Good se­cu­rity in place for ODI

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

New Zealand Cricket re­sponded by sug­gest­ing a buf­fer zone of three empty rows of seats could be in­tro­duced for the one-day se­ries.

That’s not pos­si­ble for most of the stands in Auck­land be­cause of the early sell-out, with ca­pac­ity re­duced to about 21,500 dur­ing the ground’s re­de­vel­op­ment.

But Eden Park gen­eral man­ager Mur­ray Reade says a buf­fer zone in front of the ter­races was al­ready fac­tored into plans be­fore the Welling­ton in­ci­dent, be­cause it has been a prob­lem area in the past.

“The ter­races have al­ways been a bit more of a lively part of the ground.

“That three-row buf­fer zone has been a fea­ture for a num­ber of years now.”

He says the buf­fer zone stops peo­ple from in­vad­ing the pitch and throw­ing things on to it.

The rest of the stands are fur­ther away from the field, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult to throw ob­jects on to the ground.

Ques­tions were also raised about the ef­fec­tive­ness of se­cu­rity guards af­ter the Welling­ton match, with some be­ing ac­cused of watch­ing the game rather than the crowd.

How­ever Mr Reade says se­cu­rity staff at Eden Park are vig­i­lant and do a good job bal­anc­ing peo­ple’s de­sire to have a good time with safety con­cerns.

“It’s about ef­fec­tively manag­ing the crowd, not about be­ing over­bear­ing. We don’t want to be the fun po­lice.”

New Zealand Cricket chief ex­ec­u­tive Justin Vaughan says he’s happy with se­cu­rity ar­range­ments planned for the ground.

“There will be good lev­els of se­cu­rity. Eden Park over the past few years has been pretty good.”

He says West­pac Sta­dium poses more chal­lenges than other grounds, with the crowd closer to the field in many parts.

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