Mount Smart Rugby Stadium (Auckland): Super Rugby Pacific


Mount Smart Rugby Stadium (Auckland): Super Rugby Pacific


Mount Smart Stadium - Moana Pasifika Super Rugby Stadium


Mount Smart Stadium, situated in Auckland, New Zealand, was formerly called as Ericsson Stadium. It is the main venue of the New Zealand Warriors and the National Rugby League team and hosts the rugby unions and International rugby matches occasionally. It was built inside the Rarotonga / Mount Smart volcanic cone, located in the suburb of Penrose, 10 kilometers south of the city center.

In 1943, the Mount Smart Domain Board was founded to transform the original quarry into a public protected area. The plan for a sports stadium was approved in 1953, and in 1967, the stadium was officially opened. In New Zealand, World Series Cricket Tour three matches were played at the Mount Smart Stadium in 1978. In the early 1980s, sporting events were held at the stadium, including the successful Pan American series.

In 1988 the Great Britain Lions Tour, the Auckland rugby league team won over the visitors at Mt Smart by a score of 30-14 in front of 8,000 spectators. On July 23, 1989, Mount Smart hosted the first international rugby league, when Australia and New Zealand conducted the third test of the Kangaroo 1989 New Zealand Tour. Australia wins over New Zealand with a score of 22-14 ended the series 3-0, in front of 15,000 spectators.

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