Fans flock to Eden Park

22:12, Feb 10 2013
Eden Park celebrates 100 years
Alex Munro and Eden Rose-Yon at the Eden Park open day.
Eden Park celebrates 100 years
Kelly and Simon Taylor with their son Dylan relax on the field at Eden Park.
Eden Park celebrates 100 years
Youngsters battle it out in sack races at Eden Park's 100-year celebration.
Eden Park celebrates 100 years
Oscar Graham, Kazik Swain, Lukasz Swain and Lritesh Cholluri celebrate the stadium's birthday.

Eden Park opened its doors to the public yesterday to celebrate 100 years of existence.

What started as a reclaimed swamp in 1913 was flooded with children as sporting stars rubbed shoulders with the next generation of up and comers. 

Lloyd Evans brought his three children for the day and enjoyed visiting previously out of bounds areas like the changing rooms and the coaches' box.

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CHILD'S PLAY: Youngsters battle it out in sack races at Eden Park's 100-year celebration.

"We thought it would be a great thing to do," he said.

From cricket and soccer to egg and spoon and sack races, MC Duncan Garner kept the kids busy hosting an array of events on hallowed number one turf.

"We know lots of people get a real buzz from walking about on it or even kicking a ball around," said Eden Park Trust chief executive David Kennedy.

Avi Crossland made sure his wife took a photo of him standing in front of the Bledisloe Cup and the Ranfurly Shield.

"These are things we have grown up with," he said. "It's great to see when you are older."

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