Should cricket come here too?
‘‘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.