Auckland misses out on public screening of RWC final
Auckland Council says there will be no publicly funded outdoor screening of Sunday morning's Rugby World Cup final, as "the public already has a number of options for viewing the game".
The World Cup final will screen live on free-to-air television at 5am, as well as at several cafes, bars and restaurants around the city.
"ATEED [Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development], on behalf of Auckland Council, has investigated whether there is a need for a publicly funded screening in the early hours of the morning," says ATEED's Brett O'Riley.
"It's been decided that this is not warranted when there are already a number of businesses catering for those members of the public who want to enjoy the game alongside other fans."
Mr O'Riley says the council also looked at changing the date or time of Sunday's Auckland Marathon, but other options were "unavailable" because of conflicting events, venue availability and traffic management.
The marathon will provide a large screen for marathon participants at the start of the race in Devonport and keep them updated on the rugby score throughout the morning.