Eden Park – Auckland’s rebuilt and expanded venue for the 2011 Rugby World Cup – reopened on Sunday 10 October by welcoming a crowd of more than 18,000 sports fans to explore the transformed grounds and buildings.
Throughout the day staff on Segway Patrollers supplied by Segway NZ provided a highly visible presence combined with the ability to react quickly and arrive promptly where needed most. Prime Minister John Key was overheard saying how impressed he was as the Segway Patrollers glided through the busiest spaces and covered ground quickly, quietly and safely.
There were many non-rugby attractions to enjoy, including free rides on Segway PTs offered by Magic Broomstick Tours – the Devonport Segway Experience. On Monday 11 October the NZ Herald newspaper covered the opening with a feature on page A8, that included a photo of a person on a PT captioned “FACE OF THE FUTURE: A visitor rides a Segway around the new stadium, which was opened yesterday.”