Auckland to Become "Party City" for Rugby World Cup

Already criticized for its sprawl, the largest city in New Zealand is putting on its game face as it prepares to host its largest sporting event ever - the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Though the event will take place all over the country, Auckland is likely to draw the most crowds and face the highest expectations. Three multimillion dollar alternative plans have been unveiled to turn the port city into a entertainment venue.

The $90 million project, as endorsed by Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully, involves building an approximately $50 million cruise ship terminal. Three other options have also been developed at less than a third of the total price of the proposed project.

Plans are also underway to expand the city's waterfront.

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