June 15, 2012

New Zealand cricket

Auckland's Victoria Park, a stellar option for Tests

Nikita Bastian

Max Bania, writing for TVNZ, says if it's true that plans are afoot for a 10,000-capacity purpose-built stadium at Victoria Park, it would be a huge boost not just for Auckland, but for the health of Test cricket in New Zealand.

To borrow a few Aucklandisms this is all about location, location, location ... There's ample foot traffic in the area and walk-up crowds would be immense. For those who have never seen a Test in Auckland, there's the chance to satisfy that particular curiosity; while fans old enough to remember the 1992 World Cup will be able to relive those glory days while paying five times as much for a beer. Office workers could sneak away at lunchtime and after work ... The ground could be easily filled during the HRV Cup, too.

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