Westpac Stadium

2010-10-25 20:05

How to get there

Wellington Regional Stadium, Waterloo Quay, Wellington 6140

The stadium is a short 15-minute walk from Wellington's Central Business District. Join the 680-metre elevated walkway from the Wellington Railway Station that takes you directly to the stadium entrance.

Public Transport
All local bus and rail services terminate at Wellington Railway Station. From here it is a 10-minute walk via the elevated walkway to the Stadium entrance. On match days a special shuttle bus runs every 10 to 15-minutes from the city to the stadium.

Vehicle access is off Waterloo Quay, however parking is limited so patrons are encouraged to make use of the public transport options available.

Disabled parking, access and seating is available

Match Schedule
South Africa v Wales, Sunday September 11
South Africa v Fiji, Saturday September 17
Australia v USA, Friday September 23
Argentina v Scotland, Sunday September 25
France v Tonga, Saturday October 1
New Zealand v Canada, Sunday October 2
Quarter-final 1, Saturday October 8
Quarter-final 3, Sunday October 9

The Stadium
Capacity: 40,000

Westpac Stadium, previously known as WestpacTrust Stadium, is known due to its shape and silver coloured external walls, as The Cake-Tin in other parts of New Zealand, although the locals often refer to it by either its proper name or simply as The Stadium. Fans of football (soccer) team Wellington Phoenix sometimes refer to the stadium as The Ring of Fire.

It was built to replace Athletic Park, which was no longer considered adequate for international events due to its location and state of disrepair. The stadium was also built to provide a larger-capacity venue for One Day International cricket events, due to the Basin Reserve ground losing such matches to larger stadia in other parts of the country.

Primarily a rugby stadium, it is also famous for an event that took place during a cricket match, when director Peter Jackson recorded 30,000 fans chanting in Black Speech for the sound of 10,000 chanting Uruk-hai during the Battle of Helm's Deep in the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.



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