Eden Park reigns supreme at EVANZ Awards

Eden Park has won the Supreme Venue of the Year prize at this year’s Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) Awards.

The Auckland stadium also won the Large Venue of the Year accolade at the awards ceremony in Wellington on Monday.

James Wilson from Q Theatre in Auckland won the Priava Supreme Venue Person of the Year Award. He also won the Venue Executive of the Year Award. Mark Lye from HPA won the EVANZ Contribution to Industry Award.

Eden Park CEO Nick Sautner said the awards recognised industry excellence and acknowledged the entire Eden Park team’s efforts to deliver world-class live events for the benefit of the Auckland region and the broader community.

“We’d love to bring our neighbours, the wider community, people from around the country and the world even more outstanding live events, we just need to work through current restrictions that allow only 25 event nights a year,” said Sautner.

The wins come in another history-making year at Eden Park in which a great range of events were held at New Zealand’s national stadium, including the World Masters Games Opening Ceremony, three DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 matches, Pasifika Challenge – the first rugby double header.

The venue also hosted the NRL9s, Super Rugby, the inaugural ASB G9 golf event, domestic and international cricket fixtures, Mates on the Field Commemoration Service, and a number of community initiatives that have engaged our neighbourhood.

In addition, Eden Park received approval to host New Zealand’s first day/night cricket test in March 2018.

“I’d like to thank the entire Eden Park team, stakeholders, volunteers, suppliers and commercial partners for embracing change and helping to embed a high-performance culture here, which is a huge part of our success,” said Sautner.
Eden Park also won the best Business Award at the Australasian Leisure Management Awards earlier this year.
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