Rugby League Park

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Rugby League Park
Wyatt Crockett Stadium
Addington Rugby Stadium.jpg
Aerial view of Rugby League Park in July 2012
Former namesAddington Showgrounds
Location95 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand
Coordinates43°32′37″S 172°36′15″E / 43.5437°S 172.6041°E / -43.5437; 172.6041Coordinates: 43°32′37″S 172°36′15″E / 43.5437°S 172.6041°E / -43.5437; 172.6041
OwnerCanterbury Rugby League
Capacity18,000
Construction
Expanded24 March 2012
ArchitectPopulous
Tenants
Canterbury Bulls, South Island, Crusaders [1]

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.

History[edit]

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.

The ground was bought by the Canterbury Rugby League from the Christchurch City Council in the 1990s.

It was at this ground that the Kiwis won the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour's sole test in New Zealand to qualify for the 1985–1988 Rugby League World Cup final.

Christchurch Stadium[edit]

Rugby League Park sustained significant damage during the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake and was closed until 24 March 2012.[2]

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.[1][3][4] 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.[5] Another NRL game took place on 9 June, 2018 with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles replacing Penrith as the home team against the Warriors.[6]

On 6 July 2018, the stadium was officially renamed to the Wyatt Crockett Stadium, becoming de-branded from AMI Stadium. This was to commemorate the Crusaders player Wyatt Crockett, reaching the milestone of playing 200 Super Rugby tier rugby Union matches.

International rugby league matches[edit]

A list of rugby league test matches played at the Addington Showgrounds / Rugby League Park.[7]

Test# Date Result Attendance Notes
1 29 July 1950  New Zealand def.  Great Britain 16–10 10,000 1950 New Zealand vs Great Britain series
2 27 June 1953  New Zealand def.  Australia 25–5 5,509 1953 Trans-Tasman Test series
3 1 August 1964  New Zealand def.  France 18–8 4,935 1964 New Zealand vs France series
4 19 July 1970  Great Britain def.  New Zealand 23–9 8,600 1970 New Zealand vs Great Britain series
5 4 August 1974  Great Britain def.  New Zealand 17–8 6,316 1974 New Zealand vs Great Britain series
6 15 June 1975  New Zealand def.  France 27–0 2,500 1975 Rugby League World Cup
7 12 June 1977  Great Britain def.  New Zealand 30–12 7,000 1977 Rugby League World Cup
8 5 August 1979  Great Britain def.  New Zealand 22–7 8,500 1979 New Zealand vs Great Britain series
9 22 July 1984  New Zealand def.  Great Britain 28–12 9,824 1984 New Zealand vs Great Britain series
10 17 July 1988  New Zealand def.  Great Britain 12–10 8,525 1988 Great Britain Lions tour
11 23 June 1991  New Zealand def.  France 32–10 2,000 1991 New Zealand vs France series
12 4 November 2017  New Zealand def.  Scotland 74-6 12,130 2017 Rugby League World Cup Group B
13 18 November 2017  Tonga def.  Lebanon 24-22 8,309 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter finals

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gorman, Paul (8 September 2011). "League park Crusaders' new home". The Press. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  2. ^ Kickoff delayed but winter codes expect to play Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The Star, 4 March 2011
  3. ^ New rugby stadium for Christchurch New Zealand Herald, 8 November 2011
  4. ^ Phoenix to play pre-season tournament in India stuff.co.nz, 7 August 2012
  5. ^ "NRL: Panthers v Warriors | Austadiums". www.austadiums.com. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  6. ^ "NRL: Sea Eagles v Warriors | Austadiums". austadiums.com. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  7. ^ Rugby League Park @ Rugby League Project

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