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Forsyth Barr Stadium

Dunedin's indoor sports venue

Dunedin's new Forsyth Barr stadium

Visiting rugby teams used to hate playing at Dunedin’s wet, windy and cold Carisbrook stadium, especially in mid-winter. Since the opening of the fully-covered natural-grass Forsyth Barr Stadium in 2011, however, visiting teams love coming to Dunedin. The weather is always good in there and there’s no wind.

Dunedin has reaped the benefits, much to the chagrin of Christchurch, which saw its stadium’s demise in the 2011 earthquake. This is the country’s only major covered stadium, and as well as being home for Otago’s Super Rugby Highlanders, now hosts concerts: Elton John, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac and Rod Stewart among a host of visitors guaranteed a fair-weather concert.

The stadium is only a short walk from the centre of Dunedin and from Otago University - students have their own section of seating for Highlanders home games known as “The Zoo”.


Spectator Sports

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Sarah Stewart