The FIFA Fan Festival™ at The Cloud in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland will not open today, Auckland Council has announced.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, the Office of the Mayor and Auckland Council have decided together, and out of deep respect for those who lost their lives and those affected in downtown Auckland today, to cancel festivities located at the nearby Queens Wharf associated with the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup™ for this evening, Council said in a statement.
Council says the FIFA Fan Festival™ will operate from midday on Friday 21 July.
Richard Clarke, Director of Arts, Entertainment and Events at Tātaki Auckland Unlimited says the city is shocked and saddened by the events that occurred in downtown Auckland this morning.
Mr Clarke says the opening match is going ahead tonight between the New Zealand Football Ferns and Norway, kicking off at 7pm.
The Fan Festival will open to the public from 12pm on Friday 21 July, with a packed day of entertainment and a triple header of matches on the giant screen kicking off from 2.30pm.
For a full schedule of what’s going on at the Fan Festival, click here
About the Fan Festival
The FIFA Fan Festival™ at The Cloud on Queens Wharf is free entry for all ages and will show 48 world cup matches live on a giant screen. It’s a place to enjoy live music, entertainment, local culture, food, beverages and interactive football-themed games. The giant screen has grandstand seating, so bring all your friends and whānau to The Cloud.