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Rugby League Park

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Former names  Addington Showgrounds
Phone  +64 800 822 7369
Expanded  24 March 2012
Capacity  18,000
Owner  Canterbury Rugby League
Architect  Populous
Rugby League Park
Location  95 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand
Address  95 Jack Hinton Dr, Addington, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
Teams  Crusaders, Canterbury Rugby Football Union
Similar  Lancaster Park, Waikato Stadium, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Wellington Regional Stadium, Yarrow Stadium

The Rugby League Park (currently known as AMI Stadium for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby league and rugby union stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand. Formerly called the Addington Showgrounds, the ground is owned by the Canterbury Rugby League.

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History

The park is part of a complex with the Horncastle Arena and the Addington Raceway and has hosted international rugby league matches since the 1950s, including World Cup matches in 1975, 1977, 1988, 1990 and 1991.

The ground was bought by the Canterbury Rugby League from the Christchurch City Council in the 1990s.

It was at this ground that the Kiwis won the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour's sole test in New Zealand to qualify for the 1985–1988 Rugby League World Cup final.

Christchurch Stadium

Rugby League Park sustained significant damage during the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake and was closed until 24 March 2012.

After the earthquake the stands had to be demolished. However Lancaster Park, the main sporting ground in Christchurch, was damaged beyond repair. As a temporary replacement for the city, Rugby League Park was upgraded to seat 18,000 by March 2012 with a possible expansion to 26,000 for major games. As a result, the Crusaders are based there indefinitely, and the stadium has also hosted All Blacks test matches and a Wellington Phoenix pre-season match in September 2012. On 9 November 2013 it held a round 5 A-League match between Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory in which the teams drew 1-1.

International rugby league matches

A list of rugby league test matches played at the Addington Showgrounds / Rugby League Park.

*Played as part of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

References

Rugby League Park Wikipedia


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