Yarrow Stadium Wins National Venue Award

07 December 2016

Taranaki is continuing to be recognised on the national and international stage, with New Plymouth’s Yarrow Stadium last night winning a major venue award.

The stadium took out the Ticketmaster Large Venue of the Year award at the 2016 Entertainment Venue Association of New Zealand awards in Hamilton, edging out big players Eden Park and Hagley Oval for the accolade.

The award recognised venues of more than 5,000 seats that had a clear vision, met their objectives, demonstrated growth and provided visitors and guests with an exceptional experience.

New Plymouth District Council Events and Venues Manager Ron Murray says it was exciting and extremely satisfying to win the award as it recognised all the hard work that had gone into developing and executing a new strategic plan for Yarrow Stadium.

“The team has worked very hard to deliver the plan of being a multi-sport venue that maximises the use of the stadium, as well as optimising the visitor experience and strengthening the connection our local community have with the venue. 

“Looking back on the year, we’ve hosted some amazing events, and as we look ahead, we’ve got plenty more diverse and entertaining events on the calendar to look forward to.”

Throughout 2016, Yarrow Stadium hosted an NRL match between the Vodafone Warriors and Canberra Raiders, the Investec Super Rugby clash between the Chiefs and Sharks, and will this weekend host McDonald’s Super Smash cricket.

Team Taranaki’s home football matches were also hosted at the stadium in 2016, along with six Taranaki Mitre 10 Cup rugby matches, including a semi-final. 

It was also revealed the stadium would host an A-League Football match between the Wellington Phoenix and Western Sydney Wanderers in February, along with extreme sports event Nitro Circus Live, while an Investec Rugby Championship match between the All Blacks and Argentina is being held in September 2017.

However, Mr Murray said it wasn’t just the major events that had contributed to the recognition.

“We also have a number of great function spaces which have been used on a regular basis by organisations for various events, awards, meetings and conferences.

“We must thank both the local community and those who have come in from outside the region, for their continued support of the venue.”

Yarrow Stadium will soon begin developing new hospitality facilities in the Yarrow Stand, which will offer fantastic opportunities for those looking to host events in the future. Work is expected to begin in the New Year.