|The Woolshed, The Horseshoe|
|Former names||WestpacTrust Centre (1998–2007)
Westpac Arena (2007–10)
CBS Canterbury Arena (2012–14) Horncastle Arena (2014–present)
|Location||55 Jack Hinton Drive
Canterbury, New Zealand
|General contractor||Charles Luney|
|1999 Netball World Championships
Mainland Tactix (ANZ Championship) (2008–present)
Horncastle Arena is a New Zealand sporting and entertainment arena located in the Christchurch suburb of Addington. It has gone through a series of name changes and was most recently known as the CBS Canterbury Arena.
The arena is New Zealand's second-largest indoor arena with a maximum capacity of 8,888 (depending on event type), it was the largest until the construction of Auckland's Vector Arena in 2007. The indoor stadium is capable of hosting concerts, exhibitions and various sporting events. Provision for international sport and traditional indoor arena events has been integrated into the design requirements.
It has over 6,700 seats for sporting fixtures or, in the concert configuration, the seating can increase to over 7,000.
The Sports and Entertainment complex is located adjacent to Addington Raceway and Rugby League Park in South West Christchurch surrounded by 3,000 car parking spaces. The complex is only 10 minutes from the city centre.
It has been affectionately dubbed 'The Woolshed' by Canterbury Rams basketball fans. Some Christchurch citizens colloquially refer to the arena as the horseshoe, due to its unusual architectural exterior design.
Horncastle Homes currently holds the naming rights to the stadium.
Charles Luney was the builder for the stadium. The arena opened in September 1998 at a cost of NZ$32 Million. In the first ever sporting match at CBS Canterbury Arena, the Canterbury Rams basketball team suffered a close loss to the Wellington Saints 86–81 in April 1999.
It was built for two main reasons: primarily for the 1999 Netball World Cup in Christchurch, and also because Christchurch was missing out on many concerts and other attractions, because it did not have a suitable indoor arena in the city.
|Year||Date||Nationality of Performers||Name of Performers||Name of Tours|
|1998||12 September||United States||Bob Dylan||Never Ending Tour 1998|
|27 & 28 November||United States||Janet Jackson||The Velvet Rope Tour|
|2002||27 November||United States||P!nk||Party Tour|
|2003||18 & 19 February||United Kingdom||Cliff Richard||Wanted World Tour|
|2005||22 February||United States||Cher||Living Proof: The Farewell Tour|
|6 October||United States||Black Eyed Peas||Monkey Business Tour|
|20 November||United States||Kelly Clarkson||Breakaway World Tour|
|2007||3 July||United States||Guns N' Roses||Chinese Democracy World Tour|
|8 August||United States||Bob Dylan||Never Ending Tour 2007|
|15 September||United Kingdom||Snow Patrol||Eyes Open Tour|
|Across the Great Divide Tour|
|25 November||United Kingdom||Muse||Black Holes and Revelations Tour|
|2008||7 May||Ireland||Westlife||Back Home Tour|
|12 September||United States||Disturbed||Indestructible Tour (Music as a Weapon)|
|28 October||United States||Stevie Wonder||Wonder Spring Summer World Tour 2008|
|2009||22 February||United Kingdom||Iron Maiden||Somewhere Back in Time World Tour|
|2010||16 February||United States||Faith No More||The Second Coming Tour|
|1 March||United Kingdom||Cliff Richard
|The Final Reunion Tour|
|5 March||United States||Paramore||Brand New Eyes World Tour|
|8 April||United States||Carole King
|Troubadour Reunion Tour|
|21 & 22 September||United States||Metallica
|World Magnetic Tour (Metallica)
Warp Riders Tour (The Sword)
|3 November||Canada||Leonard Cohen||Leonard Cohen Tour 2008–2010|
|2011||10 February||United Kingdom||Sting – along with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.||Symphonicity Tour|
|10 May||United States||Disturbed||Asylum Tour|
|20 November||New Zealand||Hayley Westenra||Paradiso 10th Anniversary Homecoming Tour|
|2012||10 April||Australia||Reece Mastin||Australia and New Zealand Tour|
|6 November||United Kingdom||Mumford & Sons||N/A|
|2013||20 February||United States||Macklemore & Ryan Lewis||N/A
Note: This show was organised as a student-only event by the University of Canterbury Students' Association, it was originally planned to be held at the Ilam Gardens but the event has since been re-located in order to allow extra tickets to be sold.
|23 February||Australia||Reece Mastin||The Summer Nights Tour|
|One Direction||Take Me Home Tour|
|14 December||Canada||Leonard Cohen||Old Ideas World Tour|
|2014||20 March||United States||Lionel Richie||All the Hits, All Night Long|
|22 March||United States||Nine Inch Nails||Twenty Thirteen Tour|
|10 September||United States||Bob Dylan||Never Ending Tour 2014|
|2015||8 April||United Kingdom||Ed Sheeran||x Tour|
|21 April||Puerto Rico||Ricky Martin||One World Tour|
|10 September||United States||Imagine Dragons||Smoke + Mirrors Tour|
|1 October||United States||Maroon 5||Maroon V Tour|
|2016||29 April||United Kingdom||Iron Maiden||The Book of Souls World Tour|
|28 July||Australia||Troye Sivan||Blue Neighbourhood Tour|
|29 September||United Kingdom||Ellie Goulding||Delirium World Tour|
Since its opening, it has been host to a number of different sporting events. These Include home matches for the Canterbury Rams (basketball) and Mainland Tactix (netball) teams. It occasionally hosts international basketball and netball fixtures featuring the Tall Blacks and Silver Ferns respectively. It was also the host of the 1999 Netball World Championships.
It has also been host to a lot of non-regular sporting events. These include various celebrity tennis matches, ice shows, disabled games, karate championships and gymnastics competitions.
The arena plays a key role in the Christchurch economy hosting annual trade shows including the Christchurch Home Show, Women's Lifestyle Expo, The Christchurch Boat Show, and the South Island gift Fare.
The Horncastle Arena is managed by the same company that manages the Christchurch Convention Centre and plays an important part of hosting major conferences in cooperation with the convention centre. The combined facilities regularly host a variety of different conferences for up to 2500 people. It has been a frequent host for the New Zealand annual Tourism conference known as T.R.E.N.Z..
In 1999 and 2010, the arena was used to stage the Disney on Ice production. In June 2008 the Horncastle Arena was host to Disney's High School Musical on Ice tour, the second time that ice has been used on the arena floor.
The venue is also used for big gala dinners, lunches, balls, and cocktail parties.
On 18 June 2010, Westpac Arena was officially renamed CBS Canterbury Arena.
On 23 July 2014, CBS Canterbury Arena was officially renamed Horncastle Arena.
- "Charles Seymour Luney (Chas), QSO, CNZM 1905 – 2006". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- "Basketball returns home to Cowles", Christchurch City Council, Media Release 29 September 2007.
- Heather, Ben (19 June 2010). "CBS takes venue naming rights". The Press. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
- Meier, Cecile (24 July 2014). "Arena sponsor 'here for the long haul'". The Press. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
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