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One of the major rugby stadiums in the country, the Waikato Stadium is located in the city of Hamilton, a little north of the city center. The stadium opened in 1925 under the name of, 'Rugby Park', and was operational till 1999, when the stadium was renovated and redeveloped to open as the Waikato Stadium in 2002. This stadium has a total capacity of 25,800 spectators, which is distributed into four sub-venues: the Brian Perry Stand, with a capacity of 12,000, the WEL Networks Stand, with a capacity of 8,000, the Goal Line Terrace with a capacity of 800, and the Greenzone with a capacity of 5,000. Besides rugby matches, the stadium also plays host to a range of cultural events. See the website to know more.
Ever since its opening in 1961, Founders Theatre has served as a hot spot for performing arts in Hamilton. The theater hosts a plethora of events like dramas, comedy shows, concerts and dance shows throughout the year. With a capacity to host more than 1200 spectators at one time, the theater is also the largest of its kind in the city. The theater exudes an old-world charm with its decor and the division of seats into stalls at the front and an elevated circle at the back. The stage still attracts a number of well-known local as well as international performers from time to time. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
The grounds include the Claudelands Green, Claudelands Arena, Conference Centre and Exhibition Centre. Acres of land provide plenty of space for most cultural and major local events.