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28 Jan 2020

Emirates Old Trafford to benefit from exchange partnership with Eden Park

Emirates Old Trafford and Lancashire Cricket are set to benefit from an industry-leading exchange partnership with New Zealand’s multi-sports venue, Eden Park in Auckland.

The Club’s Events and Projects Manager Sarah McManus, who has worked at Emirates Old Trafford for approaching five years, will spend over three weeks immersed in the stadium’s operations during a busy period which includes New Zealand’s T20I series against India.

As part of a mutually beneficial knowledge-sharing experience, Sarah will gain a holistic view of operations across many areas including commercial, operations and marketing, with India also set to visit Emirates Old Trafford in the summer of 2021.

The programme was first undertaken during the 2019 English domestic summer where Eden Park’s Communications Manager, Greta Lawson, worked with Emirates Old Trafford during the Ashes and Vitality Blast season.

It also serves as part of the Club’s commitment to professional development opportunities, with the programme set to run for one staff member each year. 

Lancashire Cricket Chief Executive, Daniel Gidney, said: “We are collaborating with another industry-leading venue in Eden Park and are keen to explore ways in which we can continue to come together and share knowledge following their successful visit here in the summer.

“It's a fantastic opportunity for Sarah to be immersed in the culture at Eden Park and explore the stadia landscape in the Southern Hemisphere. She will be an outstanding ambassador for the Club and will no doubt return full of ideas for many areas we can implement at Emirates Old Trafford to further enhance the quality of our venue.”

Sarah McManus said: “I’m delighted to be representing the Club on the exchange programme. I’m excited to meet the team at Eden Park and help in some huge events at the ground, as well as gaining insights we can use back at Emirates Old Trafford in the coming years.

“Eden Park is a world renowned multi-purpose stadium and I can’t wait to get out there and help them in what will be a very busy few weeks.”