16 December 2014
By Kelly Stock, Media and Communications Manager, Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism
So this is the blog you’ve been waiting for! Time to learn everything there is to know about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and what it means for businesses in Christchurch.
Long story short – we actually don’t know what to expect. Since this is the first major event to happen here in the city following the earthquakes this is all a little new to us. However, we do know that this is a busy time of year for the tourism and hospitality industry anyway, so basically you should brace yourself for a little more craziness!
What you need to know
Opening Event: 12 February 2015
Christchurch is the lucky city to host the New Zealand opening event. This is held 2 days before the first match, and is going to be held at Carlton Corner in Hagley Park. It's going to be a real showcase of Christchurch, New Zealand and cricket, and is sure to be quite the spectacle.
Fanzone: 13 - 23 & 28 February 2015
The Christchurch City Council are putting together a public Fanzone. People can attend before and after matches, as well as watch live matches when they're not able to get tickets. There's going to be live entertainment, food, games, music and a generally festive atmosphere. It's being held in Victoria Square, to make sure it's nice and central, an easy walk to the game, and with lots of green space for people to enjoy.
All matches are played at the new Hagley Oval and start around 11am and finish about 6pm. The Fanzone will be open before, during and after.
Saturday 14 February - opening match: New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Saturday 21 February: West Indies v Pakistan
Monday 23 February: England v Scotland
Please note: no day / night one day internationals are played at Hagley Park since there are no lights. This means every game will be over by around 6pm when spectators can return to the Fanzone and other hospitality areas.
We're aware that there are going to be accommodation concerns (as there are in many other cities too) so we're implementing a plan in order to try and sell every commercial bed here in Christchurch. We'll be asking accommodation providers to reply to a daily email with a "yes" if they have availability, and this will give our Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Centre team a shortened list to contact should visitors come in requiring accommodation. This process is available to all commerical accommodation providers in the city. To sign up to the daily emails please contact Robyn McArthur.
We'll also be putting together a list for the i-SITE on the First XI things to do in Christchurch and the First XI for Canterbury as well. These will remain fairly generic, and give inspiration for people to use when booking activities. This will be designed up into an easy display, so closer to the time we can send out an email link for you to print out, should you want to include it in compendiums etc. There's also going to be a revised Christchurch Mini Map, specially designed for the CWC that will be available too.
It's time to put our best foot forward and use this opportunity to really showcase the best of what we can offer.Kelly Stock, Media and Communications Manager
February is a very busy month for Christchurch, with the Electric Avenue Music Festival, Kenny Rogers, Foo Fighters, Speights Coast to Coast and other large events, so the city is going to be buzzing with locals, domestic and international tourists.
It's time to put our best foot forward and use this opportunity to really showcase the best of what we can offer. There's considerable effort going in over the next few months to ensure that the city will be looking the best it can, but it's also up to each and every person to make sure all visitors to the city feel welcome. If anyone seems lost or confused, please point them in the direction of the i-SITE on Rolleston Ave or the Information Kiosk in the Square, or better still see if you can help them out! "Greatness is contagious" so let's all band together and make sure people view Christchurch this way.
There'll be more to come over the next few months, but just to finish it all off, here's a quick little burst of inspiration to get you into the summer party mood.