Eden Park Redevelopment
New Zealand’s premier sporting venue
As our largest rugby and cricket stadium, Eden Park has constantly been at the forefront of New Zealand’s big sporting events. In anticipation of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, venue organisers wanted extensive redevelopment that would transform Eden Park beyond being just a venue, into an experience.
By world standards, the 45,000 seating capacity was much too small for a world cup final. Facilities, including service areas and kitchens needed improvements, crowd pressure on adjacent streets had to be managed effectively, a greater seating capacity had to be built, and all within a venue that remained in full use.
We began work on the extensive redevelopment in May 2008. A new six-level 21,500-seat South Stand and temporary seating on the East and West stands lifted seating capacity to 60,000. New corporate boxes, media and player facilities, extensive service areas, kitchens, food and beverage outlets, office space and lounges were built.
The capacity to manage the movement of crowds both within and beyond the stadium was another fundamental feature of the mammoth project. A large purpose-built bus hub along with new and improved linkages to the rail system was a final drawcard in bringing the “park back to Eden Park”.