The weekend is being treated as a trial run for what they project will be a “high risk” 200,000 potential spectators in the city by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

Shoppers on the hectic final weekend before Christmas will have to navigate a series of major road closures in downtown Auckland to clear the way for a projected 200,000 America’s Cup spectators.

And while some business owners are looking forward to an influx of foot traffic, others say the closures will…

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