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Fans flock to Eden Park

Open day celebrates 100 years of sport

CHARLES ANDERSON
Last updated 07:38 11/02/2013

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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.

"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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