Story: Amateurism and professionalism

Westpac Stadium, 2012

Westpac Stadium, 2012

When a 36,000-capacity stadium opened on Wellington‘s waterfront in 2000, the Australian-owned bank Westpac New Zealand paid for the naming rights. Many of New Zealand's best-known sporting venues carry the names of commercial sponsors, one sign of the increasing commercialisation of sport. Naming rights are for fixed terms – on 1 January 2020, Westpac Stadium became Sky Stadium

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Geoff Watson, 'Amateurism and professionalism - Growth of professionalism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Geoff Watson, published 5 Sep 2013