Waikato Stadium is the key location for major sporting and cultural events in the Waikato Region. Home to The Chiefs Super Rugby Team, and the Waikato Provincial Rugby Team, the stadium is best known for hosting Rugby games. The stadium has a capacity of 25,800 across 4 stands. The Stadium also plays host to hundreds of corporate functions each year.
Address: Seddon Road, Hamilton 3204
You can also print out Stadium maps from the stadium website
Getting to the Stadium
If attending a function at the stadium, there are car parks on site. Contact your event organiser for details on function parking. However if attending a game please note that many streets are closed off around the park. Match day parking is available at Whitiora School and Beetham Park for a small fee. There is parking in surrounding streets, so see the Google Map below for parking ideas. The stadium is of walking distance from Hamilton CBD.
Free Bus to the Stadium
There is a free bus on match days starting from Hood St opposite the Knox Street car park nearer to the CBD. Event buses will be marked BUSIT, and these are free. The times you can catch these free buses are every 10 minutes starting from a hour before kick off. The buses travel along Victoria, Ulster and Abbotsford Roads. There are many accommodation options on Ulster St so this is a great place to stay, and gain a free bus to the game. Just wait at official bus stop and you can gain a ride.
Would you rather stay close to the stadium? Most tend to stay down the road near the CBD, but if you would rather save the walk, there are a few accommodation options around the venue perimeter. Note that these do book out early, so book ahead of time. Staying close to the stadium is great for avoiding taxis after a big game. See our Waikato Stadium Accommodation section.
Functions at Waikato Stadium
As with most stadiums, there are large areas that can be booked out for corporate functions. Waikato is no different and with 5 levels available there is a space to suit any function. From corporate events to wedding receptions, there is full or part catering is available. Many of the functions spaces have great views of the pitch which add to the atmosphere.
The stadium started life as Rugby Park in 1925 where a single covered stand was home to the local rugby team. The early days saw sell out crowds of up to 13,000 and the first radio broadcast of a rugby match in Hamilton. In the late 1950s, after capacity games with up to 31,000 spectators, the stadium underwent major upgrades with a new grandstand added.
Fast forward to modern times and the stadium received major construction and expansion from 2000-2002. The new facilities were designed to attract more international sporting fixtures and events to Hamilton. It worked and the stadium has been home to events such as NRL games, Lions games, the FIFA U-17 Womens World Cup and the Crusty Demons show. Waikato Stadium was also home to several games during the Rugby World Cup in 2011.
Waikato Stadium Map
You can find more information on the stadium website. Also see the map below to plan your route.
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