Rotorua International Stadium
|Rotorua International Stadium|
|"The Hangi Pit"|
|Location||Devon Street West, Rotorua, New Zealand|
|Bay of Plenty Rugby Union
Rotorua International Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located on Devon Street West in Westbrook suburb of Rotorua, New Zealand. It is currently used mostly for rugby union and rugby league matches, being one of two home stadiums for the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union (the other being Baypark Stadium in Tauranga). In addition, a softball field is sited at the northern end.
The stadium has a capacity of 34,000 people. The stadium was originally built in 1911, and renovated several times since. The stadium feature a covered stand seating up to 4000 with a concrete seating area on the western side of the field.
The Rotorua International Stadium has held many events in its time including acts from New Zealand Opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to UB40, the Raggamuffin Music Festival. In rugby union the stadium has been used for the 1987 Rugby World Cup 3rd/4th playoff, Test matches and British and Irish Lions tours matches. To many it is considered the rightful home of Bay of Plenty rugby, despite the recent majority of home matches being scheduled in Tauranga. The stadium has also hosted rugby league Test matches involving the New Zealand Kiwis.
The stadium will host three matches of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
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