, previously known as WestpacTrust Stadium
, is a major sporting venue in Wellington
, New Zealand
. Due to its shape and silver coloured external walls, it is colloquially known 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
team sometimes refer to the stadium as The Ring of Fire
The stadium's bowl site size is 48,000 sq m.
The stadium was built in 1999 by Fletcher Construction
and is situated close to major transport facilities (such as Wellington Railway Station
) one kilometre north of the CBD
. It was built on reclaimed railway land
, which was surplus to requirements.
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.
The stadium also serves as a large-capacity venue for concerts.
The stadium is a multi-purpose facility, though used mainly for sporting events. It is the home of the Wellington Lions ITM Cup
rugby team, and the primary home of the Super Rugby Hurricanes
. The stadium also hosts the NZI International Sevens
, one of the events in the annual IRB Sevens World Series
for national rugby sevens
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