Eden Park finally allowed to host concerts, up to six per year

Auckland's Eden Park, the biggest sports venue in New Zealand, can now host up to six concerts a year.

Countless iconic sporting moments have taken place at the national stadium and now lifelong musical memories will be made there too.

Crowds of up to 60,000 could attend weekend concerts at the venue and Kiwi band Six60 are keen to be the first band to play there.

Auckland Council announced the ruling on Friday evening, saying the decision to grant resource consent was made by a panel of three independent commissioners.

A large number of submissions were received on the resource consent application totalling 2966 in support, 10 neutral and 180 against.

Among those opposed to concerts at Eden Park was former Prime Minister Helen Clark.

However, the commissioners "have concluded the identified adverse effects can be adequately avoided or mitigated, if conducted in accordance with detailed conditions of consent," says the ruling.

"Those detailed conditions include restrictions on noise and lighting, traffic plans, and the expansion of a Community Liaison Group to ensure on-going discussion and monitoring."

Concerts can be held at Eden Park on weekdays, Saturdays, public holidays and Sundays preceding a public holiday, but there are also restrictions on frequency, duration and timing. 

Six60, who made history selling out Auckland's Western Springs, attended the consent hearing to support it.

"We're a band that always likes another challenge, and this would be amazing for the industry as a whole... it's just another kind of glass ceiling to break open," frontman Matiu Walters told Newshub.

"I've seen historical moments here - we want to make a historical moment."

Given the restrictions on international musicians being able to travel and Six60's involvement in the hearing, it's likely the 'White Lines' hitmakers will already be planning the first Eden Park rock concert.

People have until February 5 to appeal the decision.