2000: Westpac Stadium opening
In early 2000, a $125 million sports arena - the Westpac Stadium - was opened amid great fanfare.
The idea of a multipurpose sports and events stadium for the Wellington region was first proposed in the early 1990s. The stadium was built on disused railway land north of the city, beating out other proposed sites at Lower Hutt and Porirua.
The stadium, affectionately called the 'Cake Tin', is home to the Wellington Hurricanes rugby team. It is also used for international music acts and cricket matches.