Rugby League Park
Aerial view of Rugby League Park in July 2012
|Former names||Addington Showgrounds|
|Location||95 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Owner||Canterbury Rugby League|
|Expanded||24 March 2012|
|Canterbury Bulls, South Island, Crusaders |
The Rugby League Park (currently known as AMI Stadium for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby league and rugby union stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand. Formerly called the Addington Showgrounds, the ground is owned by the Canterbury Rugby League.
The park is part of a complex with the Horncastle Arena and the Addington Raceway and has hosted international rugby league matches since the 1950s, including World Cup matches in 1975, 1977, 1988, 1990 and 1991.
After the earthquake the stands had to be demolished. However Lancaster Park, the main sporting ground in Christchurch, was damaged beyond repair. As a temporary replacement for the city, Rugby League Park was upgraded to seat 18,000 by March 2012 with a possible expansion to 26,000 for major games. As a result, the Crusaders are based there indefinitely, and the stadium has also hosted All Blacks test matches and a Wellington Phoenix pre-season match in September 2012. On 9 November 2013 it held a round 5 A-League match between Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory in which the teams drew 1-1. On 14 May 2016, the ground played host to an NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors with the former being the home team.
International rugby league matches
A list of rugby league test matches played at the Addington Showgrounds / Rugby League Park.
|1||29 July 1950||New Zealand def. Great Britain 16–10||10,000|
|2||27 June 1953||New Zealand def. Australia 25–5||5,509|
|3||1 August 1964||New Zealand def. France 18–8||4,935|
|4||19 July 1970||Great Britain def. New Zealand 23–9||8,600|
|5||4 August 1974||Great Britain def. New Zealand 17–8||6,316|
|6||15 June 1975||New Zealand def. France 27–0||2,500|
|7||12 June 1977||Great Britain def. New Zealand 30–12||7,000|
|8||5 August 1979||Great Britain def. New Zealand 22–7||8,500|
|9||22 July 1984||New Zealand def. Great Britain 28–12||9,824|
|10||17 July 1988||New Zealand def. Great Britain 12–10||8,525|
|11||23 June 1991||New Zealand def. France 32–10||2,000|
|12||4 November 2017*||New Zealand vs. Scotland|
|13||18 November 2017*||vs.|
*Played as part of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
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