Should cricket come here too?

Central Otago Mirror - - LAKES DISTRICT NEWS -

‘‘At the mo­ment Lakes Leisure is look­ing at whether there would be any tech­ni­cal com­pli­ance costs that would need to be met in terms of host­ing matches,’’ he said. ‘‘A dif­fer­ent part of the bid­ding process would be what, if any­thing, would the district pro­pose to do in re­gard to host­ing matches . . . It would be fair to say any costs as­so­ci­ated with that would be more of a dis­cre­tionary spend.’’ The move has been en­dorsed by for­mer Black Cap and Rugby World Cup or­gan­iser Martin Sned­den, who is now the New Zealand Tourism In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion’s boss. Mr Sned­don said Queen­stown’s in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure from host­ing Cricket World Cup matches would be far more pal­pa­ble and wide­spread than host­ing Rugby World Cup teams. How­ever, the $192,511 cost to ratepay­ers of host­ing Rugby World Cup events has drawn a ‘‘pro­ceed with cau­tion’’ ap­proach from Queen­stown Mayor Vanessa van Uden. ‘‘The door should not be closed on the idea of host­ing the Cricket World Cup, but a care­ful cost and ben­e­fit anal­y­sis would have to take place be­fore the coun­cil could com­mit to do­ing so.’’ A steer­ing group which in­cludes coun­cil­lors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Lakes Leisure and Des­ti­na­tion Queen­stown was ap­pointed at a late Septem­ber coun­cil meet­ing. The group has al­ready met with Cricket World Cup or­gan­is­ers twice to work over gen­eral de­tails of a po­ten­tial host­ing bid, and has un­til De­cem­ber 18 to come up a pre­lim­i­nary bid out­line. Mem­ber and coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Mawhin­ney said there was no real com­par­i­son between the ben­e­fits to Queen­stown when it came to the Rugby and Cricket World Cups. ‘‘Cricket is a much longer game, and there is am­ple op­por­tu­nity for cam­eras cover­ing a match to pan up to The Re­mark­ables or Coronet Peak or The Crown Range, and show off our mag­nif­i­cent sur­rounds. ‘‘When you take this into ac­count, and also that hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple from all over the world will be watch­ing TV cov­er­age, the ben­e­fit to Queen­stown could be quite enor­mous.’’ Des­ti­na­tion Queen­stown boss Gra­ham Budd said it was too early to talk about the po­ten­tial value of host­ing Cricket World Cup matches un­til the ben­e­fits were known.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.