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|Former names||Palmerston North Showgrounds, Arena 1|
|Location||Palmerston North Central, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand|
|Owner||Palmerston North City Council|
Robertson Holden International Speedway
Arena Manawatu has a deserved reputation as being both the busiest and most versatile events and activities complex in New Zealand. Handling around 8000 individual event/venue bookings annually, it has an unparalleled 36 different sporting codes being conducted here regularly along with trade shows, exhibitions, weddings, dinners, conferences, conventions, meetings, seminars, festivals, concerts and leisure events.
Arena Manawatu is the primary sporting and events complex in the lower North Island. It is prominent throughout New Zealand as the foremost multi use leisure and events facility.
Right in the heart of Palmerston North city, just seven minutes walking distance from the CBD, Arena Manawatu is a favourite choice for events with a significant visitor component. The park like environment boasts 33 individual indoor and outdoor venues within the 18 hectare site.
Arena 1: FMG Stadium
FMG stadium has a capacity of 15,000. Meanwhile temporary seating is added sometimes for major events allowing the capacity to reach 18,000.
FMG Stadium is home to Manawatu Rugby. Generally one club game will be played on the ground per week, whilst it is the Manawatu Turbos' home ground. Since Manawatu Turbos has been included in the Air New Zealand Cup, crowd attendances have been among the highest in the competition, averaging 7,000 per game.
On 4 September 2011, The Manawatu Turbos hosted The Hawkes Bay Magpies in the ITM Championship Cup Final at FMG Stadium. Crowd attendants was 13,100.
The stadium hosted two pool games in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, in which New Zealand is the host nation. With the city's central location, large student population, the stadium's close proximity to the CBD, International Pacific College, as well as the New Zealand Rugby Institute (a facility in which the All Blacks used to use), the idea of basing a team and having a pool game in Palmerston North was attractive.
The stadium hosted New Zealand Kiwis' victory in their first rugby league test of the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. In front of 11,548 fans, the Kiwis defeated Great Britain 15-14 after a late Daryl Halligan field goal.
Palmerston North also hosted the second game of the 1993 Trans-Tasman series against Australia, played on a water-logged ground after constant rain. Despite the arctic like conditions, an overflow crowd of 19,000 hardy fans saw the Mal Meninga led Aussies run out 16-8 winners.
Overall, the stadium hosted six test matches between 1990 and 1996. Its last test to date saw New Zealand defeat Great Britain 18-15 on 25 October 1996 in front of 12,000 fans.
Other users of the stadium include the Robertson Holden International Speedway, with the 434 metres (475 yards) speedway track encircling the field, this is easy and it has been regarded as one of the premiere speedways in New Zealand. The national Teams Championships are often held there, bringing racers from all over the country.
FMG Stadium was twice host of Te Matatini nationwide Kapa haka competition.
Redeveloped in 2004, Arena 2 is a multipurpose indoor sporting facility, capable of holding exhibitions, conventions and entertainment events. It has been the host of International netball fixtures between New Zealand and Australia, international motor shows, conferences and is the home ground to the Manawatu Jets who play in the National Basketball League.
Arena 3 has a floor area of 2100 sq m and is an indoor sports centre. It has a capacity of 2000 persons and can be hired.
Multipurpose indoor stadium.
Includes Bell Hall, Barber Hall, Waldegrave Lounge and gym.
Outdoor. No. 2, 3 & 4 sports grounds.
- City of Palmerston North official site
- Official website
- Destination Manawatu
- Sport Manawatu
- Manawatu Rugby