Rugby World Cup 2011 Venues

New Zealand may only be a relatively small country but they are not short of world class rugby venues for the World Cup to be played at, 13 stadiums have been chosen across both Islands to play host to the games with all the major cities set to feature in the tournament. The main hub for the tournament will be centred round Auckland with two stadiums in the city serving as official venues, with the famous Eden Park the focal point of the Rugby World Cup as it plays host to nine games including the Final.

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Eden Park has gone through an expensive redevelopment in order to host the Rugby World Cup Final as well as eight other games, it was decided that the stadium would be updated rather than build a new stadium all together. Eden Park will become the first stadium to host two Rugby World Cup Finals when it does so in 2011 having also hosted the 1987 version. Another significant venue for the tournament will be the AMI Stadium in Christchurch; the stadium will host seven matches in total but will be known as Stadium Christchurch due to the IRB's advertising rules during the tournament.

The Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin is currently under construction and due to be finished in the nick of time in August, it will have a 30,500 capacity and will host three matches at the tournament. There is a contingency plan in place if the stadium is not ready in time with Carisbrook on stand-by to step in and host the three matches if needed.

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