TSB Bank Arena

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TSB Bank Arena
Entry to TSB Arena.JPG
Former namesQueens Wharf Events Centre (1995–2006)
Address4 Queens Wharf
Wellington 6011, New Zealand
LocationWellington Central
Coordinates41°17′8″S 174°46′44″E / 41.28556°S 174.77889°E / -41.28556; 174.77889Coordinates: 41°17′8″S 174°46′44″E / 41.28556°S 174.77889°E / -41.28556; 174.77889
OperatorPositively Wellington Venues
ArchitectCraig, Craig & Moller
Wellington Saints (NBL) (1995–present)
Central Pulse (ANZ) (2008–present)
Richter City Roller Derby (WFTDA) (2009–present)

The TSB Bank Arena (formerly known as the Queens Wharf Events Centre[1]) is an indoor arena, located in Wellington, New Zealand.


Exterior view of venue from Lambton Harbour (c.2007)

The arena hosts mainly basketball games and is the home arena for the Century City Saints and part-time home arena of the New Zealand Breakers when they play in Wellington. It is also the home arena for the Richter City Roller Derby which started to play here in the middle of their 2009 season.

It also hosts expositions and conventions like the Armageddon Pulp Expo and the DCM Book Fair. Built in 1995, it originally held 3,635 people. In 2005, the number of seats was upgraded to 4,570 as part of a redevelopment and expansion plan. There were further plans to carry out upgrades to the Events Centre in 2007 although it is unknown if these plans went ahead.[2]

It also operates as a music venue, but does not have ideal acoustics and professional sound treatment; for example, the retractable stadium traps all reflections (early and late) also acting as a bass trap (wanted or unwanted), thus impairing a clear sound, but as a live venue, it is still able attract overseas acts.

In 2005, the annual Montana World of WearableArt Awards Show moved from Nelson to Wellington, to the TSB Bank Arena.

In a feature article from the 11 April 2007 edition of the Dominion Post, the Wellington Architectural Centre rated TSB Arena as Wellington's 2nd worst building.[3] Also in 2007 the first Māori Art Market was held in the arena before moving to the suburban Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua City.

In July 2011 Positively Wellington Venues, an integration between the Wellington Convention Centre and the St James Theatre Trust, began managing this Arena along with five other venues in the capital city.



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