WestpacTrust Stadium
1999
33500
1999
Scoreboard End, City End
Wellington
Rugby (Wellington Hurricanes, Wellington Lions)
05:31, Sun Jul 27, 2014 (UTC +1200)
Westpac Stadium
 

Records and statistics

New Zealand v West Indies - Jan 8-9, 2000 Scorecard
New Zealand v India - Jan 31, 2014 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Dec 22, 2006 Scorecard
New Zealand v West Indies - Jan 15, 2014 Scorecard
T20I records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
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Profile

An international multi-purpose stadium that grew out of the need to replace the capital city's dilapidated international rugby stadium Athletic Park. The 100-year-old rugby ground hosted its first rugby test in 1903 and at times it seemed the facilities had been in place for a century.

Uncomfortably situated on top of a hill it became a natural wind tunnel winning the title of the windiest rugby ground in the world.

When it became obvious that the facility needed to be replaced, rugby and cricket interests met with the major local authorities in the region, the Wellington City Council and the Wellington Regional Council, the latter being a representative body of several city councils in the lower North Island.

This proved a useful liaison because as a regional facility, the WestpacTrust Stadium needed to be funded by local interests, and for major sports events that included sportsfans from the outlying areas of the region, including the Wairarapa, to the north-east, and the Horowhenua, to the north-west.

The new stadium's situation, on disused railways land 1000m north of the central business district of Wellington, was crucial to its success.

The railway link meant that sports fans from the outlying areas could train to cricket and rugby games, leaving their cars behind at their home railway stations. Traffic problems have always been associated with Athletic Park, and to a lesser extent One-Day Internationals at the Basin Reserve.

Considerable lobbying went into the placing of the stadium on the railways site, as a group from the city of Porirua 18km up State Highway One put together a powerful proposal. However, an independent arbitrator, former All Black and the chairman of the Government sports agency, the Hillary Commission, Sir Wilson Whineray, was asked to consider the respective plans and he opted for the Wellington plan.

Partly funded by local government and business interests, the stadium was completed on schedule by the end of 1999 and hosted its first cricket match, when Wellington played Northern Districts in a Shell Cup match on January 4. The game had been delayed a day due to rain.

The first international played on the ground was also affected by rain. The ODI between New Zealand and the West Indies started on January 8 and ended the next day. The fourth match in the five-match series, it was won by New Zealand by eight wickets. Nathan Astle achieved the highest score to date on the ground with 78 not out while Roger Twose scored 68 not out. Scott Styris has the best bowling record with 3-37.

Rain has been an unfortunate companion at the ground as no result was possible between the New Zealand and Australian teams later in 2000.

During the winter, the ground is the home venue of Super 12 rugby's Hurricanes and the National Provincial Championship's Wellington Lions.

[ Profile by Lynn McConnell, 20 October 2000 ]

Fixtures

2015
Thu Jan 29 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 01:00 GMT
20:00 EST | 19:00 CST | 17:00 PST
7th ODI - New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Sat Jan 31 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 01:00 GMT
20:00 EST | 19:00 CST | 17:00 PST
1st ODI - New Zealand v Pakistan
Fri Feb 20 (50 ovs)          
ICC Cricket World Cup
9th Match, Pool A - New Zealand v England
Sun Mar 1 (50 ovs)
ICC Cricket World Cup
22nd Match, Pool A - England v Sri Lanka
Thu Mar 12 (50 ovs)          
ICC Cricket World Cup
36th Match, Pool B - South Africa v United Arab Emirates
Sat Mar 21 (50 ovs)          
ICC Cricket World Cup
4th Quarter-Final - TBC v TBC (A4 v B1)
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Scott Styris of New Zealand appeals for LBW against Albie Morkel, New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, February 20, 2004
Scott Styris of New Zealand appeals for LBW against Albie Morkel
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Chris Cairns on the drive, New Zealand v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Wellington, January 17, 2004
Chris Cairns on the drive
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Hamish Marshall plays the cut, New Zealand v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Wellington, January 17, 2004
Hamish Marshall plays the cut
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Pakistan off spinner Saqlain Mushtaq holds the National Bank Player of the Match trophy above his head, after taking 3-26 from nine overs. 3rd One-Day International: New Zealand v Pakistan at WestpacTrust Stadium, Wellington, 22 February 2001.
Saqlain holds aloft the Player of the Match trophy
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Ground Fixtures Ground Results
7th ODI: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington
Jan 29, 2015 (14:00 local | 01:00 GMT | 20:00 EST | 19:00 CST | 17:00 PST)
1st ODI: New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington
Jan 31, 2015 (14:00 local | 01:00 GMT | 20:00 EST | 19:00 CST | 17:00 PST)
9th Match, Pool A: New Zealand v England at Wellington
Feb 20, 2015
22nd Match, Pool A: England v Sri Lanka at Wellington
Mar 1, 2015
36th Match, Pool B: South Africa v U.A.E. at Wellington
Mar 12, 2015
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