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Concerts at Eden Park

New Zealand’s national stadium has filed a resource consent application to host up to six concerts a year in future.

Eden Park opted for the application to be publicly notified to ensure public could have their say.

Learn more about proposed operational parameters including traffic, lighting, sound and more.

In December 2019, the stadium announced that it would submit a publicly notified application to stage up to six concerts a year. Submissions were open until 3 April on Auckland Council’s website.

Under Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan, the stadium is entitled to apply to stage up to six shows annually as a discretionary activity. Experience has shown that applying for individual resource consents for each show is a practicably unattainable proposition for both the stadium and music promoters.

Eden Park continues to engage with the local community, including the Community Liaison Group, and further consultation will be undertaken in the coming weeks to understand submissions on the proposal. In March, an information session was held for neighbours and local businesses to gain an understanding of the application, the stadium’s direction and a chance to provide feedback directly. UMR Research shows that 87% of local residents support up to six concerts per year.

The stadium will invest significant amounts in a previously consented acoustic barrier to minimise potential impacts on neighbours. The implementation of the structure will also include a large superscreen which will substantially enhance the fan experience at both sporting fixtures and concerts.

Insight Economics research shows that concerts will generate an additional $24.8 million each year in regional GDP from direct and flow-on effects and create 395 full-time-equivalent (FTEs) jobs and an additional 140 FTEs in subsequent employment.

The Eden Park Trust believes the stadium will deliver a superior event experience to music fans, with its transport connectivity, proximity to the city and facilities that cater to all demographics ensuring a special concert event for the music and cultural communities of New Zealand.

“We’re seeking consent to do what is conditionally provided for – stage music and cultural shows at New Zealand’s national stadium,” Sautner says. “The restrictions Eden Park is required to operate under are unique among stadiums across the country, making all but the most everyday sports events unaffordable to deliver.”

In 2018 music legend Phil Collins was secured to headline a charity concert. Due to time constraints and the prospect of substantial Environment Court costs to consent an individual event, however, the application was withdrawn. This was the stadium’s first attempt at applying to hold a single concert under the Unitary Plan and illustrates the obstacles of practically giving effect, in a timely or affordable manner, to the provisions on a case-by-case basis.

Eden Park was also required to apply for consent to host this year’s Auckland Anniversary weekend T20 between the BLACKCAPS and India on a Sunday with a scheduled finish time of 11pm. The costs to secure each individual resource consent increase significantly if the matter is appealed to the Environment Court.

“Eden Park is making every effort to meet all concerns about sound, traffic and general amenity, with management plans around vehicle and crowd movements,” says Sautner. “In terms of managing large crowds and traffic, our stadium is an industry leader, as evidenced by our record through Rugby World Cup finals and other large international competitions.

“We look forward to upcoming discussions with our community and stakeholders, with the hope of reaching a positive outcome which will benefit the people of Tāmaki Makaurau,” he adds.

If you’d like to read the application’s supporting documents, these are still available on Auckland Council’s website here.