Good security in place for ODI
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.