Westpac Stadium

By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 6, 2015

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Exterior of Westpac Trust Stadium

Stadium Overview

Team: Wellington Phoenix

Address: Wellington

Capacity: 34,500

Opened: 2000

Wellington Regional Stadium or Westpac Stadium for reasons of sponsorship is a multi-purpose sporting arena which opened on the 3rd January 2000 to replace the set of outdated facilities at Athletic Park across the city. The ground is often referred to as “The Cake Tin” due to the cylindrical shape and silver coloured exterior.

Stadium Guide

History

Wellington Regional stadium was constructed over a two year period starting in March 1998 and opened at the turn of the millennium on the 3rd of January. Built by Auckland based builders, Fletcher Construction, the ground was constructed on reclaimed railway land next to Wellington Harbour and as a result it has excellent views of the nearby body of water.

Owned by the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, commercially it is known as the Westpac Stadium after the global Australian bank and financial services provider although the locals refer to it informally as “The Cake Tin”. The 48,000 capacity venue is bowl shaped and combined with the shiny metal exterior it certainly looks like something which belongs in an oven.

Wellington Phoenix fans not content with the feminine sounding fans have dubbed their stadium, “the ring of fire” although based on their performance since joining Australia’s A-League this intimidating name isn’t the most appropriate! They have however fared much better than the likes of Brisbane Roar and the Newcastle Jets in recent seasons.

The largest crowd for a non-international football match came in 2007 when Phoenix hosted David Beckham’s LA Galaxy in a friendly match which saw 31,853 spectators witness the American side beat the locals 4-1. The 2010 World Cup Qualifier against Bahrain on the 15th November 2009 holds the current soccer attendance record with an additionally 3,000 or so supporters watching the All Whites win one nil.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan for Wellington Phoenix’s Westpac Stadium:

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Stands

Westpac Stadium consists of the following four stands: North, East, South and West.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

Matchday Experience

Best Pubs

Within the nearby area of Thorndon where Wellington Central Station is located there are quite a few pubs to hand such as the Thistle Inn Tavern, The Backbencher Pub & Cafe, and The Old Bailey. Back towards the city centre there are of course more boozers such as the Little Beer Quarter and Fork and Brewer.

At the stadium there are two official bars which are open to the general public on matchdays, assuming that there is space. The Pavilion Bar is located opposite Aisle 16, and the Mezzanine bar which opened on April 2014 is housed in the concourse between Aisles 25 and 26. Both have numerous televisions inside, decent views of the surrounding harbour and good service.

Food

There are numerous food and beverage outlets throughout the concourses, all of which sell the usual stadium classics such as pies, hamburgers, sausage rolls and chips. As well as selling a range of soft-drinks and warm beverages, there are also one or two specialist stalls throughout are dedicated to certain cuisines or food types such as fish & chips, curry, and ice cream.

Club Shop

Fans can purchase official merchandise on matchdays from the various kiosks at The Westpac (Aisles 14 and 23) in addition to the recently designed online store, The Phoenix Shop.

Stadium Tour

With the exception of the pitch, fans who undertake the fully guided tour pretty much cover every inch of Westpac Stadium including the likes of the VIP hospitality at the very top to the players changing rooms in the main stand. Lasting anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes tours must be booked in advanced and are generally unavailable in the days before, during and after an event.

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The distinctive yellow and black colours of the Phoenix Faithful.

Tour Prices

  • Adults: $6.00
  • Under 16s: $3.50

To book a tour you can either phone the guys at the stadium on 04 473 3881 or use the contact form at the bottom of this page. Tours cost a minimum of $50.00, however this is split between the number of participants per visit.

Ticket Prices

Tickets to see Wellington Phoenix play at Westpac Stadium can often vary in price depending on levels of demand, and whereabouts you sit so don’t be surprised if the prices appear to fluctuate by a few dollars per fixture. The best place to compare them is on Ticketek who are the official ticket merchants of the club

Yellow Fever Zone/Family/Silver

  • Adult: $23.00
  • Concession: $13.00
  • Under 16: $5.00.
  • Family: $49.00
  • Phoenix Lounge: $75.00

Gold

  • Adult: $29.00
  • Concession: $17.00
  • Under 16: $5.00
  • Family: $65.00
  • Phoenix Lounge: $75.00

Please note that the above ticket prices are illustrative for the 2015 season and do not include booking fee and payment processing fee for some credit cards.

Matchday Travel

Wellington Regional Stadium is located on reclaimed railway land approximately 1km north of the central business district overlooking the city’s main harbour.

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The entrance for those lucky enough to be sat in corporate boxes. I have no idea what the squid/seahorse things are?

Driving

The address for satnav is as follows:

  • Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

Car Parks

The stadium’s official car park has room for 850 cars and around 50 buses, with a space available at a cost of $30.00 per vehicle during sporting events. Parking spaces can be reserved by either sending an email to carparks@westpacstadium.co.nz or phoning the stadium trust office on 04-473-3881 as long as you do so a week before the event.

Train

Wellington Central Station is located five minutes south of the stadium, and it has frequent services to the rest of New Zealand which makes the ground accessible from across the various islands. For complete timetables and services available please visit Metlink’s website.

The exterior of Wellington Central Railway Station

The grandiose exterior of Wellington Central Railway Station which first opened in June 1937.

Bus

On matchdays there is a special shuttle bus service which runs every 10 to 15 minutes from the centre of Wellington. Costing $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children, the service drops fans right outside the turnstiles and even offers a return service after the match.

Shuttle Bus Stops:

  • Te Papa Main Entrance, Cable St
  • Bus Terminus, Courtenay Place
  • St James Theatre, Courtenay Place
  • Manners St, (at Cuba St) outside Arty Bees bookshop
  • Manners St (at Willis St intersection)
  • Grand Arcade , 20 Willis St

Hotels

The closest hotel to Westpac Stadium is arguably the Kingggate Hotel, however just five minutes further along Waterloo Quay there is much more choice with the likes of the budget Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers, Rydges Wellington and Wellesley Boutique Hotel.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 6, 2015

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