Welcome to Touchline’s Top 10s! Today we will be counting down the Top 10 largest stadiums in New Zealand.
1. EDEN PARK – AUCKLAND (50,000)
Eden Park is New Zealand’s largest Sports Stadium coming in at a staggering 50k capacity. Mainly used for Cricket and Rugby it is also used occasionally for Football. Located in Central Auckland it is home to the New Zealand National Team in most outdoor field sports.
2. WESTPAC STADIUM – WELLINGTON (34,500)
Westpac Stadium or Sky Stadium is a major sports venue in Wellington, New Zealand and is home to New Zealand’s A-League side, Wellington Phoenix. Nicknamed “The ring of fire” by Phoenix supporters it was made in 2000 and is most notably known for it hosting the 2010 World Cup Qualification Home Leg match against Bahrain. On March 2nd 2019 it also drew over 46,000 people when Eminem performed.
3. FORSYTH BARR STADIUM – DUNEDIN (30,748)
Forsyth Barr Stadium is located in Dunedin and is a multi use stadium and is home to Semi-Pro side Otago United. It also hosted the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup and was opened on August 5th 2011. It also hosted 4 matches at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and has had some celebrities sing there such as Elton John.
4. MT SMART STADIUM – AUCKLAND (30,000)
MT Smart Stadium is located in Auckland, New Zealand and was home to New Zealand’s first professional football club called Football Kingz FC and they played there between 1999-2004 in the Australian National Soccer League. Which was the League before what we now call the A-League, it also drew 45,000 people when Adele performed there live in 2017.
5. ROTORUA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM – ROTORUA (26,000)
The Rotorua International Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums on this list although it has no relationship to Football it very well could soon. It was built all the way back in 1911.
6. FMG STADIUM WAIKATO – HAMILTON (25,800)
FMG Stadium Waikoto is located in Hamilton, New Zealand and was built in 2002. In 2008 it hosted 4 games of the U17 Womens World Cup and was the home to Semi-Pro side WaiBop United for 2 years before it suspended operations.
7. YARROW STADIUM – NEW PLYMOUTH (25,500)
Yarrow Stadium located in New Plymouth, New Zealand was built in 1931. It doesn’t have major connections to Football it is mainly a Rugby Stadium.
8. QBE STADIUM – ALBANY (25,000)
QBE Stadium is located in Albany, New Zealand and was built in 1997 and was home to the first New Zealand A-League side the New Zealand Knights which is the football club that later became todays Wellington Phoenix. They finished 8th in each of the seasons they were in the A-League.
9. MCLEAN PARK – NAPIER (23,700)
Mclean Park is located in Napier, New Zealand and was built in 1911 but has no real football connections to date.
10. OWEN DELANY PARK – TAUPO (20,000)
Owen Delany Park located in Taupo, New Zealand was built in 1983 and sadly does not have any relations to Football to date.
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