|Location||Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Owner||Wellington City Council|
|Operator||Wellington City Council|
|Kiwi Amateur Athletic Club|
Wellington Olympic AFC
Wellington Phoenix FC
Newtown Park is a multi-purpose stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. It is currently used mostly for football (soccer) matches and athletic events. The main pitch has a 400-metre, all-weather rubberized athletics track around it, as well as the spectator stands and the corporate lounge. A second, rectangular pitch (Newtown Park 2) is attached south of the main facility.
Newtown Park was built in 1881 and was part of Wellington Zoo. The first match played there was an international rugby game where Wellington beat New South Wales 14–2 drawing 5,000 spectators including then Governor Sir James Prendergast. It was the main ground for Rugby in Wellington until Athletic Park was opened in 1896. Newtown Park has also been used to house New Zealand Troops before they departed for the Boer War, World War I and World War II.
Football at Newtown Park
Newtown Park and its clubrooms are, during the winter football season, operated by Wellington United.
Other Football Events Hosted
- 1925, 1927, 1989 and 2012 finals of the Chatham Cup.
- 2007 Women's National League Final.
- 2008 Sichuan earthquake relief match - exhibition between Wellington Phoenix United and Christchurch Chinese Community.
- 2008 Pre-Olympic Exhibition match - New Zealand Under-23 vs Chile Under-23
Athletics at Newtown Park
Newtown Park is the primary athletics stadium for the Wellington region, and during the summer football season is operated by the Kiwi Amateur Athletic Club. It is host to the McEvedy Shield competition, an annual athletics series between four Wellington boys schools. It is also used by many other schools as a place to stage in-house events.
Other events at Newtown Park
Newtown Park also serves as a community events centre for the surrounding area, hosting cultural events such as Carols by Candlelight.
The #1 pitch was re-developed in 2011 to function as a training venue for teams competing in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. During the tournament, football events were relocated to other venues.
- Weber, Adriana (3 October 2013). "Newtown Park's long history". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- Not to be confused with Wellington Phoenix FC - Wellington Phoenix United was a team composed of some Phoenix FC players and prominent members of the Wellington football community