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31 March 201401:58

Christchurch’s Royal Visit

A visit from royalty goes to show that the impact of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 (ICC CWC 2015) will go far beyond sport in Christchurch.

Christchurch’s Royal Visit - Cricket News

Christchurch, will welcome The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a special event to countdown to the tournament.

On 14 April, Christchurch, one of the fourteen host cities, will welcome The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a special event to countdown to the tournament.

Their Royal Highnesses will visit Latimer Square in the city’s central business district to view a cricket activity zone featuring former players and local junior cricketers.

Christchurch will play a significant role in the ICC CWC 2015, hosting the opening ceremony, the opening match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and two other pool matches. Fixtures will be played at the newly redeveloped Hagley Oval.

The ICC CWC 2015 will be the first major event to be held in Christchurch since the devastating earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011.

During their stop at Latimer Square the Royal couple will be briefed on the progress of the Hagley Oval redevelopment by Canterbury representatives. Construction of a new pavilion and grass embankment began in December 2013 and will be completed prior to the start of the 2014/2015 season.

The Oval redevelopment is an important project for Christchurch, creating a new home for cricket in Canterbury. The pavilion will also be used by other sporting codes.

Therese Walsh, Head of New Zealand for the ICC CWC 2015 said: “The recognition by their Royal Highnesses of the role this tournament will have on the city of Christchurch is significant.

“The tournament will give the city an opportunity to show that it is back in business after a difficult few years, and give the residents an opportunity to be a part of this global sporting event.”

For more information about ICC CWC 2015 in Christchurch, please click here.