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Athletic Park is a former rugby ground in Wellington that hosted 42 All Blacks tests. Discover more about this famous rugby stadium with rugby gurus RugbyPass.

About Athletic Park

Athletic Park is a former rugby ground in Wellington, New Zealand. Throughout its time in operation, it was home to the Wellington Lions and Hurricanes, and hosted 42 All Blacks test matches and four matches of the 1987 Rugby World Cup. Athletic Park was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021

The origins of Athletic Park can be traced all the way back to 1896, when it was owned by the Athletic Rugby Company and had room for 800 spectators. For much of its life, it was a fairly open stadium that was exposed to strong winds. As a result, its famous steep grandstand used to sway during matches. Throughout the years, Athletic Park was modernised and updated several times. By the time it closed in 1999, it could easily house 39,000 spectators.

Although Athletic Park was most famous as a rugby stadium, it was also the inaugural home of New Zealand’s first principal knockout football tournament, the Chatham Cup. In addition, Pope John Paul II visited the stadium in 1986 and several rock concerts were also held there, including performances from Kiss, U2, David Bowie and Elton John.

However, Athletic Park was primarily a rugby stadium and it hosted 42 test matches involving the All Blacks between 1904 and 1999. In addition to this, it also hosted four games of the 1987 Rugby World Cup. New Zealand played their final game there in 1999, when they defeated France 54-7.

Athletic Park was knocked down in 1999 and was replaced by Westpac Stadium (now Sky Stadium). Today, the ground has been demolished and replaced with a retirement village.

Fixtures & Results

Fri Aug 9, 2024
1:35am EDT
Yarrow Stadium
Taranaki Bulls Taranaki Bulls
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1:35am
Counties Manukau Counties Manukau
Round 1
LIVE
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0
3:35am EDT
Eden Park
Auckland Auckland
-
3:35am
Wellington Wellington
Round 1
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Invercargill Rugby Park
Southland Stags Southland Stags
-
10:05pm
Otago Otago
Round 1
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Apollo Projects Stadium
Canterbury Canterbury
-
10:05pm
Northland Northland
Round 1
LIVE
0
0
Sat Aug 10, 2024
12:35am EDT
FMG Stadium Waikato
Waikato Waikato
-
12:35am
Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty
Round 1
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
North Harbour Stadium
North Harbour North Harbour
-
10:05pm
Hawkes Bay Hawkes Bay
Round 1
LIVE
0
0
Sun Aug 11, 2024
12:35am EDT
Central Energy Trust Arena
Manawatu Manawatu
-
12:35am
Tasman Makos Tasman Makos
Round 1
LIVE
0
0
Wed Aug 14, 2024
3:05am EDT
Rotorua International Stadium
Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty
-
3:05am
Counties Manukau Counties Manukau
Round 1
LIVE
0
0
Fri Aug 16, 2024
3:05am EDT
Forsyth Barr Stadium
Otago Otago
-
3:05am
Auckland Auckland
Round 2
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Trafalgar Park
Tasman Makos Tasman Makos
-
10:05pm
Canterbury Canterbury
Round 2
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Semenoff Stadium
Northland Northland
-
10:05pm
Manawatu Manawatu
Round 2
LIVE
0
0
Sat Aug 17, 2024
12:35am EDT
McLean Park
Hawkes Bay Hawkes Bay
-
12:35am
Southland Stags Southland Stags
Round 2
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Tauranga Domain
Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty
-
10:05pm
North Harbour North Harbour
Round 2
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Porirua Park
Wellington Wellington
-
10:05pm
Taranaki Bulls Taranaki Bulls
Round 2
LIVE
0
0
Sun Aug 18, 2024
12:35am EDT
Navigation Homes Stadium
Counties Manukau Counties Manukau
-
12:35am
Waikato Waikato
Round 2
LIVE
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0
Fri Aug 23, 2024
3:05am EDT
McLean Park
Hawkes Bay Hawkes Bay
-
3:05am
Northland Northland
Round 3
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Navigation Homes Stadium
Counties Manukau Counties Manukau
-
10:05pm
Tasman Makos Tasman Makos
Round 3
LIVE
0
0
Sat Aug 24, 2024
12:35am EDT
Eden Park
Auckland Auckland
-
12:35am
Canterbury Canterbury
Round 3
LIVE
0
0
3:05am EDT
Invercargill Rugby Park
Southland Stags Southland Stags
-
3:05am
Taranaki Bulls Taranaki Bulls
Round 3
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Forsyth Barr Stadium
Otago Otago
-
10:05pm
Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty
Round 3
LIVE
0
0
10:35pm EDT
Porirua Park
Wellington Wellington
-
10:35pm
Manawatu Manawatu
Round 3
LIVE
0
0
Sun Aug 25, 2024
12:35am EDT
North Harbour Stadium
North Harbour North Harbour
-
12:35am
Waikato Waikato
Round 3
LIVE
0
0
Wed Aug 28, 2024
3:05am EDT
Apollo Projects Stadium
Canterbury Canterbury
-
3:05am
Hawkes Bay Hawkes Bay
Round 3
LIVE
0
0
Fri Aug 30, 2024
3:05am EDT
Semenoff Stadium
Northland Northland
-
3:05am
Southland Stags Southland Stags
Round 4
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
North Harbour Stadium
North Harbour North Harbour
-
10:05pm
Counties Manukau Counties Manukau
Round 4
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Yarrow Stadium
Taranaki Bulls Taranaki Bulls
-
10:05pm
Otago Otago
Round 4
LIVE
0
0
Sat Aug 31, 2024
12:35am EDT
FMG Stadium Waikato
Waikato Waikato
-
12:35am
Auckland Auckland
Round 4
LIVE
0
0
3:05am EDT
Lansdowne Park
Tasman Makos Tasman Makos
-
3:05am
Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty
Round 4
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Rangiora Showground Oval
Canterbury Canterbury
-
10:05pm
Wellington Wellington
Round 4
LIVE
0
0
Sun Sep 1, 2024
12:35am EDT
Central Energy Trust Arena
Manawatu Manawatu
-
12:35am
Hawkes Bay Hawkes Bay
Round 4
LIVE
0
0
Wed Sep 4, 2024
3:05am EDT
FMG Stadium Waikato
Waikato Waikato
-
3:05am
Northland Northland
Round 4
LIVE
0
0
Fri Sep 6, 2024
3:05am EDT
Rotorua International Stadium
Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty
-
3:05am
Manawatu Manawatu
Round 5
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Porirua Park
Wellington Wellington
-
10:05pm
Southland Stags Southland Stags
Round 5
LIVE
0
0
10:35pm EDT
Auckland Auckland
-
10:35pm
North Harbour North Harbour
Round 5
LIVE
0
0
Sat Sep 7, 2024
12:35am EDT
Forsyth Barr Stadium
Otago Otago
-
12:35am
Canterbury Canterbury
Round 5
LIVE
0
0
3:05am EDT
McLean Park
Hawkes Bay Hawkes Bay
-
3:05am
Tasman Makos Tasman Makos
Round 5
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Yarrow Stadium
Taranaki Bulls Taranaki Bulls
-
10:05pm
Waikato Waikato
Round 5
LIVE
0
0
Sun Sep 8, 2024
12:35am EDT
Navigation Homes Stadium
Counties Manukau Counties Manukau
-
12:35am
Northland Northland
Round 5
LIVE
0
0
Wed Sep 11, 2024
3:05am EDT
Forsyth Barr Stadium
Otago Otago
-
3:05am
Wellington Wellington
Round 5
LIVE
0
0
Fri Sep 13, 2024
3:05am EDT
Invercargill Rugby Park
Southland Stags Southland Stags
-
3:05am
Canterbury Canterbury
Round 6
LIVE
0
0
10:35pm EDT
Tauranga Domain
Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty
-
10:35pm
Taranaki Bulls Taranaki Bulls
Round 6
LIVE
0
0
Sat Sep 14, 2024
12:35am EDT
North Harbour Stadium
North Harbour North Harbour
-
12:35am
Manawatu Manawatu
Round 6
LIVE
0
0
3:05am EDT
FMG Stadium Waikato
Waikato Waikato
-
3:05am
Hawkes Bay Hawkes Bay
Round 6
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Lansdowne Park
Tasman Makos Tasman Makos
-
10:05pm
Wellington Wellington
Round 6
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Navigation Homes Stadium
Counties Manukau Counties Manukau
-
10:05pm
Otago Otago
Round 6
LIVE
0
0
Sun Sep 15, 2024
12:35am EDT
Semenoff Stadium
Northland Northland
-
12:35am
Auckland Auckland
Round 6
LIVE
0
0
Wed Sep 18, 2024
3:05am EDT
Central Energy Trust Arena
Manawatu Manawatu
-
3:05am
Southland Stags Southland Stags
Round 6
LIVE
0
0
Fri Sep 20, 2024
3:05am EDT
McLean Park
Hawkes Bay Hawkes Bay
-
3:05am
Taranaki Bulls Taranaki Bulls
Round 7
LIVE
0
0
9:05pm EDT
Semenoff Stadium
Northland Northland
-
9:05pm
North Harbour North Harbour
Round 7
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Apollo Projects Stadium
Canterbury Canterbury
-
10:05pm
Counties Manukau Counties Manukau
Round 7
LIVE
0
0
11:35pm EDT
Sky Stadium
Wellington Wellington
-
11:35pm
Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty
Round 7
LIVE
0
0
Sat Sep 21, 2024
9:05pm EDT
FMG Stadium Waikato
Waikato Waikato
-
9:05pm
Tasman Makos Tasman Makos
Round 7
LIVE
0
0
10:35pm EDT
Eden Park
Auckland Auckland
-
10:35pm
Southland Stags Southland Stags
Round 7
LIVE
0
0
Sun Sep 22, 2024
12:35am EDT
Central Energy Trust Arena
Manawatu Manawatu
-
12:35am
Otago Otago
Round 7
LIVE
0
0
Wed Sep 25, 2024
3:05am EDT
Yarrow Stadium
Taranaki Bulls Taranaki Bulls
-
3:05am
North Harbour North Harbour
Round 7
LIVE
0
0
Fri Sep 27, 2024
3:05am EDT
Navigation Homes Stadium
Counties Manukau Counties Manukau
-
3:05am
Wellington Wellington
Round 8
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
McLean Park
Hawkes Bay Hawkes Bay
-
10:05pm
Auckland Auckland
Round 8
LIVE
0
0
10:05pm EDT
Tauranga Domain
Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty
-
10:05pm
Northland Northland
Round 8
LIVE
0
0
Sat Sep 28, 2024
12:35am EDT
Forsyth Barr Stadium
Otago Otago
-
12:35am
Tasman Makos Tasman Makos
Round 8
LIVE
0
0
9:05pm EDT
North Harbour Stadium
North Harbour North Harbour
-
9:05pm
Canterbury Canterbury
Round 8
LIVE
0
0
9:05pm EDT
Invercargill Rugby Park
Southland Stags Southland Stags
-
9:05pm
Waikato Waikato
Round 8
LIVE
0
0
11:35pm EDT
Yarrow Stadium
Taranaki Bulls Taranaki Bulls
-
11:35pm
Manawatu Manawatu
Round 8
LIVE
0
0
Wed Oct 2, 2024
2:05am EDT
Trafalgar Park
Tasman Makos Tasman Makos
-
2:05am
Auckland Auckland
Round 8
LIVE
0
0
Fri Oct 4, 2024
2:05am EDT
Semenoff Stadium
Northland Northland
-
2:05am
Otago Otago
Round 9
LIVE
0
0
9:05pm EDT
Central Energy Trust Arena
Manawatu Manawatu
-
9:05pm
Counties Manukau Counties Manukau
Round 9
LIVE
0
0
11:35pm EDT
Invercargill Rugby Park
Southland Stags Southland Stags
-
11:35pm
North Harbour North Harbour
Round 9
LIVE
0
0
11:35pm EDT
Sky Stadium
Wellington Wellington
-
11:35pm
Hawkes Bay Hawkes Bay
Round 9
LIVE
0
0
Sat Oct 5, 2024
2:05am EDT
Apollo Projects Stadium
Canterbury Canterbury
-
2:05am
Waikato Waikato
Round 9
LIVE
0
0
9:05pm EDT
Trafalgar Park
Tasman Makos Tasman Makos
-
9:05pm
Taranaki Bulls Taranaki Bulls
Round 9
LIVE
0
0
11:35pm EDT
Eden Park
Auckland Auckland
-
11:35pm
Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty
Round 9
LIVE
0
0
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