10,000 Eden Park seats bound for London

LONDON-BOUND: Eden Park's temporary seating section being put together prior to the Rugby World Cup.
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LONDON-BOUND: Eden Park's temporary seating section being put together prior to the Rugby World Cup.

Less than 24 hours after the All Blacks beat France on Sunday to win the Rugby World Cup, Eden Park's temporary seating was already being dismantled for a new home in London.

The 10,000 seats, provided by an international events company, will host fans at London's Olympics next year.

The seats, which were new when erected at Eden Park, ensured the venue had a capacity of 60,000 - an IRB requirement for stadia hosting major World Cup matches.

Eden Park hosted 11 games during the tournament including both semis, the bronze match between Wales and Australia, and the weekend's nail-biting final.

General manager of sales and marketing Tracy Morgan says deconstruction of the seats, which began on Monday, will be complete by mid-December.

She says there are no plans to extend permanent seating in Eden Park.

"The capacity of the park is appropriate for the events we normally stage. Rugby World Cup was a unique event."

She says the intention from the outset was that the seating would continue on to London.

In the lead up to the tournament $240 million was spent upgrading Eden Park and increasing its seating capacity from 47,500 to 50,000.

The next major event to be hosted by Eden Park will be when the Phoenix plays Adelaide United on November 19.

It will be the first time the Wellington football team has played at the stadium.

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