Eden Park scoops cup semifinal
Eden Park will host a semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 when New Zealand and Australia share the tournament.
The Mt Eden stadium will host four games from the 49 match schedule.
Joint hosts Australia and New Zealand will go head to head on February 28 for the first of Eden Park’s three pool matches, before games involving cricket powerhouse nations South Africa, India and Pakistan take place in March.
The semi-final has been set down for March 24.
Auckland is one of seven New Zealand cities to host matches, with the remainder to be held in Australia.
The final will be in Melbourne on March 29.
Mayor Len Brown says securing a semifinal match is a real coup.
‘‘These matches will bring more than $16 million into Auckland’s economy and generate more than 78,000 visitor nights,’’ he says.
‘‘Alongside Kiwi fans, Auckland’s large South African, Indian and Pakistani communities will be thrilled to have their teams play at Eden Park.’’
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development will invest $3m from its Major Events Fund to deliver the host city components of the tournament which will be supplemented by $1.1m from the Government.