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North Harbour Stadium
Location between Coliseum Drive, Albany expressway, Don McKinnon Drive and Oteha Valley Road, Albany, Auckland
Opened 1997
Closed Open
Demolished N/A
Owner North Shore City Council
Operator North Harbour Stadium trustees
Surface Grass
Construction cost NZL$41,000,000
Architect Various
Former names
N/A
Tenants
Blues (Super 14) (1999-Present)
New Zealand Knights (Hyundai A-League) (2005-Present)
North Harbour (Air New Zealand Cup) (1997-Present)
Seats
25,000

North Harbour Stadium is a stadium situated in Albany on Auckland's North Shore in New Zealand. It was opened in 1997 after nearly a decade of discussion, planning and construction. Rugby and soccer are the only sports played on the main ground, as it is strictly rectangular. The neighbouring oval plays host to the region's major cricket matches. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Albany is a northern suburb of North Shore, one of several cities in the Auckland metropolitan area in northern New Zealand. ... The Auckland Metropolitan Area, or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ... A New Zealand $100 polymer banknote, replacement of the old paper notes. ... The Auckland Blues is a New Zealand rugby union team based in Auckland, New Zealand, and representing the Northland, North Harbour and Auckland unions. ... The current Super 14 logo The Super 14 is a rugby union championship competed for by teams from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. ... New Zealand Knights FC, formerly the Auckland Kingz Football Club, is the only professional football (soccer) team in New Zealand. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The North Harbour Rugby Union was formed in 1985 and during this time has developed a reputation for playing quality rugby football. ... The Air New Zealand Cup (also referred to by its previous name of the National Provincial Championship, its abbreviation of NPC, or for sponsorship reasons as the Air New Zealand NPC) is New Zealands professional domestic rugby union competition. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Telstra Stadium in Sydney, Australia is capable of being converted from a rectangular rugby football field to an oval for cricket and Australian rules football games A modern stadium (plural stadiums or stadia in English) is a place, or venue, for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts or other events, consisting of... Albany is a northern suburb of North Shore, one of several cities in the Auckland metropolitan area in northern New Zealand. ... The Auckland Metropolitan Area, or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ... North Shore City (orange). ... Rugby football, often just referred to as rugby, refers to sports descended from a common form of football developed at Rugby School in England. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... For the insect, see Cricket (insect). ...

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Events

North Harbour Stadium is the home ground for two major sports teams:

It is also the venue of at least one Auckland Blues home game in the Super 14. It has hosted several rugby league internationals, and it has also hosted rugby internationals - typically the first All Blacks test each year. The New Zealand Warriors NRL team occasionally play warm-up matches at the ground. The North Harbour Rugby Union was formed in 1985 and during this time has developed a reputation for playing quality rugby football. ... A rugby union scrum. ... The Air New Zealand Cup (also referred to by its previous name of the National Provincial Championship, its abbreviation of NPC, or for sponsorship reasons as the Air New Zealand NPC) is New Zealands professional domestic rugby union competition. ... New Zealand Knights FC, formerly the Auckland Kingz Football Club, is the only professional football (soccer) team in New Zealand. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Auckland Blues is a New Zealand rugby union team based in Auckland, New Zealand, and representing the Northland, North Harbour and Auckland unions. ... The current Super 14 logo The Super 14 is a rugby union championship competed for by teams from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. ... Rugby league is a team sport played by two teams of 17 players, with 13 on the field at any one time and 4 on the bench (reserves). ... First international Australia 3 - 22 New Zealand (15 August 1903) Largest win New Zealand 145 - 17 Japan (4 June 1995) Worst defeat Australia 28 - 7 New Zealand (28 August 1999) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 1987 All Blacks is the name of New Zealands... The New Zealand Warriors (formerly Auckland Warriors) are a rugby league team based in Auckland, New Zealand who compete in the Australasian based National Rugby League competition. ... NRL can mean: National Rugby League US Naval Research Laboratory Namespace Routing Language This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Open-air concerts are occasionally held at the stadium, with The Corrs performing in 2002. Luiarno Pavarotti performed recently, and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd is set to perform in January 2007 as a part of his Dark Side of the Moon tour. The Corrs are a multi-platinum Irish rock band from Ireland, consisting of three sisters and one brother from the Corr family: Sharon, Caroline, Andrea and Jim Corr. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band noted for psychedelic rock music, philosophical lyrics, classical rock compositions, sonic experimentation, innovative cover art, and elaborate live shows. ...


Radio Control Car Racing is occasionally held in a racetrack next to one of the carparks.


Current Seating

North Harbour Stadium has four main seating areas with an official capacity of 25,000. 19,000 (76%) of this capacity is seated, and the other 6,000 are on grass embankments.

  • Main Grandstand — A futuristic looking structure with a distinctive arched roof. It has three main tiers of seating, as well as a row of corporate boxes and several corporate lounges. A total of 12,000 can be seated, mostly under the roof. This is on the southern side of the ground.
  • Open Stand — A single uncovered tier opposite the Main Grandstand that can seat 7,000.
  • Embankments — At either end (East/West) of the ground, there is a single-tier grass embankment with a capacity of 3,000 people. The scoreboard is at the Western End, while the replay screen is directly opposite.

The stadium is lit with four 45m tall light towers.


Rugby World Cup 2011

New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup 2011 hosting rights in 2005, prompting a debate a year later in late-2006 as to which stadium should be used to host the final. North Harbour Stadium was a contender, but Eden Park and Stadium New Zealand were considered by most to be the two main options with North Harbour as an outsider. The 2011 Rugby World Cup will be the seventh time that the Rugby World Cup (RWC) has been held. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eden Park viewed from Mount Eden Proposed $320M redevelopment for the 2011 Rugby World Cup Eden Park is the main sports ground in Auckland, New Zealand for both rugby union during winter, and cricket in summer. ... Concept plan for the proposed Stadium New Zealand for the 2011 RWC. Stadium New Zealand was the provisional name for the national stadium proposed for Aucklands waterfront to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup. ...


The stadium had many advantages, chief among which were its large 28-hectare site (eliminating the obstacle of resource consent) and relatively low construction cost ($226M) and construction time compared to the other options. A resource consent is the authorisation given to activities as stipulated under the New Zealand Resource Management Act. ...


Transport to-and-from the stadium was cited as a disadvantage by the government, due to the travel distances from the CBD (The Albany area is around a 10-20 minute drive from the Auckland city centre), and the stadium currently struggles with a post-match traffic bottleneck in the surrounding streets. Albany is a northern suburb of North Shore, one of several cities in the Auckland metropolitan area in northern New Zealand. ... The Auckland Metropolitan Area, or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ...


However, supporters of the stadium said that transport could be seen as an advantage because Albany was to benefit from two of the Auckland reigons biggest roading projects - the Northern Busway (providing express buses from Downtown Auckland to Albany), and the Western Ring Route which is planned to give those living in the South and West of Auckland an alternative route to Albany. Brisbane also has a Northern Busway presently under construction. ...


Historically, North Harbour Stadium has drawn poor crowds to provincial rugby, so critics of the stadium pointed out that after the tournament, the new seating would be rarely used.


Upgrade Plans

The IRB demands a 60,000 capacity stadium to be delivered for the RWC. The North Harbour plan consisted of an extra tier of seating at each end of the ground, with a new grandstand on the Northern side having a similar design to the existing Grandstand, but on a vastly larger scale.


RWC 2011 Reserve option

On November 27, upon announcing that Eden Park was the preferred venue for the 2011 Rugby World Cup final, the New Zealand Government asked that North Harbour Stadium be considered as a reserve option. [1] Eden Park viewed from Mount Eden Proposed $320M redevelopment for the 2011 Rugby World Cup Eden Park is the main sports ground in Auckland, New Zealand for both rugby union during winter, and cricket in summer. ... The 2011 Rugby Union World Cup will be the seventh time this tournament has been held. ...


FIFA Under 17 Women's World Cup 2008

North Harbour Stadium will host the final of the 2008 FIFA Under 17 Women's world cup; other venues include Waikato Stadium (Hamilton), Newtown Park (Wellington) and QEII Park (Christchurch). Waikato Stadium, NZ Māori v Lions, 2005 Waikato Stadium is a major rugby union and soccer venue in Hamilton, New Zealand with a total capacity, seated and standing, of 26,350. ... Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Maori) is New Zealands fourth largest city. ... Wellington (Te Whanganui-a-Tara or Poneke in Māori) is the capital of New Zealand, the countrys second largest urban area and the most populous national capital in Oceania. ... Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the third largest city in the country. ...


References

  1. ^ It's Eden Park, Government says - New Zealand Herald, Monday 27 November, 2006

The New Zealand Herald is a daily broadsheet newspaper published in Auckland, New Zealand. ...

External links

  • Official North Harbour Stadium Site
  • North Harbour Stadium at Austadiums
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  Results from FactBites:
 
North Harbour Rugby - Official site (496 words)
The North Harbour Rugby Union was formed in 1985 and during this time has developed a reputation for playing colourful and entertaining rugby through all grades which no doubt is a result of the vibrant surroundings.
North Harbour has also enjoyed a great deal of success on the rugby field having produced many All Blacks and other New Zealand representative players, and also winning the 3rd and 2nd division titles in the early years, and making the final series of the nations NPC competition on several occasions during the 90’s.
North Harbour is also one of the three provinces in the ‘Blues’ Rugby Super 14 franchise which takes part in the annual Southern Hemisphere Rugby Super 14 competition (Rebel Sport Super 14).
NPC Week 2 Review - Rugbyheads (1256 words)
North Harbour forgot to bring their waterwings to Jade stadium on Friday night and paid the price, as they were comprehensively drowned by the locals.
North Harbour decided that it wasn't polite to come down and play on their pitch, under their lights, and hang onto the ball for so long, so occasionally they'd just give the ball back to C'bury for no apparant reason.
Harbour tried all the fancy tricks in their repertoire, but with the rain driving down they just couldn't make the passes stick.
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