Changes will make it at­trac­tive

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More flex­i­bil­ity is needed for Eden Park to pros­per, chief ex­ec­u­tive David Kennedy says.

The park hosted 24 fix­tures in 2013 for more than 400,000 spec­ta­tors.

But the con­sents the park has been op­er­at­ing un­der for the last 20 years, which cover things like night-time events, noise and traf­fic con­trol, are not al­ways rel­e­vant to­day, he says.

‘‘Eden Park is seek­ing the in­clu­sion of these re­de­velop- ment op­tions now be­cause the Uni­tary Plan will ap­ply for the next 25 to 30 years.’’

Changes would help make the park at­trac­tive on na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els as well as en­sure its fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity.

It would also ben­e­fit Auck­land’s econ­omy.

‘‘De­vel­op­ment of the num­ber two field can only take place with the full agree­ment of Auck­land Cricket and Auck­land Rugby,’’ Kennedy says.

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