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New 'flashy' design for remodelled Eden Park
The government has offered $190m as part of a $240m redevelopment of Eden Park, with the Eden Park Trust Board agreeing in principle to commit $12m.

A $240 million flashier design for the revamp of Eden Park has been approved.

A spokeswoman for Rugby World Cup Minister Clayton Cosgrove said under the new design capacity would be increased from 47,500 to 60,000 and the south stand and eastern terraces would be replaced with a megastand.

The west stand would remain and a new transport hub would be built behind it.

It was expected to cost $240.5 million.

The funding would include the already announced Government underwrite of up to $190 million.

The announcement follows repeated calls from Auckland Mayor John Banks for the government to carry to carry the cost for redeveloping Eden Park.

The New Zealand Rugby Union would contribute $10m and the Eden Park Trust Board at least $12m.

There remained a shortfall of about 10 per cent but the board was confident of getting the money.

Chairman of the Eden Park Redevelopment Board, John Waller said the new design was a result "Aucklander's will be pleased with - and the country can be proud of".

He said $212m of the $240.5m had now been committed.

Other features of the new design will include a new single bowl of seating to replace the ageing Panasonic Stand and an increased stadium capacity of 50,000 post World Cup.

- NZ HERALD STAFF, NZPA