EDEN PARK Experiences
“EDEN PARK IS FOR ALL OF AUCKLAND AND NEW ZEALAND NOT SOLELY FOR SUPPORTERS OF RUGBY AND CRICKET.”
Auckland’s unprecedented growth in recent years demonstrates the city’s global appeal and diverse multicultural communities. Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world and along with its European, Asian and other diverse ethnic communities, there is now interest in all sporting codes, as well as recreational, musical, and cultural events.
Eden Park has a proven track record of delivering successful events since 1903, including the 1950 Empire Games, World Masters Game Opening Ceremony 2017, RWC1987 and RWC2011, CWC1992 and CWC2015, Lions Series, annual Bledisloe Cup fixtures and the list goes on.
Eden Park remains an underutilised public facility, due in no small part to Auckland Council’s role as regulator (by way of setting consent conditions) and competitor (in the form of Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) who operate all other major outdoor stadiums in Auckland).
In 1902, Harry Ryan, a young, passionate cricketer, stood on Kingsland Road and looked out over a rough paddock.
It was strewn with stones, rocky outcrops and cowpats with a low-lying swamp at the bottom. He saw a cricket ground. This was to become Eden Park. Ryan and friends initially leased the land and the Eden Cricket Club was formed.
In 1910 the Park became the home of Auckland Cricket and then Auckland Rugby Union leased the Park in 1914, officially making Eden Park its home in 1925.
A Trust was set up in 1926 providing a group of Trustees to manage Eden Park primarily for the benefit of Auckland Cricket and Auckland Rugby.