Album: Warriors To Save Eden Park?

League fans are being asked to bail out Eden Park, which is cash-strapped and weighed down by debt in the wake of the Rugby World Cup&#039;s euphoria.<br /> The cup&#039;s legacy is a 50,000-seat stadium $55 million in debt and struggling to break even and the plan is to move the Warriors from Mt Smart Stadium to Eden Park.<br /> Based on this year&#039;s figures, about 96,000 league fans could pour through the gates for eight home games at Eden Park from 2014.<br /> The proposed move is part of a review of Auckland stadiums that focuses strongly on saving money and pays little attention to the effect on the sporting codes and their fans.<br /> A &quot;strategic direction&quot; for the city&#039;s big stadiums proposes that Eden Park becomes the primary venue for rugby, league, one-day and 20/20 cricket matches.<br /> Other pieces of the jigsaw involve moving speedway to Mt Smart Stadium to free up Western Springs for test cricket.<br /> Mt Smart Stadium would be used as a training base for league, a high-performance centre and remain the home of athletics.<br /> North Harbour Stadium - which got a $1 million ratepayer subsidy in the past year - would continue to be used by North Harbour Rugby, New Zealand Soccer and for local uses.<br /> Warriors patriarch Sir Peter Leitch said the fans were happy with Mt Smart Stadium and a move to Eden Park with the 50,000-seat capacity ground three-quarters or half empty would create a horrible atmosphere.<br /> &quot;When you think of Eden Park you think rugby union. Think Mt Smart Stadium and you think rugby league. That&#039;s the reality,&quot; Sir Peter said.<br /> He said the council, which found $10 million for the V8 Supercars, only needed to spend a bit of money to upgrade Mt Smart Stadium.<br /> Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah has expressed similar concerns to the Herald on Sunday, saying league fans struggled to create an atmosphere at Eden Park.<br /> A lack of atmosphere with small crowds at midweek matches for the ITM competition is one reason Auckland Rugby is exploring the possibility of moving one match from Eden Park t



Warriors To Save Eden Park?

Updated Sep 26, 2013
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League fans are being asked to bail out Eden Park, which is cash-strapped and weighed down by debt in the wake of the Rugby World Cup's euphoria.
The cup's legacy is a 50,000-seat stadium $55 million in debt and struggling to break even and the plan is to move the Warriors from Mt Smart Stadium to Eden Park.
Based on this year's figures, about 96,000 league fans could pour through the gates for eight home games at Eden Park from 2014.
The proposed move is part of a review of Auckland stadiums that focuses strongly on saving money and pays little attention to the effect on the sporting codes and their fans.
A "strategic direction" for the city's big stadiums proposes that Eden Park becomes the primary venue for rugby, league, one-day and 20/20 cricket matches.
Other pieces of the jigsaw involve moving speedway to Mt Smart Stadium to free up Western Springs for test cricket.
Mt Smart Stadium would be used as a training base for league, a high-performance centre and remain the home of athletics.
North Harbour Stadium - which got a $1 million ratepayer subsidy in the past year - would continue to be used by North Harbour Rugby, New Zealand Soccer and for local uses.
Warriors patriarch Sir Peter Leitch said the fans were happy with Mt Smart Stadium and a move to Eden Park with the 50,000-seat capacity ground three-quarters or half empty would create a horrible atmosphere.
"When you think of Eden Park you think rugby union. Think Mt Smart Stadium and you think rugby league. That's the reality," Sir Peter said.
He said the council, which found $10 million for the V8 Supercars, only needed to spend a bit of money to upgrade Mt Smart Stadium.
Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah has expressed similar concerns to the Herald on Sunday, saying league fans struggled to create an atmosphere at Eden Park.
A lack of atmosphere with small crowds at midweek matches for the ITM competition is one reason Auckland Rugby is exploring the possibility of moving one match from Eden Park t

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