Backing the BLACKCAPS is the Wellington way

17 March 2015

The ICC Cricket World Cup has seen Wellington become a hive of activity over the past month, and with the BLACKCAPS taking on West Indies in the quarter final this Saturday, the city is preparing for another big week.

“With a capacity crowd on the cards, I’m delighted to announce we’ll be showing the game live on the big screen at our Village Green Fan Hub in Civic Square, as well as the semi-final on Tuesday next week” says Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

Councillor Jo Coughlan, chair of Council’s Economic Growth and Arts Committee says the quarter final will mark the second time that Wellington Regional Stadium will host a capacity crowd during the Cricket World Cup – the first being the BLACKCAPS v England a few weeks ago.

“A full stadium is great news for Wellington, in terms of both atmosphere at the game and economic

 benefit for the city” says Councillor Coughlan. “We estimate that the BLACKCAPS v England game bought in between $8-10m to the city, so we are hoping for a similar result this weekend.”

In the lead up to the game, Wellington will be pulling out all the stops, with two days of food, fun and entertainment, capped off with a spectacular fireworks display over the harbour on the eve of the quarter final. There will also be an opportunity for fans to meet the BLACKCAPS at a signing session in Civic Square on Thursday afternoon.

“We are very proud to be hosting the BLACKCAPS in the Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter final against the Windies” says Mayor Wade-Brown. “Volunteers and staff are doing a brilliant job and everyone can enjoy the Capital’s quarter final weekend.”

Thursday 19 March

11am-4pm

Village Green Fan Hub

Civic Square

Featuring live music and entertainment including The Frontliners and Chocolate Box.

4-5pm

BLACKCAPS autograph signing at the Village Green

Civic Square

Friday 20 March

11am-4pm

Village Green Fan Hub

Civic Square

We’re bringing good times to our Village Green in Civic Square to mark the eve of the ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-finals. Enjoy classic Kiwi entertainment like backyard cricket and a free sausage sizzle at 12 noon.

12pm

Free sausage sizzle

Civic Square

Free for the first 250 people

9pm

Fireworks

Wellington waterfront

Find yourself a good spot on Wellington’s beautiful waterfront to watch a spectacular fireworks display over the harbour on the eve of the quarter final.

9.15pm

Cadbury Films by Starlight - Blancanieves (M)

Civic Square

Free films on the Village Green.

Saturday 21 March

11.30am-1pm

Village Green Fan Hub

Civic Square

We’ll be gearing up for the big game with entertainment and live music, including the legendary Royal New Zealand Airforce Band.

12pm

Free sausage sizzle

Civic Square

Free for the first 250 people.

1pm

Fantrail

Civic Square

Meet up at the Village Green and join the march to Wellington Regional Stadium to support the BLACKCAPS in their quarter-final.

2pm

ICC Cricket World Cup quarter final – BLACKCAPS v West Indies

Wellington Regional Stadium

Live on the big screen – BLACKCAPS v West Indies

Civic Square

We’ll be screening the quarter final on a big screen in Civic Square. Please note this is a family friendly, alcohol free event.


Tuesday March 24

2pm

ICC Cricket World Cup Auckland semi final

Civic Square

Screening live in Civic Square.