4 Auckland RWC2011 Party Centrals


RWC organisers confirm there will be party centrals at Albany, Henderson and Manukau in addition to the controversial CBD site at Queens Wharf.

The Party Centrals, official known as Fan Zones will range in size from Queens Wharf, which will be open every day of the six-week tournament and is capable of hosting up to 20,000 people, to smaller sites open on selected days with capacities of up to 5000 people.

The Queens Wharf Fan Zone will be the focus of a public celebration on opening night – September 9, 2011 – and a wide variety of festival activity throughout the Tournament.

Albany’s Civic Lakes Fan Zone will cater for up to 10,000 fans in two areas – one licensed area and one family friendly area with activities for children. It will also feature a floating screen on one of the lakes.

The Trusts Stadium in the west and Manukau’s Pacific Events Centre in the south will be home to indoor Fan Zones complete with big screen action, entertainment and food and beverage areas. The Trusts Stadium will cater for up to 7000 people while the Pacific Events Centre will have a capacity of up to 8000.

As well as the four official Fan Zones, there will be festival sites in Pakuranga, Papakura and in several parts of Rodney. There will also be other festival events throughout the region such as Diwali festival of Lights (in Auckland’s newly revamped Aotea Square), Auckland Heritage Festival and Manukau Festival of Arts.

QUEENS WHARF: A taste of RWC2011 during an open day

RWC 2011 Auckland Regional Steering Group chair Rachael Dacy said that as well as the RWC 2011 matches on big screens the Fan Zones will feature live entertainment, opportunities to “showcase food, culture and music, visitor information and official RWC 2011 merchandise.”
She said the zones would attract “large numbers of people who may not normally head to these locations giving nearby bars, restaurants and other businesses opportunities to capitalise on increased foot traffic.”




  1. karl says:

    Actually those numbers sound pretty small to me. Well, I guess people can just celebrate in parks and so on, if they want to.


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