Dunedin Stadium (known as the Forsyth Barr Stadium for sponsorship reasons) is a multi-purpose sports stadium that primarily hosts Rugby Union and Football (Soccer). Since opening in 2011, the stadium has been the home of Otago in the National Provincial Championship, with the Highlanders of Super Rugby moving in a year later.
The stadium was built to replace Carisbrook as Dunedin’s main stadium and has has a seated capacity of 30,746 – the East and West Stand areas have removable seating in order to host a variety of events. The stadium is fully covered and was the world’s first permanently enclosed, natural turf stadium lending itself the nickname of ‘The Glasshouse’.
The stadium was officially opened by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key on the 5th August 2011 with the inaugural game being a football friendly match between Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar two weeks later.
The stadium hosted four matches at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in September/October of that year, three featuring England including the 13-9 victory over Argentina. The Highlanders began playing their Super Rugby matches at the Dunedin Stadium in 2012, with the All Blacks playing their first test match against South Africa at the stadium in September 2012.
The New Zealand Warriors have played several NRL matches at the stadium and the first international took place in November 2014, as New Zealand defeated England 16-14 in a Four Nations match.
Seven matches were held at Dunedin Stadium for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the stadium is due to host six group matches at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Tenants: Highlanders (Super Rugby) & Otago (National Provincial Championship)
Tickets at Forsyth Barr Stadium
Tickets to see the Highlanders in Super Rugby are available through their ticketing supplier, Ticketek by clicking here.
Otago Rugby Tickets
Tickets for Otago’s 2023 National Provincial Championship cost $10 for Adults, $5 for Juniors and $20 for a Family of 2 Adults and 2 Juniors. Ticket information for upcoming matches is available on the Otago website here.
Location & Travel to Forsyth Barr Stadium
The Forsyth Barr Stadium is located in the suburb of Dunedin North, approximately 2 kilometres northeast of central Dunedin along Otago Habour on the South Island of New Zealand.
Dunedin International Airport is located 22km southwest of the city and offers regular flights to Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington but does have an international service to Brisbane in Australia. There is no public transport to the airport and the best way of travelling to/from the city is by taxi or shuttle bus.
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Bus lines 14 and 63 run from central Dunedin to the stadium.
There is limited car parking available in the area surrounding the stadium, however there is plenty of free parking around the harbour area with a walking linking the stadium from Wickliffe Street near the corner of Fryatt Street.
From The Octagon in central Dunedin, walking will taking approximately 20 minutes along Anzac Avenue.
Hotels near Forsyth Barr Stadium
Further Information & Events
Last Updated on July 21, 2023 by Sports Tourist