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Old October 29th, 2009, 01:20 PM   #1
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Favourite Rugby Stadiums

mine would probably have to be
suncorp stadium. australia




followed closey by Croke Park, Ireland

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Old October 29th, 2009, 03:19 PM   #2
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How are you defining "rugby" stadia? Croke Park is only a temporary venue - after next year it probably won't see another game. The MCG has hosted a handful of games, but is predominantly an Aussie Rules/cricket venue. Tokyo's Olympic Stadium is hosting a Bledisloe Cup match on Saturday - does that count? What about Wembley?
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Old October 29th, 2009, 03:41 PM   #3
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In no particular order;

Newlands in Capetown


Ellis Park in Jo-burg


Twickenham



Stade de France



Stade de France may be multipurpose rather than Rugby specific but I just think its a really beautiful stadium.

I have a soft spot for Murray Field.

No real sense of emotion for the Australian stadiums like ANZ (Jack of all trades and Sydney fans are the most fickle in the country, SFS (looks good full but field way too long) and Suncorp (would be awesome if suncorp was larger, say 10 000 more seats).
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Old October 29th, 2009, 04:45 PM   #4
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Ellis Park gets my vote.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 07:33 PM   #5
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Old Trafford

It's okay for football, too.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 07:54 PM   #6
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newlands followed by the piley rees (though that isnt really a stadium)
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Old October 29th, 2009, 10:27 PM   #7
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The new Thomond Park in Limerick is, in my opinion, the absolute epitome of perfection for a club rugby stadium:


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Old October 29th, 2009, 11:28 PM   #8
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Twickenham and I'm liking the way Welford Road is shaping up!
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Old October 30th, 2009, 12:39 AM   #9
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The new Thomond Park in Limerick is, in my opinion, the absolute epitome of perfection for a club rugby stadium:


In design terms not a million miles from the main stand at North Harbour stadium on New Zealand's North island.

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Old October 30th, 2009, 08:01 AM   #10
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Suncorp fo sho

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Old October 30th, 2009, 08:02 AM   #11
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Old October 30th, 2009, 01:07 PM   #12
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Surprised no-one has said the Millenium Stadium yet:






I love King's Park in Durban as well:





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Old October 30th, 2009, 04:32 PM   #13
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Surprised no-one has said the Millenium Stadium yet:
I'm not a massive fan of the Millennium Stadium - maybe it's because I was a few rows from the front of the lower tier, which has a ridiculously shallow rake. Every time the action was on our side but at the other end of the pitch, people started standing up to get a better view, which meant other people had to stand, leading to cries of "Sit Down!".

My favourite rugby stadium is (was?) Ballymore, but I was probably influenced by the clement weather and the bloke with a tank of beer on his back...
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Old October 30th, 2009, 08:11 PM   #14
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I love King's Park in Durban as well
Yep.

Kings Park / ABSA stadium gets my vote. Tight ground with incredibly steep stands. I've never been there but I would imagine that it's wonderful for generating an intimidating atmosphere.

I hope it survives after the new Durban stadium is completed. The new stadium has a nice arch but it's more of an athletics stadium than a rugby stadium.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 05:10 AM   #15
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My favourite rugby stadium is (was?) Ballymore, but I was probably influenced by the clement weather and the bloke with a tank of beer on his back...
ive played at ballymore, good stadium to play at
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Yep.

Kings Park / ABSA stadium gets my vote. Tight ground with incredibly steep stands. I've never been there but I would imagine that it's wonderful for generating an intimidating atmosphere.

I hope it survives after the new Durban stadium is completed. The new stadium has a nice arch but it's more of an athletics stadium than a rugby stadium.
yup it is very intimidating and super electric atmosphere.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 09:33 PM   #17
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Here is the United States' 1st rugby-only stadium:


Infinity Park (cap. 5,000), Glendale, Colorado

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Old November 1st, 2009, 12:47 PM   #18
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Have been to a couple of rugby stadiums in my time. My favourite is a bit biased but Fortress Brookvale (Brookvale Oval) in Sydney, home of the Manly Sea Eagles.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 10:32 PM   #19
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Here is one I like, especially for its design :

Montpellier, Stade Yves du Manoir
Home of Montpellier-Herault RC (TOP 14)
Capacity: 12,726 seats / 15,000 with standing areas









The Wallabies at Yves du Manoir
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 02:47 AM   #20
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Here is the United States' 1st rugby-only stadium:


Infinity Park (cap. 5,000), Glendale, Colorado
It's actually a pretty cool little park.

Charlotte has a tiny rugby stadium in Coulwood, but it's used by soccer too to cover the bills so it can't be called rugby only.
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