Rotorua International Stadium

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Rotorua International Stadium
"The Hangi Pit"
Location Devon Street West, Rotorua, New Zealand
Coordinates 38°9′21″S 176°13′27″E / 38.15583°S 176.22417°E / -38.15583; 176.22417Coordinates: 38°9′21″S 176°13′27″E / 38.15583°S 176.22417°E / -38.15583; 176.22417
Capacity Rugby: 26,000
Concerts: 30,000
Construction
Built 1911
Tenants
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union
Rotorua United
Chiefs

Rotorua International Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located on Devon Street West in the Westbrook suburb of Rotorua, New Zealand. It is currently used mostly for rugby union and rugby league matches, being one of three home stadiums for the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union (the others being Baypark Stadium and Tauranga Domain in Tauranga).

In addition, a softball field is sited at the northern end.

The stadium has a capacity of 26,000 people. The stadium was originally built in 1911, and renovated several times since. The stadium features a covered stand seating up to 4,000 with a concrete seating area on the western side of the field.

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.

Rotorua International Stadium has hosted three rugby league Test matches. The first, held on 16 July 1989 saw the Wally Lewis led Australians defeat New Zealand 8-0 in front of 26,000 fans.[1] The second Test was held seven years later when New Zealand defeated Papua New Guinea 62-8 in front of only 4,800 fans on 5 October 1996. The last rugby league international held at the venue as of 2014 was when the Kiwis defeated the PNG Kumuls 76-12 in front of 6,000 fans. This match was played as part of the 2010 Rugby League Four Nations tournament.

The stadium hosted three matches of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The first game on 10 September saw Fiji defeat Namibia 49-25 in front of 10,100. Game two saw Samoa defeat Namibia 49-12 in front of 12,752 fans, while the final game at the stadium saw Ireland defeat Russia 62-12 in front of 25,661 fans.

Rugby league test matches[edit]

List of rugby league test and World Cup matches played at Rotorua International Stadium.[2]

Test# Date Result Attendance Notes
1 16 July 1989 Australia  def.  New Zealand 8–0 26,000 Played as part of the 1989 Trans-Tasman Test series
2 5 October 1996 New Zealand New Zealand def.  Papua New Guinea 62–8 4,800
3 14 October 2009 New Zealand New Zealand def.  Tonga 42–24 8,000
4 30 October 2010 New Zealand New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 76–12 6,000 Played as part of the 2010 Four Nations

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australians keep Kiwis scoreless in rugby league". The Age. Australia. 1989-07-17. p. 32. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Rotorua International Stadium". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 

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