Stadium Christchurch

2010-10-25 20:19

How to get there

Stadium Christchurch, 30 Stevens Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch

Christchurch International Stadium is within a 30-minute walk of the city centre (2.5 kilometres) along Moorhouse Avenue or diagonally along Ferry Road.

Public Transport
Buses service the stadium via routes across the city. The central hub is the Bus Exchange located in Lichfield Street. To get around the central city, a shuttle bus operates on a circuit through the city approximately every 10-minutes. Another option is the Christchurch Tramway, which offers a hop-on, hop-off service around the central precinct.

Taxi services run to and from the stadium. If you require a taxi to the stadium on a match day, it is advisable to book in advance.

There is limited parking on match days so patrons are encouraged to use public transport. A number of disability car parks are available on Stevens Street.

Wheelchair ramps and lifts are situated at all main entrances.

Match Schedule
Argentina v England, Saturday September 10
Australia v Italy, Sunday September 11
England v Georgia, Sunday September 18
Argentina v Scotland, Sunday September 25
Australia v Russia, Saturday October 1
Quarter-final 2, Saturday October 8
Quarter-final 4, Sunday October 9

The Stadium
Capacity: 45,000

Stadium Christchurch was founded in 1880 when the Canterbury Cricket and Athletics Sports Company purchased ten acres from the estate of Benjamin Lancaster of Bournemouth, England. The new sports ground adopted the name Lancaster Park and was officially opened in 1881.

In its early years Lancaster Park hosted a variety of sporting events including trotting, cycling, swimming, tennis and hot air ballooning. Other notable events include visits by Pope John Paul II (1986) and Queen Elizabeth (1963). During World War I the ground was dug up to grow potatoes to support the war effort. More recently it has staged concerts by international artists.

But it is Rugby and cricket that have built the stadium's reputation. It has been the stage for some of rugby's most memorable encounters for Canterbury and the All Blacks, as well as hosting some of New Zealand cricket's finest moments.

In 2009 a major upgrade of the stadium was completed bringing it up to true international standard with a permanent capacity of almost 40,000 and making it New Zealand's second largest stadium.


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