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Rugby crowd at Carisbrook, 1930 (2nd of 3)

Rugby crowd at Carisbrook, 1930

Despite bad weather, 28,471 people crowded into Carisbrook on 21 June 1930 for the first rugby test between the All Blacks and the British Lions. At that time the ground still had few grandstands and the spectators were forced to stand close together and depend on umbrellas for protection from the snow. The gate takings of £4,441 were a record for a match in New Zealand up to that time. Many must have left disappointed, as the Lions won 6–3, although they lost the subsequent three tests.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: Otago Witness, 1 July 1930, p. 41

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Jock Phillips, 'Sports venues - The first city sports grounds, 1850 to 1914', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013