Unprecedented A-List Set To Descend On Eden Park As Rugby Returns To NZ
As the country prepares to don jerseys and scarves to return to the winter season of live sport, some of the world’s biggest names are gearing up to arrive at Eden Park to be part of the action this Sunday.
Kiwis will be among the first around the globe to return to stadia without restrictions when Super Rugby Aotearoa kicks off this weekend following months of cancelled events and deserted stands.
The innovative activation will see New Zealand’s national stadium host a range of athletes, artists and world leaders including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Elon Musk, Tyson Fury, Taylor Swift, Steven Adams, Carole Baskin, Dame Julie Andrews, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylie Jenner and the country’s own Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
Eden Park says the stadium received an outpouring of support from locals, members and partners during the nationwide lockdown and staff are working around the clock to ensure a successful return of rugby.
“The health of staff, athletes and patrons remains our priority and our team has played a key role in developing ‘the Covid Code’ for Government. Following the move to Alert Level 1, a number of additional measures will be in place at Eden Park such as sanitiser stations, hygiene promotion signage and additional cleaning of frequently used surfaces. The Park’s QR code will be available for those utilising the NZ COVID Tracer App,” says Eden Park Chief Executive Officer Nick Sautner.
Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online to prevent delays at the box office and ensure they don’t miss a second of the action when the Blues face the Hurricanes at 3.35pm. ‘Fans on the Field’ will allow sport lovers, young and old, the opportunity to walk on the hallowed turf post-match.
A recent business confidence survey suggested that six out of 10 people believe rugby resuming at Eden Park is a sign of life returning to normal.
“New Zealand is a global leader in tourism, agriculture and film, and now being able to experience live sport back in stadia together again following the worldwide pandemic. We’re hoping to welcome back 50,000 of our team of 5 million who all played a key role in eliminating COVID-19. A special thank you to all Kiwis who are just as excited as we are to return to watching live sport and entertainment at New Zealand’s national stadium,” says Sautner.
The stadium’s lean workforce was challenged to pivot outside of their normal roles during the lockdown and consider how Eden Park can continue to give back to its community whilst creating alternative revenue streams. During this period, Eden Park won an international ‘Product Innovation’ award for its Staydium Glamping at the UK’s Stadium Business Awards. The unique accommodation experience launched a year ago where two custom-designed domes sit in the north-eastern corner and overlook the hallowed turf.
The stadium will play a key role in contributing to Aotearoa’s economy through future events including its back-to-back 2021 calendar which will see the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, the 2021 Rugby World Cup and Te Matatini hosted at Eden Park.
Gates open this Sunday at 2pm and tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster. Travel on trains, regular and special event buses to and from Eden Park is included with match tickets. See more information here.