Auckland table tennis stadium has been announced as the host competition venue for table tennis at the World Masters Games 2017.
The World Masters Games 2017 Organising Committee today released the footprint for the Games that has 28 sports within its official programme. It will be the largest event New Zealand will host in the next decade.
Chief Executive of World Masters Games 2017 Jennah Wootten said 25,000 athletes and 10,000 supporters were likely to converge on Auckland for the event. Selection of competition venues was paramount to delivering a world-class sporting event and as such, athlete experience had been put in the centre of the selection process.
Shane Warbrooke, CEO, Auckland Table Tennis Association said confirmation of the competition venue was one of the key pieces in the planning puzzle and a major factor in attracting athletes to the Games from overseas.
"We will work closely with the World Masters Games 2017 Organising Committee during the next 30 months to ensure the sports programme is delivered to the highest standard, as we know it will be," said Shane Warbrooke.
Ms Wootten said selection of the 28 sports and 45 competition venues required to deliver World Masters Games 2017 had been a major priority in 2014.
"Roughly half our competitors will be international visitors, and quarter will come from outside of Auckland. Many visitors choose to stay near their sporting location however we still need to ensure it is simple for them to travel around Auckland, and to get to the Games entertainment hub."
"We have selected venues that can cater to the size and scale of competition and showcase our city at its best. We are thrilled that all points of Auckland will host competition and that athletes will experience some of the city's finest scenery and hospitality across North, South, East, West and Central Auckland," she said.