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Debate over temp seats heats up
An Auckland event management company believes people are jumping the gun with the debate about a temporary seating plan at Eden Park.

There is talk Cabinet has plumped for temporary seating to bring the stadium up to the 60,000 seats required for the final of the Rugby World Cup.

Right Angle Events spokesman Richard Lindroos says it is too soon to criticise as leaked reports often uses emotive words such as 'temporary' which conjure up visions of a second rate venue, but he says temporary seating can be fabulous and is used the world over for mega-events.

The National Party is criticising the plans. World Cup spokesman Murray McCully says the World Cup has already been lost once and if an option befitting such a huge event is not taken seriously, New Zealand's reputation as a major sporting event destination will be lost forever. He says confidence in the government to deliver a viable option for the World Cup is waning.

Former rugby player Grant Fox is also concerned about the speculation. He imagines the New Zealand Rugby Union and government have been in discussions with the IRB and wonders what the board will make of all the latest development.

Eden Park Trust Board chief executive John Alexander says no decision has been made and he is not prepared to speculate about any outcome.

Sports Minister Trevor Mallard will neither confirm nor deny the rumours. Cabinet should be making an announcement on Eden Park before the end of this month.