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North Harbour Stadium is a stadium situated in Albanymarker in North Shore Citymarker in New Zealandmarker. It was opened in 1997 after nearly a decade of discussion, planning and construction. Rugby union, football and rugby League are the only sports played on the main ground, as it is rectangular in shape. The neighbouring oval plays host to the region's major cricket matches. The stadium also hosts large open air concerts.

Events

North Harbour Stadium is the home ground for the North Harbour side in the Air New Zealand Cup. The stadium typically hosts one Auckland Blues home game in the Super 14 annually. The stadium has played host to several rugby union and rugby league internationals. The New Zealand Warriors NRL team often play warm-up matches at the ground.

North Harbour Stadium was the home ground for The New Zealand Knights, the one New Zealand soccer team in the otherwise all-Australian Hyundai A-League, from 2005 until their licence was revoked by the league at the completion of the 2006/2007 season.

The stadium played host to the FIFA Under-17 Women's Football World Cup in 2008.

Open air concerts are occasionally held at the stadium. Notable performers the stadium has hosted include The Corrs, Luciano Pavarotti, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and Cher, and The Who.

Radio Control Car Racing is occasionally held in a racetrack next to one of the carparks.

Layout

North Harbour Stadium has an official capacity of 25,000 for sporting events. The stadium has four seating areas - the main grandstand on the southern side which seats 12,000 and contains corporate facilities; an uncovered stand opposite which seats 7,000; and grass embankments at either end which each seat 3,000.

The stadium is lit by four 45m light towers.

Rugby World Cup 2011

New Zealandmarker won the Rugby World Cup 2011 hosting rights in 2005, prompting a debate a year later in late-2006 as to which stadium should be used to host the final. North Harbour Stadium was a contender, but Eden Parkmarker and Stadium New Zealand were considered by most to be the two main options with North Harbour as an outsider. Eventually, the New Zealand government decided that Eden Parkmarker would host the final, with North Harbour as the official reserve option.

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