Prince William will view the progress of development at Aukland's Eden Park stadium when he visits New Zealand at the beginning of the New Year.

The Prince William of Wales is set to visit New Zealand in January and will be joined by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, World Cup Minister Murray McCully and Rugby New Zealand CEO Martin Snedden to oversee the progress of the new renovations ahead of the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

The Chief Executive of RNZ is delighted to have the Prince in attendance at Eden Park for the development update.

"This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the developments being made to our top Rugby stadium,” Snedden explaind.

“I am sure that, with his keen interest in Rugby, Prince William will be impressed with the progress that has been made so far and we hope he will be able to return in 2011 to join in the RWC 2011 celebrations and watch some outstanding Rugby.”

Eden Park's capacity will increase to 60,000 with the redevelopment and renovation to the stadium will also include a new South Stand which will seat 21,500 and also accommodate 50 corporate boxes.

The completion date for the facelift is set to be in October 2010 and will cost approximately $190,000.

Posted on 22/12/2009