Stadium Christchurch

Stadium Christchurch

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Stadium Christchurch was founded in 1880 when the Canterbury Cricket and Athletics Sports Company purchased ten acres from the estate of Benjamin Lancaster of Bournemouth, England. The new sports ground adopted the name Lancaster Park and was officially opened in 1881. n its early years Lancaster Park hosted a variety of sporting events including trotting, cycling, swimming, tennis and hot air ballooning. Other notable events include visits by Pope John Paul II (1986) and Queen Elizabeth (1963). During World War I the ground was dug up to grow potatoes to support the war effort. More recently it has staged concerts by international artists. But it is Rugby and cricket that have built the stadium's reputation. It has been the stage for some of rugby's most memorable encounters for Canterbury and the All Blacks, as well as hosting some of New Zealand cricket's finest moments. In 2009 a major upgrade of the stadium was completed bringing it up to true international standard with a permanent capacity of almost 40,000 and making it New Zealand's second largest stadium. #2011_World_Cup #New_Zealand #Rugby #Stadium_Christchurch
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