Story: Wellington region

Athletic Park

Athletic Park

The All Blacks rugby team run onto Athletic Park for the last time in June 1999 to play France (they won 54–7). Located on a windswept plateau in Berhampore, Athletic Park had been the home of Wellington rugby since 1896. Well-known to locals was the open-topped Millard stand, which gave a good view but required fortitude in a southerly storm. With the opening of the waterfront stadium imminent, Athletic Park closed at the end of the 1999 season and its Māori owners (the Wellington Tenths Trust) built a retirement village on the site.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1999/1843/23A
Photograph by Phil Reid

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Sport and leisure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13398/athletic-park (accessed 12 July 2020)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015