Dunedin’s role as host city confirmed

Dunedin has been given Fifa’s official approval.

The city was confirmed as a host for the 2023 Women’s World Cup by football’s world governing body on Thursday.

It was not exactly news — Dunedin was announced as a host city when New Zealand won dual-hosting rights with Australia in June last year.

But it is certainly a nice reminder of what is to come.

While it may not have quite the pull of it’s men’s counterpart, the women’s World Cup is rapidly growing.

More than a billion viewers tuned in around the world to the 2019 edition.

In comparison the last Rugby World Cup had a viewership of 857 million and the Cricket World Cup had 706 million.

It is a big deal and Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins said it had been the culmination of a lot of work.

“There is a huge amount of work involved in assembling major event bids such as this, not only the technical and logistical information required, but also how the city stands out from the competition.

"Our winning bid is testament to our unified and unique approach, and I’d like to thank everyone that contributed to our success."

DVML chief executive officer Terry Davies added it showed the increasing reputation of Dunedin and its ability to host major events.

“We are thrilled to have been selected to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

“Dunedin Stadium and Dunedin City have earned an international reputation for hosting world-class events.

“We look forward to delivering what will be, a memorable experience for fans, players and all attending this spectacular event."

The other host cities are Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington,

Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

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