Dunedin is to host seven under 20 Football World Cup matches at its new covered stadium, including a round of 16 clash ( the round before the quarterfinals).
The news was delivered locally by deputy mayor Chris Staynes, at the host venue, the Otago Stadium.
Dunedin had gained experience at the Rugby World Cup and had the advantage of a covered stadium, he said.
Speaking from Auckland, Mayor Dave Cull said the hosting was a wonderful outcome for the city.
"It will be a great opportunity to showcase Dunedin to players, officials, and supporters."
The Dunedin City Council announced it would bid for games last year, but later withdrew a bid to hosts finals games, saying ratepayers couldn't afford the host fees. However, Fifa was keen to secure the city's weatherproof arena and excellent value for the city was negotiated.
Football South chairman Matthew Holdridge said the announcement was good news for the entire region south of Timaru, because it will involve thousands of local football members.
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