Forsyth Barr Stadium

Capacity30 748
10 784 (South stand)
8450 (North stand)
6060 (removable) (East stand)
5220 (removable) (West stand)
Country New Zeland
CityDunedin
ClubsOtago United FC
Inauguration 07.08.2011
Construction 05.2009-07.2011
Cost NZ$ 224.4 million
Design Populous
Contractor Hawkins Construction

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Description: Forsyth Barr Stadium

Sometimes referred to as „The Glasshouse” due to its unique construction. Forsyth Barr Stadium (naming rights deal lasting a decade) is the first stadium in the world that has both permanent roof over the pitch and stands and a natural pitch. The whole design was thought to help enabling the grass to grow. The cladding is translucent, stands and roof are sloped in a way to allow as much sunlight as possible inside. Stands behind goals are temporary and facades are elevated, starting at 5 meters above ground level, providing proper air circulation. Finally all rainfall is collected to be reused for irrigation.

The pioneer concept was done by Populous and the cost of almost NZ$ 200 mln paid by Dunedin municipality along with Otago region, national government, local university and the private sector. First major event was the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Day-to-day tenants are the Otago Rugby Union, rugby team Highlanders and football club Otago United. Concerts and other major events are also among events hosted by the ground despite the care for grass growth.

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