Welcome to Eden Park Every year over half a million local and international sports fans enjoy matches and functions at the Park. While Eden Park is most notably remembered for hosting the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final, it has been the home of Auckland Cricket, Auckland Rugby and international events since the early 1900’s. 2015 will see Eden Park as co-host for the Cricket World Cup and host for many other events such as the Dick Smith NRL Auckland 9s, Bledisloe Cup, ITM Cup, Super Rugby, Football and International and Domestic Cricket games. With state-of-the-art facilities and services, Eden Park successfully hosts sell-out crowds of up to 50,000 on match days and many non-match day functions. During the 2011 Rugby World Cup temporary seating was used above the East and West Stands to increase the seating to 60,000 capacity. After the World Cup these seats were dismantled and sent overseas for the London Olympics. During the redevelopment prior to the Rugby World Cup many features of the Stadium were upgraded such as lighting, audio-visual infrastructure, ICT, external building materials, seating and comprehensive stadium access and egress. A prominent feature of Eden Park is the exterior material on the South Stand, which is built of ethylene-tetraflouroethylene (ETFE). This building polymer is transparent allowing light for local environs and it's also light-weight. The exterior is self-cleaning and can be impressively lit up with up to a thousand different colours. Eden Park has retractable seats positioned at the base of the South Stand, when retracted they complete the area required for international cricket, with the wicket running North to South. Eden Park is located in the heart of Auckland (3km from the CBD), and is well serviced by arterial roads, buses and trains.