By Tony Wright — Newshub | Posted: Tuesday May 17, 2016
Forsyth Barr Stadium voted number #1 on Newshub! This article ranks every NZ stadium that’s ever hosted a Super Rugby match and we’re proudly sitting in top spot as “the stadium of the future, right now.”
Super Rugby has graced 21 New Zealand stadiums over the past two decades — and while some have undergone expensive face lifts, many have remained decrepit old venues from a bygone era, or torn down altogether and replaced.
1. Forsyth Barr Stadium - Capacity 30,748
Top spot has to go to this modern marvel, purpose-built to worship our national game in any Dunedin weather. Much maligned during its construction as a giant waste of ratepayers money, the $193 million price tag now seems almost cheap compared to what was achieved for almost twice that, spent on Eden Parks half-baked redevelopment for the 2011 World Cup.
The roof is the only one of its kind in the world, and the atmosphere the place produces is right up there with the world's best. Any seat gives fans a close up view of the action and you can literally hear tackle collisions as if you're on the field with the players. Christchurch wants something similar to host the Crusaders while Aucklanders and Wellingtonians look upon Forsyth Barr with great envy, as they're stuck with their multi-purpose, soulless white elephants.
This is the stadium of the future, right now.
- Tony Wright, Newshub