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Soccer Stadiums in New Zealand

Forsyth Barr Stadium New Zealand venue

Forsyth Barr Stadium

Forsyth Barr Stadium is located on Anzac Avenue, Logan Park, Dunedin and is the home ground for Southern United. Also known as Otago Stadium during the 2011 Rugby World Cup and 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, it is a multi-purpose arena built with an iconic glass roof in 2011 at the cost of NZD200 million. The venue has a 30,848 capacity.

Nicknamed 'the glasshouse', the stadium replaced Carisbrook as the home stadium of both the Highlanders and Otago Rugby teams. The stadium has also hosted the local ASB Premiership football team Otago United for some of their home matches in the 2011–12 season and was a venue for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The stadium also hosts major music tours, with Elton John and Fleetwood Mac due to return in 2019-20.

Trafalgar Park

The home ground for Tasman United is at Trafalgar Park, beside the central business district of Nelson on New Zealand's South Island. The stadium and has a capacity of 18,000, following upgrades completed for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in September when other facilities remained closed following destruction from the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011.

Trafalgar Park is the home ground of the Tasman Makos and Lansdowne Park, Blenheim rugby teams. Between 1953 and 1997 it was a cricket ground before teams moved to the Saxton Oval. Trafalgar Park also hosted the final of the 1978 Chatham Cup soccer competition.

Bill McKinlay Park

Bill McKinlay Park in Auckland is the home of the Eastern Suburbs AFC. The park was founded in 1902, and a small pavilion later became the Mt Wellington Association Football Club’s first clubrooms, when the team had exclusive use from 1954. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 which was reached most notably when the national soccer team beat Mexico 4-0 in August 1980.

In 1999, Mt Wellington Association Football Club merged with the University Football Club, but increased usage saw the grounds deteriorate and the installation of synthetic turf was considered potentially the most cost-effective upgrading option, which was completed in June 2011.

Park Island

Park Island in Napier is the home stadium of Hawkes Bay United. The stadium was opened in 1985 and had a capacity of 5,000. The sports grounds are divided into areas leased to sports organizations for their sole use, including not just soccer, but also rugby and hockey. Park Island also contains Shrimpton Field, which is used for football in winter and cricket in summer, and Bond Field, which has both rugby and football pitches in the winter. These facilities regularly host major football tournaments up to inter-federation level, with further expansion in planning stages.

Kiwitea Street

Kiwitea Street or Freyberg Field is the home stadium for Auckland City FC and Central United. It opened in 1965 as a multi-purpose stadium on the borders of the suburbs of Sandringham and Mount Albert in Auckland and has a 3,500 capacity. It was made available for use as a football pitch despite being only 45 meters wide, with club members paying to expand over the next couple of decades, including the purchase of adjoining properties. The poor condition of the pitch, led to the development of an all-weather pitch, completed in 1995, clubrooms, a corporate hospitality wing and a dedicated medical and physiotherapy room added later.