- Westpac Arena
stadium_name = Westpac Arena
nickname = The Woolshed, The Horseshoe
location = Addington,
Christchurch, New Zealand
owner = [http://www.vbase.co.nz Vbase]
former_names = Westpac Centre, Westpactrust Centre
1999 Netball World Championships Canterbury Tactix( ANZ Championship) (2008-present)
seating_capacity =7,200 for sports, 8,888 for concerts.|
Westpac Arena formerly known as the Westpac Centre and before that the WestpacTrust Centre is a sporting and entertainment arena located in Addington,
Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Westpac Arena is New Zealand's second largest indoor arena with a maximum capacity of 8,888 (depending on event type), it was the largest until the construction of
Auckland's Vector Arenain 2007. The indoor stadium is capable of hosting concerts, exhibitions and various sporting events. Provision for international sport and traditional indoor arena events has been integrated into the design requirements.
The Westpac Arena has over 7200 seats for sporting fixtures or, in the concert configuration, the seating can increase to over 8,888.
The Sports and Entertainment complex is located adjacent to
Addington Racewayin South West Christchurch surrounded by 3000 car parks. The complex is only 10 minutes from the central business district
Westpac Arena has been affectionately dubbed 'The Woolshed' by Canterbury Rams basketball fans. Some Christchurch citizens colloquially refer to the arena as the horseshoe, due to its unusual architectural exterior design.
Australian and New Zealand bank,
Westpac, currently holds the naming rights to the stadium, as well as other stadiums and theatres throughout New Zealand.
The arena opened in September 1998 at a cost of
NZ$32 Million. In the first ever sporting match at Westpac Arena, the Canterbury Ramsbasketball team suffered a close loss to the Wellington Saints86-81 in April 1999.
The Westpac Arena was built for two main reasons: primarily for the 1999 Netball World Cup in
Christchurch, and also because Christchurchwas missing out on many concerts and other attractions, because it did not have a suitable indoor arena in the city.
Canterbury Rams1999-2007 [ [http://www.ccc.govt.nz/MediaReleases/2007/September/28064439.asp "Basketball returns home to Cowles", "Christchurch City Council, Media Release"] 29 September, 2007.]
Since its opening the Westpac Arena has been host to a number of different sporting events. These Include home matches for the Canterbury Rams (Basketball) and Canterbury Tactix (Netball) teams. The Westpac Arena occasionally hosts international Basketball and Netball fixtures featuring the
Tall Blacksand Silver Fernsrespectively. It was also the host of the 1999 Netball World Championships.
It has also been host to a lot of non-regular sporting events. These include various Celebrity
TennisMatches, Ice Shows, Disabled Games, KarateChampionships and GymnasticsCompetitions.
The Westpac Arena has been host to many different concerts since it Opened. Most Notably in the Last few Years
Bryan Adams, Neil Diamond, Velvet Revolver, 50 Cent, R.E.M. and Rod Stewartjust to name a few.
May 22, 2007, Guns N' Roseswere announced to play their last New Zealandshow at The Westpac Arena, as a part of their Chinese Democracy World Tour 2007.
November 25, 2007 Museplayed Christchurchat the Westpac Arena on their last show of their Australasian (and eventually, as Bangkok was cancelled, world) tour.
March 24, 2008, Smashing Pumpkinsplayed at the Westpac Arena with Queens of The Stone Ageas a support act.
May 7, 2008, Westlifeplayed at the Westpac Arena
September 12, 2008, Disturbedplayed at Westpac Arena, along with headlining acts P.O.Dand Alter Bridge.
The Westpac Arena also pays a key part of the Christchurch economy by being the host to regular annual trade shows. Some of which include the Christchurch Home Show, Women's Lifestyle Expo, The Christchurch Boat Show and the South Island gift Fare.
It is also managed by the same company that manages the
Christchurch Convention Centreand plays an important part of hosting major conferences in cooperation with the convention centre. The combined facilities regularly host a variety of different conferences for up to 2500 people. It has been a frequent host for the New Zealand annual Tourism conference known as T.R.E.N.Z..
In 1999, the arena was used to stage the
Disney on Iceproduction. In June 2008 the Westpac Arena is host to Disney's High School Musical on Ice tour, which will be only the second time that ice has been used on the Arena floor.
The venue is also used for big gala dinners, lunches, balls and cocktail parties.
At Midday Thursday
1st March 2007The Westpac Centre was officially renamed the Westpac Arena, along with getting a brand new [http://www2.vbase.co.nz/westpac_arena/venue_overview Website] .
*http://www.vbase.co.nz - Venue manager for the Westpac Arena. Lists upcoming events and allows you to take a virtual tour of the Arena.
* [http://www.westpac.co.nz Naming rights holder]
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