Eden Park is New Zealand's largest and most hallowed rugby stadium. It is the place where the Rugby World Cup began and where New Zealand became the first team to win the Webb Ellis Cup in 1987.
Every year the stadium hosts almost half a million sports fans and patrons who attend rugby matches and other sporting events. Eden Park has been a sports ground since 1900 - the home of Auckland Rugby since 1925 and the Blues since the team’s inception in 1996.
The stadium's proud history boasts some of New Zealand's greatest sporting moments, including the 1950 Empire Games, the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and the 1992 Cricket World Cup. It has also played host to many of Rugby's most famous test matches.
The stadium is currently being redeveloped to a permanent 50,000 seat capacity to give spectators a world-class experience beyond Rugby World Cup 2011. The capacity will extend to 60,000 during Rugby World Cup 2011.
Getting to and from Eden Park
The stadium is conveniently located only four kilometres from the Auckland CBD, with pedestrian lanes providing access from Eden Park to the central city and surrounding suburbs.
Eden Park is well served by arterial road, bus and rail links to the CBD and other parts of Auckland. Kingsland Rail Station is located immediately opposite the stadium while dedicated buses use special stops within walking distance and a purpose built transport facility within the stadium itself. For first-class rugby fixtures at Eden Park, patrons can use their pre-purchased match ticket to ride FREE to the game on specially scheduled buses and trains. For more details visit the public transport website.
Parking restrictions apply around the venue on match days and patrons are encouraged to use public transport; however special shuttles will take patrons to and from Eden Park from remote parking locations. The Shuttle runs at 10 minute intervals in a left hand loop around Sandringham, Balmoral, Mt Eden and New North Roads. For more information on specific routes visit the Eden Park website.