Legends host expo at Eden Park

(Other) Thursday 17 July 2008
Legends host expo at Eden Park
All Blacks legend Grant Fox leads a tour for local residents on to the famous Eden Park turf during a public expo at the park.

A weekend expo attracted around 2000 neighbours and visitors to Eden Park in May to learn more about the stadium redevelopment plans.

The expo was set up to give the public an opportunity to view and provide feedback on topics ranging from the stadium's $240 million redevelopment to the proposed upgrades of neighbouring streets and railway stations.

Free 'behind the scenes tours' of Eden Park, an invitation to walk on the hallowed turf and updates from sporting legends who have played on the park, such as former All Blacks first five-eighth Grant Fox and former Black Caps all-rounder Dipak Patel, added to the interest in the event.

The expo was hosted by the four organisations involved in the redevelopment and related projects - Auckland City Council, Auckland Regional Transport Authority, Eden Park Redevelopment Board and the Eden Park Trust Board.

Eden Park Trust Board general manager Murray Reade says the aim was to provide a one-stop shop for the public, so that they could ask questions and meet the people involved in the various projects.

"To make the expo more of a family outing, we added a few treats such as the chance to see inside the Park for one of the last times before the South Stand comes down."

The Expo also coincided with the resource consent approval for the first stage of the stadium redevelopment, the construction of the new South Stand. Ground work has already commenced on this project and will step up a gear with the demolition of the existing South Stand later this year.

The Eden Park Redevelopment Board also received a further funding boost in May with the announcement of a $6.5 million grant from the ASB Community Trust.