Mount Smart Stadium

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Mount Smart Stadium
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Mount Smart Stadium
Former namesMount Smart Stadium (1967-95), (2007–17)
Ericsson Stadium (1995–2006)
Address2 Beasley Ave
Penrose, Auckland 1061
Owner Auckland Council
Operator Auckland Stadiums
Capacity Sports: 30,000
Concerts: 47,000
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1965
Opened1967
Tenants
New Zealand Warriors (NRL) / (SL) (1995–present)
Auckland Vulcans (NSWRL) (2008-13)
Football Kingz (NSL) (1999–2004)
Counties Manukau Rugby Union (ITM Cup) (2006–08)

Mount Smart Stadium (formerly known as Ericsson Stadium) is located in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the home ground of National Rugby League team, the New Zealand Warriors. Built within the quarried remnants of the Rarotonga / Mount Smart volcanic cone, it is located 10 kilometres south of the city centre, in the suburb of Penrose.

History

Big Day Out Double Stages, Auckland 2007 Big Day Out 2007.jpg
Big Day Out Double Stages, Auckland 2007

The Mount Smart Domain Board was established in 1943 with the purpose of transforming the former quarry site into a public reserve. [ citation needed ] In 1953, a plan was approved for a sports stadium which was officially opened in 1967. In 1978, it hosted 3 matches of the World Series Cricket tour of New Zealand. The stadium hosted track and field events including the highly successful Pan Am series during the early 1980s.

During the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour the Auckland rugby league team defeated the tourists 30–14 at Mt Smart before a crowd of 8,000. Mount Smart hosted its first rugby league international on 23 July 1989 when New Zealand and Australia played the third test of the Kangaroos 1989 New Zealand Tour. In front of 15,000 fans, Australia defeated the Kiwis 22–14 to wrap up the series 3–0.

The stadium was chosen as the Main Athletics Stadium as well as the opening and closing ceremonies venue of the 1990 Commonwealth Games. It was where the New Zealand national football team (the All Whites) played all their home qualifying games for the 1982 FIFA World Cup. This was the first occasion that New Zealand had qualified for a FIFA World Cup and the event captured the imagination of the nation with large crowds packing the stadium.

Adele holds the attendance record of the stadium, with 45,000 fans, who saw her play at Adele Live 2017. [1] Ericsson Stadium was the host of the Super League's 1997 World Club Championship Final between Australian teams the Brisbane Broncos and Hunter Mariners. In front of 12,000 fans, the Broncos defeated the Mariners 36–12. Ericsson Stadium hosted three-quarters of the 1999 Rugby League Tri-nations' games, including the final, which New Zealand lost 20–22.

The stadium is now owned by the Auckland Council, following the merger of Auckland's regional authorities and managed by Auckland Stadiums. [2] During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the back of the grandstand roof at Mount Smart was used for Bungee jumping. Following the first rugby league test at the stadium in 1989, Australian captain Wally Lewis and teammate Peter Jackson both 'took the plunge'.

Mount Smart Stadium also hosted the first standalone NRL Women's Premiership match between the New Zealand Warriors and St. George Illawarra Dragons on 22 September 2019. [3] The Dragons won this match 266. [4]

Naming rights

Panoramic image of Mt Smart Stadium photographed in 2006. MTSMARTPAN1.jpg
Panoramic image of Mt Smart Stadium photographed in 2006.

As of 12 July 2006, the stadium reverted to its original name, Mt Smart Stadium. In a press release, the Auckland Regional Council, owners of the stadium, stated they had considered other offers, but felt they did not suit.[ citation needed ] Auckland Regional Council did not actively pursue a replacement sponsor.

On 14 July 2017 the Stadium was temporarily renamed Manu Vatuvei Stadium for the Warriors vs Panthers game where the Warriors bid farewell to club legend Manu Vatuvei.

Tenants

The South Stand at Mt Smart Stadium, shot from the northern end of the stadium. Warriors Open Day, February 2005. EricssonStadium02.jpg
The South Stand at Mt Smart Stadium, shot from the northern end of the stadium. Warriors Open Day, February 2005.

It currently serves as the home ground for the New Zealand Warriors in the Australian National Rugby League and NRL Women's Premiership. It is the former home of the Football Kingz of the Australian National Soccer League; however, its A-League successor, the now defunct New Zealand Knights, played on the other side of Waitematā Harbour at North Harbour Stadium.

The Athletics Ground (officially Mt Smart Stadium Number 2) hosts athletics meets, right down to Primary School Level. It also holds local rugby league matches and serves as the home ground for the Auckland franchise in the Bartercard Premiership.

Rugby league test matches

A list of rugby league test and World Cup matches played at Mount Smart Stadium.

Test#DateResultAttendanceNotes
123 July 1989 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg def. Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 22–1415,000 1989-1992 World Cup
1989 Trans-Tasman Test series
28 July 1990 Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg def. Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 16–147,843 1990 New Zealand vs Great Britain series
320 June 1993New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg drew with Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia 14–1422,994 1993 Trans-Tasman Test series
49 June 1995New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg def. Flag of France.svg  France 22–615,0001995 New Zealand vs France series
518 October 1996New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg def. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 17–1212,000 1996 New Zealand vs Great Britain series
615 October 1999New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg def. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia 24–2222,540 1999 Tri-Nations
726 October 1999New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg def. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 26–414,040 1999 Tri-Nations
85 November 1999Australia Flag of Australia (converted).svg def. Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 22–2021,204 1999 Tri-Nations Final
910 June 2001New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg def. Flag of France.svg France 36–04,500
1021 October 2005Australia Flag of Australia (converted).svg def. Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 28–2615,400 2005 Tri-Nations
1114 October 2006Australia Flag of Australia (converted).svg def. Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 30–1817,887 2006 Tri-Nations
1218 October 2008New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg def. Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 56–8
1316 October 2010New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg def. Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 50–611,512
1428 October 2017New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg def. Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 38–817,857 2017 World Cup Group B
1525 November 2017England Flag of England.svg def. Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 20-1830,003 2017 World Cup Semi-final
1613 October 2018Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand def. Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 26-2412,763
1720 October 2018Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. v Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 34-1626,214
1822 June 2019Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand def. v Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 34-1423,634 2019 Oceania Cup

Concerts

The capacity of the stadium for concerts is roughly 47,000 people. This can be expanded to 60,000 when the temporary north and south stands are installed. A list of concerts held at the stadium are included in the table below:

Mount Smart Stadium was the Auckland venue of the Big Day Out music festival until 2012. In 2014, Western Springs Stadium served as the venue for the festival in Auckland. Among the concerts hosted, Rainbow Warrior Benefit Concert (Greenpeace 1986) featuring multiple artists including Neil Young on acoustic guitar and Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Topp Twins, Dave Dobbyn and a Split Enz reunion [46] within Mt Smart Stadium.

An album of Maori artists who came to support the aims of the Mt. Smart Stadium project was released in 1981. [47] It was called The Mauri Hikitia . It reached no 4 on the New Zealand charts. [48] It featured Rhonda, Ken Kincaid, Deane Waretini, and the Lightwood family. [49]

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