Melbourne and Christchurch are all decked up to host the opening ceremony for the eleventh ICC World Cup 2015, which will see India defending the crown they re-claimed in 2011 on home soil.
The Melbourne celebration at Sidney Myer Music Bowl will involve World Cup players and legends, cultural and music performances, a spectacular fireworks display and a yet-to-be-revealed “special moment”.
Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events John Eren said Melbourne would now be the scene of the opening event, the first match on Australian soil when Australia will play against England on February 14, and the final at the Melbournbe Cricket Ground on March 29.
“We are delighted that Melburnians and visitors from all over the world will have a chance to attend this once-in-a-generation event at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl,”.
The opening ceremony will be free to attend and tickets will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Christchurch’s opening event will feature some of New Zealand’s best known performers, cricket legends including Richard Hadlee and Stephen Fleming and a special segment to recognise the rebuilding of the city following the disastrous earthquakes.
The main event will start with a unique, colourful and cultural welcome produced in partnership.
A live stage show and video appearance by a number of New Zealand sporting legends will celebrate New Zealand’s love of backyard cricket.