Sports Talk: Eden Park & the future of test cricket

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As the NZ cricket season winds to a close with the Ford Trophy winding up yesterday with an easy win to the Auckland Aces over Canterbury and the Black Caps winding up their NZ summer campaign last week against England, there still remains the question around the use of Eden Park as a test ground. Eden Park is never going to be remotely close to even a third full with the best possible crowd that a New Zealand cricket test can muster, even less so with the ticket prices of up to $45 for a single day or $105 for all 5 days of a 5 day test. This leaves only one other realistic option: finding another suitable location for international test matches within Auckland. Auckland Cricket is pushing for a test during next summers test series against India, despite the England test match only attracting a daily average of 7,600 over the 5 days. It is a far better option to move the tests to a smaller venue and fill it for a great atmosphere than 1/4 fill an echo chamber with people dotted around it’s perimeter with 10 empty seats between each person.

Sportsfreak have given their take on Eden Park and Auckland’s other options for test venues:

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Although I still think there is one other plausible option in Auckland that has been missed, and that is Victoria Park in the CBD. Vic Park would be an ideal location for a test venue being slap bang in the middle of the city close to public transport, dining, bars and just a quick walk for people to pop down after work or even during their lunch breaks to watch an International cricket match.

Via the Beige Brigade:

The VIP project is a vision that will see the green space of Victoria Park developed into an international sports and festival space.

The space would not only see international Test cricket return to Auckland after a 7-year hiatus due to a lack of adequate facilities, but would also cater for outdoor concerts, festivals and events.

What would be …better than knocking off work a couple of hours early and strolling down to Vic Park to sip on a beer in the sun, parked up on the embankment (with your tie off and your jandals on)?

Public use of the park would not be compromised as the only permanent addition would be some snazzy new player/back-of-house facilities and a grass embankment.

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VicYou can view the full concept proposal PDF here

 

Thanks to the Beige Brigade


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