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Encyclopedia > Western Springs Stadium
Quarter midget race at Western Springs Stadium at sunset
Quarter midget race at Western Springs Stadium at sunset

Western Springs Stadium is an entertainment venue in Auckland, New Zealand, that consists of a natural amphitheatre. During the winter it is used for club rugby union matches and over summer it is used for speedway. It is also occasionally used for large music concerts and festivals. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 199 pixelsFull resolution (4000 × 993 pixels, file size: 3. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 199 pixelsFull resolution (4000 × 993 pixels, file size: 3. ... Quarter Midget racing is a sport similar to Go-Karting. ... For other uses, see Auckland (disambiguation). ... The Colosseum in Rome, Italy. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Dirt track racing is a type of auto racing performed on oval tracks in New Zealand. ...


Western Springs Stadium has a crowd capacity of 30,000 for sports [1] and upwards of 50,000 for concerts. It is located four kilometres west of the city centre in the suburb of Western Springs. Western Springs is a residential suburb and park in the west of the city of Auckland in the north of New Zealand. ...

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Western Springs Stadium has been used for Speedway racing since 1929.


Many notable concerts have been held at the stadium, including the only New Zealand concerts by Led Zeppelin (1972), Bob Marley (1979), Genesis (1986) Pink Floyd (1988) and Duran Duran (2003). For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... This article is about the reggae musician. ... Genesis is an English rock band formed in 1967. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... Duran Duran are an English pop group notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ...


Two concerts held at the stadium were the largest concerts ever in the Southern Hemisphere at the time (although since overtaken by Rock in Rio). On 26 November 1983 the final date of David Bowie's Serious Moonlight World Tour was attended by either 74,480 fans (according to bootleg recordings) or by 83,000 (according to the promoter years later [2]). On 14 March 1987 over 80,000 fans saw the concert by ZZ Top. southern hemisphere highlighted in yellow (Antarctica not depicted). ... Queen at Rock in Rio (1985) Rock in Rio was the biggest rock festival held in Brazil and also in Portugal. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ...


At the top of the hill that forms the amphitheatre is a street of houses - the residents have a view into the stadium from their back gardens. This has often been referred to by the artists on stage, who have often encouraged the residents to donate money to charity in lieu of an entrance fee - notably, Bono from U2 (1989) and Robbie Williams (2003). In 1993's ZooTV show, Bono made a mid-performance phone call to one of the neighbouring properties with a grandstand built in the backyard overlooking the stadium, and earlier in the day the band had sent up a selection of tour merchandise to attempt to sell to the viewers. For other uses, see Bono (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... For other people with the same name, see Robbie Williams (disambiguation). ... Zoo TV redirects here. ... The British television sport programme Grandstand is one of the BBCs longest running sports shows, alongside BBC Sports Personality of the Year. ...


In April 2006 The Rolling Stones played a show of their A Bigger Bang Tour at Western Springs; they had played there 33 years earlier on their 1973 Pacific Tour. Rolling Stones redirects here. ... The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour was a worldwide concert tour which took place between autumn 2005 and summer 2007, in support of their album A Bigger Bang. ... The Rolling Stones Pacific Tour 1973 was a concert tour of countries bordering the Pacific Ocean in January and February 1973 by The Rolling Stones. ...


In February 2007 the WWE Road To Wrestlemania 23 Tour came to Western Spring attracting over 12,000 WWE fans. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...


Speedway

Western Springs Stadium has been used for speedway since 1929. Speedway events take place at the stadium from early November through to mid March. Speedway activities have been under threat in recent years due to complaints and legal action from the local community. Currently speedway events are limited to 12 events per season, but negotiations and legal action by community groups and speedway promoters are ongoing. Dirt track racing is a type of auto racing performed on oval tracks in New Zealand. ...


Rugby

Between late March and early October the stadium is used by the Ponsonby Rugby Club for training and games. Western Springs Stadium has also hosted NRL games when Mt Smart stadium has been unavailable.


External links

  • Western Springs Speedway Club
  • Springs Speedway
  • Springs Stadium Residents Association
  • Ponsonby Rugby Club

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Western Springs Stadium, November 26 1983 (425 words)
Lift my head up to witness cars parked on the side of the motorway and people walking alongside them, heading to the stadium as it turns out.
The bemused security gaurds just stood there scratching their heads before moving to assist folks over the broken fence and thereby preventing any crush injuries.
I was 24 at the time and living 5 minutes walk from the venue (a speedway stadium that was Aucklands only large outdoor venue for summer concerts for a long time) It was a great show and certainly the largest by any act that I've ever been to.
Western Springs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1075 words)
Western Springs is a residential suburb and park in the west of the city of Auckland in the north of New Zealand.
Across the road from the Zoo is the school of Western Springs College, with a student population of around 900.
The area was called Western Springs to differentiate it from the Springs in the Auckland Domain to the east of town.
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