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Westpac Stadium
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Owner description: A modern multi-purpose stadium used for major sporting and entertainment events.
Bali, Indonesia
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“Stadium is good except..”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is an interesting event venue, once you are in the stadium it is great, the views of the field are brilliant from every perspective.

There is a major problem with access to the stadium. Parking is downstairs and you are minutes away from the train station which is excellent however...with the Wellington wind and the often wet weather you are likely to get drenched before you even get into the arena. Take an umbrella, warm coat and raincoat to be prepared. I really dislike the walk to the entrance and have actually paid for a taxi to drive us to the entrance to avoid the bad weather conditions and walking exposed in the open.

Visited October 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Everywhere here gives you a view”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

Watching footy here means you can always see the game and watching Bon Jovi here with the whole arena of 36,000 people singing along was pure magic, its nicknamed the cake tin because it is round and hallow, it is a great venue, recommended

Visited November 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“The AFL’s cooking something in Wellington”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

“Welcome to Wellington. You are now in Saints territory.” I had to do a double take. I was getting off a flight in Wellington, only to have St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt staring me in the face. The large sign strategically placed to ensure everyone knew that Wellington was excited to play host to St Kilda and their Anzac Day rivals Sydney.

I was one of 5000 Aussies who made the pilgrimage to witness the first AFL match played outside of Australia. It seemed like everyone arrived at the same time, with flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane landing within minutes of each other. All that could be seen was a sea of red, white and black.

Everyone was truly coming together, including Anzac compatriots, Aussies and Kiwis. I met up with some friends living in Wellington, who excited and curious for this new footballing concept.
The match was to be played at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Cake Tin’ for its cylindrical shape and metallic exterior. The excitement outside was growing. AFL highlights projected on the Cake Tin’s wall. Anticipation spreading inside, as New Zealand’s national team wins the curtain raiser. The elements are coming together, history about to be made.

The roars of the crowd as the two teams run onto to the ground; the respect shown as Advance Australia Fair is sung by X-Factor winner Samantha Jade; the patriotic pride as 18,000, with Australian Idol Stan Walker, sings God Defend New Zealand; the feeling is electric.

The ball is bounced; the game begins and the match is played at the frantic pace only reserved for Aussie Rules. Nobody has a clue about what is going on, but that doesn’t seem to bother anyone. First time spectator Jared agreed. “I don’t understand too much about what’s going on. It just seems kind of crazy out there but I like it.”

In a tightly contested match, strong marks, super goals and big hits really get the crowd involved. A fourth quarter goal from St Kilda’s Leigh Montagna get the Saints back in the match and the ‘home’ crowd out of their seats, but it’s not enough and Sydney take victory and make history.

Regardless of the outcome, the match is enjoyed by all. Deemed a success, St Kilda will continue to play Anzac Day matches in Wellington for the next five years, allowing those who missed out on this unique experience, another chance.

With history comes tradition, and now a new breed of AFL fans. New convert Ben is now obsessed with AFL and is challenging New Zealand culture. “It’s a lot of fun, with lots of things happening. It’s a much better game than rugby.”

Visited April 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Its time Management stepped up to the Plate”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

We visited for the first home rugby game of the season. Whilst all the seats in the stadium were available 75% of the food and drink outlets were closed and as we were sitting on the wrong side of the stadium had to walk a long way for food and drink. A bloody disgrace especially as Management have been on local radio in recent days saying they are going to improve the atmosphere and experience at the "caketin.

Visited August 2013
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Cambridge, New Zealand
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“Great venue for sports and concerts”
Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Wellington cake tin is a great venue for sports and concerts. All transport is close by and easily accessible. Food is very expensive inside. Views are great. I always enjoy events held at the Cake tin

Visited March 2013
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