Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Auckland to host FIFA U20 World Cup 2015 Final

15 August 2013

Auckland to host FIFA U20 World Cup 2015 Final

Mayor Len Brown says Auckland is living up to its potential as a city for major events, with an announcement today that the city will host the final of the FIFA U20 World Cup 2015.

“In 2015, the focus of football fans around the world will be on New Zealand, with Auckland playing a big part,” Len Brown said. “This will be second-largest event the Auckland has ever played a role in hosting, after the Rugby World Cup, and a great opportunity to showcase our region to the world.

“The FIFA U20 event is expected to bring around $6 million into the Auckland’s economy, result in an additional 47,000 international and domestic visitor nights for Auckland, and will expose Auckland to a worldwide television audience of 170 million in more than 100 countries.”

ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) will invest $2.5 million from its Major Events Fund towards hosting of the event.

Len Brown says, Auckland’s role in FIFA U20 is evidence that the strategy to establish Auckland as a major events destination is paying dividends.

“Over the past year alone Auckland has hosted more than 30 major events, bringing an estimated $39 million into the region, a third above our target. Of equal importance are the benefits of a more exciting and festive city that events of this scale bring.”

The FIFA U20 World’s will take place in May – June 2015. North Harbour Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremony, four pool matches, a quarter and semi-final, the bronze medal playoff and the final. In total 24 countries will play 52 matches at cities around New Zealand.

Rachael Carroll, ATEED General Manager Destination and Marketing, says today’s announcement is an excellent outcome for Auckland, given the highly competitive bid process involving other New Zealand cities and the level of benefit to the host.

“Auckland’s football community will be delighted with today’s announcement, which will see an incredibly high standard of play in the crucial knock-out games, and this is a huge opportunity to showcase Auckland as a destination. ATEED will work closely with event organisers to ensure the tournament’s benefits are felt across New Zealand.”

The event is expected to employ more than 100 staff and mobilise up to 1000 volunteers. It will also involve relationships with a large number of international and domestic organisations, from national sports federations to community groups.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news