Organisers of the under-20 World Cup were offered almost $500,000 worth of incentives to play in New Plymouth.
Last week the region was confirmed as one of seven New Zealand hosts for the 2015 Fifa tournament.
But that coup has come at a cost.
As a part of the bid to secure the six games, the New Plymouth District Council has offered $412,000 in services to the organisers.
Yarrow Stadium, which will be called Stadium Taranaki during the tournament, normally costs $65,000 to hire, but that will not be charged for each of the games during the World Cup.
A further $80,000 has been added to the next council budget to help run the tournament.
Venture Taranaki also contributed from its major events fund towards the bid but the council and VT refused to say how much.
Cathy Thurston, general manager of community service at the NPDC, said the full cost of securing the games could not be released because the information is commercially sensitive.
"We made a bid to the major event fund in November 2011, which was approved, but we can't tell you more than that," she said.
The Hamilton City Council had no problems divulging its outlay.
It has revealed $800,000 was paid to secure six pool matches, a last-16 qualifying encounter and a quarterfinal at Waikato Stadium.
A group of business leaders and stakeholder representatives raised $400,000 for the bid and their financial contribution was matched by the council.
Last month the Nelson City Council withdrew its bid to host five games over concerns about cost.
The council had approved $500,000 to secure pool matches, which fell short of expectations by up to another $500,000.
While New Plymouth has six games, including a final-16 match, VT chief executive Stuart Trundle said it had not cost anywhere near the Hamilton amount.
"We are significantly lower than that. The cash incentive was a much smaller element of our bid and we negotiated hard for our community."
Mr Trundle said New Plymouth was well known as an event destination and the supportive community had impacted on the smaller cash payment.
"It's about managing risk and New Plymouth always delivers a good crowd. You can tell that by the All Blacks games and Womad," he said.
The major events fund budget for 2012 was $876,000.
"We use that fund for every event so this just caused us to think smartly and build on our reputation rather than offering cash," he said.
Ms Thurston said the event would provide a huge economic benefit to New Plymouth and give the province international recognition.
"It's all about our need to attract and retain people to live, work and visit Taranaki. We are really pleased to have this opportunity."
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