Auckland shortlisted for major Sports City award
Auckland is among five cities shortlisted for the 2014 SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City award.
New Zealand's biggest city is on the list along with Calgary, Copenhagen, London and Melbourne.
The award is given out every two years, with the winner in 2012 being London, on the back of their successful Olympic Games and it has been running since 2006.
In January Auckland was named for the first time in a list of 30 cities from around the world in contention for the award and it has now made the cut to the top five.
The cities have will be ranked by SportBusiness' expert judging panel who all have extensive knowledge of sports events and the destinations that host them.
As well as being on the shortlist for the ultimate sports city overall winner award, Auckland is also among five cities on the medium size city award, along with Copenhagen, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Paris.
Medium sized cities are those with a population of between 1.3 and 3 million.
As in the past, the shortlisted cities will be evaluated according to the size and volume of events they have hosted between an eight year time period (which has moved on two years to 2010 and 2018 since the last rankings) alongside a range of other criteria including venues, transport and infrastructure, accommodation, event strategy, government and public support, legacy, quality of life, security, marketing/promotional ability/branding.
During this window Auckland has or will host the Rugby World Cup final, Cricket World Cup games, Rugby League World Cup fixtures, Auckland Nines, ITU triathlon, BMX World Cup, Volvo Ocean race stop over, Fifa under-20 Soccer World Cup.
The final results will be announced at the SportAccord International Convention in Antalya, Turkey on April 10.
Ultimate Sports City Award: Overall winner
Ultimate Sports City Award: Extra Large city
Ultimate Sports City Award: Large city
Ultimate Sports City Award: Medium city
Ultimate Sports City Award: Small city