Rugby fans keen to keep track of the live action
during the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand, will have plenty
of options in Auckland with four official ‘fan zones’ covering the
north, south, east and west of the region.
In addition to the
central city site at Queens Wharf, there will also be official fan
zones at Albany on Auckland’s North Shore, Henderson to the west
of the city and Manukau to the south.
The sites will
provide enthusiasts without match tickets the chance to be part of
the live action and with a family-friendly, festival focus.
RWC 2011 Auckland Regional Steering Group
chair Rachael Dacy, said fan zones had
become an integral part of large global sporting events such as
the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games and were extremely popular
with locals and visitors.
With matches happening all over
the country, Dacy said the fan zones would provide an opportunity
for all visitors and Aucklanders to be part of the action, not
just those with rugby match tickets.
"Auckland’s fan zones
will create a festival atmosphere and would feature family events
as well as licensed areas," said Dacy. "As well as the RWC
2011 matches on big screens the fan zones will feature live
entertainment, opportunities to showcase New Zealand food, culture
and music, visitor information and official RWC 2011 merchandise."
Auckland’s fan zones will range in size from Queens Wharf, which
will be open every day of the six-week tournament and is capable
of hosting up to 20,000 people, to smaller sites open on selected
days with capacities of up to 5000 people.
Wharf fan zone will be the focus of a public celebration on
opening night - 9 September 2011 - and a wide variety of festival activity throughout the tournament.
Albany’s Civic Lakes
fan zone will cater for up to 10,000 fans in two areas - one
licensed area and one family friendly area with activities for
children. It will also feature a floating screen on one of the
The Trusts Stadium in Waitakere to the west, and
Manukau’s Pacific Events Centre in the south will be home to
indoor fan zones complete with big screen action, entertainment
and food and beverage areas. The Trusts Stadium will cater for up
to 7000 people, while the Pacific Events Centre will have a
capacity of up to 8000.
As well as the
four official fan zones, there will be festival sites in Pakuranga
and Papakura in South Auckland, and in several parts of Rodney
District to the north of Auckland.
Other festival events
throughout the region will include the Diwali Festival of Lights
in Auckland’s newly revamped Aotea Square, the Auckland Heritage
Festival and the Manukau Festival of Arts.
"Put all this
together and Auckland’s fan zones and festival programme offers
activity from Warkworth in the north to Papakura in the south. We
are looking to create something for everybody that is easily
accessible for all," Dacy added.
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