Eden Park scoops cup semi­fi­nal

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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.

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