Lighting up in support of our entertainment and events industry
Read about how Hamilton celebrated #WeMakeEventsNZ Day of Action on Wednesday 30 September.
Olympic sevens preparations continue as 2021 HSBC New Zealand Sevens called off
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has reaffirmed its commitment to the All Blacks and Black Ferns Sevens Tokyo Olympic Games preparations after organisers made the decision to call off the 2021 HSBC New Zealand Sevens.
FMG Stadium Waikato History Wall celebrates local sport, community and culture
An interactive 84-metre display wall celebrating the 100-year rich history of FMG Stadium Waikato was officially opened at 1. 15pm today by Hamilton Mayor, Paula Southgate.
FMG Stadium Waikato kicks off events with Gallagher Chiefs v Blues
This Saturday’s Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the Gallagher Chiefs and the Blues will be a significant one for Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato. The game kicks off at 7.
World first for Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa
Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa will be the first professional rugby competition in the world to have fans return en-masse in the Covid-19 era when the competition kicks off in Dunedin on Saturday.
Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa ready to kick off in June
Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa will kick off next month following today’s announcement that the country will move to COVID-19 Alert Level Two on Thursday.
Gallagher Chiefs welcome return of New Zealand Investec Super Rugby
The Chiefs Rugby Club has welcomed the Government’s announcement today for professional rugby and netball to resume at Covid-19 Alert Level Two. The highly anticipated return for Investec Super Rugby will commence as ‘Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa’.
Statement: Suspension on Super Rugby
Following a SANZAAR Executive Committee (EXCO) teleconference in response to the announcement by the New Zealand Government that all returning travellers will have to self-isolate for 14 days, including Super Rugby players, SANZAAR believes it has no option but to suspend the 2020 Super Rugby tournament at the conclusion of...
Go beyond the gates of FMG Stadium Waikato for fun, free community event
FMG Stadium Waikato is opening its gates to the public so Hamiltonians can explore the venue and play on our home turf at a fun, free community event on Saturday 28 March from 10am to 2pm.
Chiefs Country Centurion Cup
The Chiefs Rugby Club today have announced the launch of the 2020 Chiefs Country Centurion Cup.
Great river city comes to the party for weekend of rugby
Hamilton’s third performance on the Sevens world stage has seen another stellar weekend of sport in the city. The city’s FMG Stadium Waikato hosted the HSBC New Zealand Sevens over 25 and 26 January.
Sevens in Wonderland
CAPTION: (L-R) Front: Tim Mikkelson (All Blacks Sevens) and Sarah Hirini (Black Ferns Sevens) hold the respective HSBC New Zealand Sevens men's and women's trophies. The respective men's and women's HSBC World Sevens Series trophies are on the HSBC plinths.
Sevens party kicks off with free breakfast in Garden Place
The HSBC New Zealand Sevens is turning 21 and Hamilton is buzzing as teams, supporters and media from across the world arrive for the party.
New turf blessed ahead of action-packed Sevens weekend
A blessing led by Hamilton City Council Kaumatua Tame Pokaia this afternoon marked the completion of a $1. 3M turf renovation at FMG Stadium Waikato.
HSBC New Zealand Sevens draw announced
Pivotal pool matches await the Black Ferns Sevens and All Blacks Sevens teams on day one of the hotly anticipated 2020 HSBC New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton on January 25-26.
All Blacks 2020 Test schedule announced
A new era for the All Blacks will kick off at Auckland’s Eden Park in 2020 in the first of six home Test matches for a new-look All Blacks coaching team.
Stars set to rock Hamilton Sevens weekend
Mitch James and Sons of Zion have been announced as the headline acts for the 2020 HSBC New Zealand Sevens 21st birthday celebrations as Hamilton gets set for a wicked weekend of music and rugby next January.
Dig it! Turf project underway at FMG Stadium Waikato
Work to replace the playing surface at Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato is underway.
Tongan Invitational XIII topple Great Britain Rugby League Lions in boil-over in Hamilton
The Great Britain Rugby League Lions returned to International Rugby League for the first time in 12 years, but it was the Tongan Invitational XIII who won 14-6 in front of a passionate crowd in Hamilton.
Kava Ceremony Welcomes Tonga Invitational XIII to Hamilton
Clad in their red, waving their flags, and singing popular national songs, more than 500 members of Hamilton’s Tongan community welcomed their rugby league heroes to the city last night (Monday 21 October).
Powerhouse Tonga Invitational XIII Squad Confirmed for GB Lions Tour and Oceania Cup
Jason Taumalolo, Andrew Fifita, David Fusitua, William Hopoate and Daniel Tupou headline a full-strength Tonga Invitational XIII squad that will contest the forthcoming Oceania Cup and take on the touring Great Britain Rugby League Lions in Hamilton on October 26.
With a Little League Luck
Ask 34-year-old James Graham how he’s endured 16 years of high-impact collisions in professional rugby league, and his answer is surprisingly short. “It’s a bit of luck really, mate,” says the Englishman, on the line from his home in Sydney.
Gallagher Chiefs 2020 draw confirmed along with earlier kick off times
Fan-friendly early kick-off times in New Zealand are the feature of the 2020 Investec Super Rugby draw announced by Sanzaar today.
Tickets on sale as HSBC NZ Sevens prepares for 21st birthday party in Hamilton
• Exciting new tournament format with no Cup quarterfinals
• Historic women’s tournament to feature 12 teams
• Two-day tickets from $20 for kids, $107 for adults
New Zealand Rugby is inviting sevens fans to celebrate a 21st Birthday party like no other with tickets to the 2020 HSBC New Zealand...
Match Day Arrangements For All Blacks v Tonga
Free public transport, parking for e-scooters, a festival curtain raiser and an afternoon kick-off are key features of the All Blacks vs Tonga match in Hamilton this Saturday (7 September).
Latu stepping out on to familiar turf
When he got the call inviting him to be part of the festival match curtain raiser at FMG Stadium Waikato this weekend, former Tongan rugby captain Nili Latu didn’t hesitate.
Goal-line corporate suites set to host this weekend
The Chiefs Rugby Club goal-line corporate suites at FMG Stadium Waikato will host their first corporate guests this weekend when Waikato take on Auckland in their Mitre 10 Cup fixture on Saturday at 7. 35pm.
Hamilton to host star-studded curtain raiser
• Pacific Legends to play NZ Barbarian Legends before All Blacks-Tonga Test
• Match to raise awareness of diabetes and obesity epidemic
• Sir Michael Jones and Tana Umaga to coach teams
• Midday match to be televised live on SKY Sport
Carlos Spencer and DJ Forbes will be among a...
HAMILTON THE DESTINATION FOR THE CLASSIC KIWI “RUGBY ROADIE”
Round up the family, pile into the car and head to Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato on a classic Kiwi “rugby roadie”. The city’s world-class stadium hosts the All Blacks final home game of the season, on 7 September, when they take on Tonga.
WORK TO START ON NEW CORPORATE SUITES AT FMG STADIUM WAIKATO
Work to install a group of new goal-line corporate suites at Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato will begin on 1 July.
FMG Stadium Waikato Named New Zealand's 'BEST VENUE'
Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato was crowned ‘Best Venue’ at the 2018 New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) Awards last night.
Hamilton gains extended run with HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series event
Hamilton will continue to be the host city for the New Zealand leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with the 2020 event expanded to include a full women’s tournament.
Tonga, British Lions set to clash in league international in Hamilton
Hamilton will host a titanic cross-cultural international rugby league clash this October when the Great Britain Rugby League Lions play Mate Ma’a Tonga at FMG Stadium Waikato as part of a bumper year for the sport.
Great Britain Rugby League Lions and Oceania Cup Announced
The highly-anticipated rematch between the New Zealand Kiwis and Mate Ma'a Tonga in June in Auckland kicks off a blockbuster year of International Rugby League that also sees the return of the Great Britain Rugby League Lions.
Draws Unveiled for 2019 Mitre 10 Cup
Provincial pride takes centre stage in August with the 2019 Mitre 10 Cup and Mitre 10 Heartland Championship draws being announced today by New Zealand Rugby. The competitions see four trophies, one Ranfurly Shield, 26 Unions and more than 130 matches across 12 captivating weeks.
Hamilton celebrates second Sevens success
Hamilton’s second performance on the world’s Sevens rugby stage has been a success. The city’s FMG Stadium Waikato hosted the HSBC New Zealand Sevens over 26 and 27 January, culminating with Fiji claiming the men’s trophy late this evening – the team’s second title in Hamilton.
Kick off HSBC NZ Sevens weekend in Garden Place
Sevens fans can start their HSBC NZ Sevens weekend in Hamilton with a bang by attending the Kick-Off Carnival in Garden Place on Friday, 25 January from 4. 30pm - 6.
H3 Venue Manager named country’s top Operations Manager
Ben Slatter, Venue Manager for FMG Stadium Waikato and Seddon Park, took out a top accolade at the Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) Awards in Auckland last night.
Game on! Hamilton set to host All Blacks ahead of Rugby World Cup campaign
Hamilton will host a one-off rugby Test between the world champion All Blacks and Tonga next year ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019. Three-time Rugby World Cup winners the All Blacks will clash with Tonga on Saturday 7 September 2019 at FMG Stadium Waikato.
Drax Project to play at 2019 NZ Sevens
International breakout band Drax Project are set to light up the 2019 HSBC New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton in January ensuring the action is as hot off the field as on it during the two-day festival.
Black Ferns Sevens to play in Hamilton
New Zealand’s world champion Black Ferns Sevens will play in front of their home fans in the new year with the addition of a four-team women’s Fast Four tournament to the 2019 HSBC New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton.
Nitro Circus to returns to FMG Stadium Waikato
Nitro Circus is returning to New Zealand next year, including one show at FMG Stadium Waikato on Sunday, 10 March 2019. It will be the first time since 2015 that Nitro Circus has performed in Hamilton.
Chiefs announce corporate boxes project for FMG Stadium Waikato
The Chiefs Rugby Club has been given the go-ahead by Hamilton City Council to add 14 new corporate boxes to Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato as the Investec Super Rugby Club looks to boost hosting capacity for its home games.
Hamilton's NZ Sevens debut a success for the city
Hamilton has made a hugely positive impression in its debut on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit.
Gate 1 upgrade underway at FMG Stadium Waikato
Improvements to FMG Stadium Waikato’s Gate 1 are underway. Gate 1 is on the Tristram St side of the stadium, and one of its busiest access points.
Hamilton gears up for second slice of rugby league history
Sports fans get a second chance to experience the energy, passion and excitement of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 in Hamilton this weekend.
Hamilton adds Pasifika flavour to Rugby League World Cup 2017
Hamilton’s historic hosting of international rugby league will come with a distinct Pasifika vibe. Waikato Stadium hosts two matches as part of Rugby League World Cup 2017, the first of them this Saturday (4 November) when Tonga play Samoa in a clash of two Pacific Island neighbours.
HSBC New Zealand Sevens the hottest ticket for summer
With exactly 100 days to go until kick-off, the HSBC New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton has sold out, with the 23,600 seater FMG Stadium Waikato now at capacity.
Women's match added to Hamilton's RLWC2017 experience
Fans attending the first of Hamilton’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) matches will get extra value for money with a representative women’s game added ahead of the Samoa-Tonga match.
New Zealand’s home of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series announced
Hamilton – a city with a proud rugby heritage – will be the home of the New Zealand leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for 2018 and 2019.
'Feast Above The Field' gives buyers a taste of Waikato
A group of buyers got to dine in the best seats in the house during an intimate dinner at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday night.
Hamilton ticket-buyers warned to avoid re-seller websites
Ticket buyers are warned to use caution, as some websites are on-selling tickets to Hamilton events at inflated prices.
Vodafone Warriors vs St George Illawarra Dragons confirmed
The Vodafone Warriors will start an NRL campaign at Mount Smart Stadium for the first time in eight years after today being handed back-to-back season-opening home games in 2017.
Vodafone Warriors taking home game to Hamilton
Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato is to host a Vodafone Warriors NRL home game for the first time next season.
Gallagher Chiefs 2017 Investec Super Rugby draw and venues confirmed
The Gallagher Chiefs will open their 2017 Investec Super Rugby campaign with three action-packed New Zealand derbies.
New meeting packages launched at FMG Stadium Waikato
Organising a meeting or conference just got a lot easier, with the launch of new ‘day delegate’ packages at Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato. The packages are suitable for groups from 15 to 350, and start from just $46 +gst per person.
Hamilton confirmed as Rugby League World Cup 2017 host city
Hamilton will be a host city for the Rugby League World Cup 2017. Organisers today announced the match schedule for the 14-team tournament, which will be played across New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea in November 2017.
Hamilton scores Phoenix A-League fixture
Hamilton's FMG Stadium Waikato is set to host the Wellington Phoenix in December in the team's first competitive A-League football match in the city.
FMG Stadium Waikato kicks off Convene with unique dining experience
A group of buyers had a dining experience ‘out of left field’ when they visited Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato ahead of Convene 2016.
Second big screen installed at FMG Stadium Waikato
Fans heading to this weekend's Gallagher Chiefs Super Rugby match will see a new addition to FMG Stadium Waikato – a second big screen.
Mitre 10 Cup 2016 draw released
The 2016 draws for the renamed Mitre 10 Cup (formerly ITM Cup) and Mitre 10 Heartland Championship have been released by New Zealand Rugby today. Both competitions are set to kick off in August under the flag of new title sponsor Mitre 10.
Chiefs 2016 venues confirmed
The Gallagher Chiefs will play the BNZ Crusaders in Fiji at ANZ Stadium, Suva on Friday 1 July 2016 in their Round 15 Investec Super Rugby match.
Wales makes welcome return to FMG Stadium Waikato
Hamilton rugby fans will get a chance to welcome the Wales rugby team back to the city next year when the Six Nations side plays a match against the Gallagher Chiefs.
FMG granted naming rights for Waikato Stadium
Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker has welcomed a new naming rights sponsorship agreement for Waikato Stadium. The agreement, announced today, will see FMG (Farmers Mutual Group) hold naming rights for the stadium for the next 10 years, with an option to extend the arrangement for a further five years.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup announces catering awards
Some of the world’s greatest emerging football talent may now have returned home to receive the accolades in their home nations but here in New Zealand the final awards are being given out for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015.
Lions on the menu as fans set for feast of rugby in 2016 and 2017
An unprecedented schedule of 20 matches over two years, including a 10 match series against the British & Irish Lions, has been announced by New Zealand Rugby today. Eight cities throughout New Zealand have been confirmed to host the matches following an open tender process.
Hamilton Turf Manager heads to Apia for All Blacks preparation
H3’s Turf Manager Karl Johnson has returned to Apia, Samoa, to assist with preparation for the Pacific Island nation’s historic hosting of the All Blacks Test later this month.
Waikato Stadium set for football history
Sports fans are being urged to don their whites and “whiteout” Hamilton’s Waikato Stadium this Thursday for the Junior All Whites’ crucial match in the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015.
Five Nations of Football for Hamilton and Waikato
Five international U-20 football teams, including New Zealand, will ply their trade in Hamilton and Waikato this month as part of the lead-up to the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 New Zealand.
Waikato’s 2015 ITM Cup draw released
Waikato will open their 2015 ITM Cup campaign at home against last year’s Premiership finalists Tasman on Friday 14 August. A Ranfurly Shield challenge is also on the schedule, should Hawke’s Bay still be the holders, on Friday 9 October at McLean Park in Napier.
Latin football flair set to light up Waikato Stadium
Latin footballing flair will light up Waikato Stadium’s turf this winter, with Portugal, Uruguay and Colombia all set to play in Hamilton during the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.
Chiefs Draw for 2015 season
The Investec Super Rugby draw is out and features an extensive regional approach for the Chiefs, providing a large amount of fans in Chiefs country the opportunity to see their team play live.
Bulldogs vs Warriors - Three weeks to go until the Hamilton game!
With just three weeks until Australia’s Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs take on New Zealand’s Warriors in Round 10 of their ‘home’ game at Hamilton's Waikato Stadium on Sunday, 18 May, fans from all around NZ and Australia are getting ready to visit the ‘Tron’ for a wild Waikato weekend!
With the Bulldogs on...
Clash Of The Warriors’ Confirmed For Home Of The Chiefs
History will be created with a ‘Clash of the Warriors’ when the NRL’s Vodafone Warriors take on Super League’s Wigan Warriors at the home of the Chiefs in Hamilton on February 12 next year (7. 30pm kick-off).
Waikato Stadium to Host Northern Region Sevens Tournament
Waikato Rugby Union will host this year’s Northern Region Sevens Tournament at Waikato Stadium on Saturday 14 December with nine spots at the national tournament up for grabs.
2014 Chiefs Jersey Dresses Up Fairfield Bridge
In conditions more like the rugby season than the start of the New Zealand summer, a giant version of the 2014 Chiefs rugby jersey was unveiled on Hamilton’s Fairfield Bridge this morning.
Bulldogs to play in Hamilton, New Zealand
Following today’s unveiling of the 2014 NRL season draw the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are pleased to announce that they’ll be taking their Round 10 ‘home’ game on Sunday, 18 May to Waikato Stadium, Hamilton where they will take on the New Zealand Warriors at 4pm (2pm AEST). With 1.
Waikato to Host All Blacks vs England
New Zealand Rugby today confirmed the full schedule of six inbound Tests for 2014 which includes an All Blacks versus England Test at Waikato Stadium in June.
2014 Super Rugby Draw Released
The Chiefs hope to finalise the venue allocation by the 1st of November 2013.
Hamilton confirmed for FIFA Under 20 World Cup
With just under two years until kick off in the first match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015, FIFA and the New Zealand Football Local Organising Committee (LOC) have confirmed that Hamilton will play a significant role in the tournament.