New Zealand’s Eden Park stadium has been given the green light to hold up to six concerts a year.
The 118-year-old stadium in Auckland received extensive support for its application to host concerts when submissions were opened to the public in March 2020. 94% of submissions to Auckland Council were in favour of the proposal and a subsequent hearing was held in November in front of three independent commissioners.
Eden Park is extending thanks to the community including neighbours, local businesses, sporting organisations and the entertainment industry for ensuring their voices were heard in the process.
Eden Park chief executive officer Nick Sautner said:
We’ve been inundated with messages of congratulations this afternoon from a range of society. Our community came together to make this decision possible and we couldn’t have done it without each of these individuals.
We are thrilled to have an overwhelming level of support to deliver more experiences for New Zealanders, which further showcases the ongoing positive relationship Eden Park has with its neighbours. I am extremely proud of our staff and supporters who have worked tirelessly to achieve today’s historic result.
The decision to grant approval means that Eden Park does not have to apply for a separate resource consent for each individual concert which proved to be both cost prohibitive and time consuming in 2018. It allows shows to be booked, scheduled and confirmed years in advance.
The independent commissioners’ report released today states that granting consent to the application would promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.
‘That is, it would allow the use of an existing physical resource (Eden Park) in a way that would enable people and communities to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well-being while sustaining the potential for that resource to meet the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations, safeguard natural resources and avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse effects on the environment.’ Sautner added:
These events will provide employment opportunities and economic benefits for Auckland and the entire economy, as well as much-needed entertainment experiences for Kiwis. We have artists ready to announce shows at Eden Park however we are required to wait the appeal window is closed to share details.
The appeal window closes in 15 working days.
Eden Park is New Zealand’s national stadium and a globally iconic arena, located in central Auckland. With 118 years of history, the Park has hosted some of the world’s most memorable sporting moments from cricket, to rugby, to rugby league and football. A range of other community initiatives and events are also hosted throughout the year.