Despite these initial concerns, the Wellington Regional Stadium has persevered to become a beloved, prosperous part of the city's identity. The Stadium took nearly two years to complete and had a final cost of $130 million. Wellington City Council and its ratepayers contributed $15 million of this cost, and the Greater Wellington Regional Council provided an additional $25 million. The remaining funding came from fundraising, loans, donations, and grants.
In the Stadium’s first twenty years an estimated 2.4 million people have travelled to Wellington for events, contributing millions of dollars to our region’s economy. The success of the Stadium far exceeded the 1996 profit forecasts, with the 2011 Rugby World Cup bringing in an estimated $94 million into the Wellington region.
The Stadium made history as the world’s first purpose-built modern cricket and rugby stadium and has 34,500 seats. Since its official opening on 3 January 2000, it has welcomed over 11,000,000 fans, played host to numerous high-profile events including the Rugby World Cup 2011 and Cricket World Cup 2015, large scale exhibitions including the annual beer festival Beervana, and concerts by some of the world's biggest musicians. On 2 March 2019, the Stadium drew a crowd of 46,474 for Eminem's Rapture concert, a record recently beaten by the 48,000-person attendance of Ed Sheeran’s + - = ÷ x tour in February 2023.