01 April 2021

Massive score for Hamilton to host FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is coming to New Zealand and Hamilton will be part of the football action with Waikato Stadium being announced as one of the host venues for the 2023 tournament.

25 March 2021

Gallagher Chiefs named to face the Blues in Hamilton

Gallagher Chiefs Head Coach Clayton McMillan has named his Gallagher Chiefs team to face the Blues on home soil following their 35-29 win over the Hurricanes last weekend.  

The northern rivalry, proudly sponsored by Waitomo Group, will kick off at 7.

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03 March 2021

Gallagher Chiefs named for their 2021 season opener against the Highlanders

Gallagher Chiefs Head Coach Clayton McMillan has named his first team to take on the Highlanders for their Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa season opener at FMG Stadium Waikato on Friday 5 March at 7. 05pm.

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23 February 2021

Gallagher Chiefs 2021 Co-Captains announced

The Gallagher Chiefs have today confirmed halfback Brad Weber will join All Blacks Captain Sam Cane as co-Captain of the Gallagher Chiefs for 2021. 30-year-old Weber debuted for the Gallagher Chiefs in 2014 and established himself as the Club’s first choice halfback.

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14 December 2020

Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman venues and kick off times finalised for 2021

The Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman 2021 draw has been finalised with the five-week competition kicking off in Dunedin where the Highlanders will host the Queensland Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday, 14 May.

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24 November 2020

Historic first squad for Moana Pasifika unveiled

The colours of Pacific nations Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will come together under the first ever Moana Pasifika squad named by Head Coach Fa’alogo Tana Umaga to play an historic match against the Māori All Blacks next month.

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17 November 2020

Nearly 500 memberships sold in first 24 hours of sale

Gallagher Chiefs fans are grabbing 2021 memberships quickly to secure the best available seats for the 2021 Sky Super Rugby Season.

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16 November 2020

Chiefs Rugby Club launch epic 2021 Membership Sale

The Chiefs Rugby Club have today launched their 2021 Membership sale after all 2021 fixtures were confirmed on Friday last week. The offer includes a unique option to add-on a Waikato Rugby Membership.

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12 November 2020

Māori All Blacks to play Moana Pasifika at FMG Stadium Waikato

The first weekend of December will be massive for international sport in Hamilton with the announcement today of a Māori All Blacks v Moana Pasifika rugby match at FMG Stadium Waikato. The game on Saturday December 5 will kick off at 7.

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10 November 2020

Gallagher Chiefs 2021 draw confirmed for Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa

The Gallagher Chiefs fixtures in Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 have been confirmed with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announcing the draw today.

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29 September 2020

Lighting up in support of our entertainment and events industry

Read about how Hamilton celebrated #WeMakeEventsNZ Day of Action on Wednesday 30 September.

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01 September 2020

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.

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19 July 2020

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.

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15 June 2020

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.

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08 June 2020

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.

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11 May 2020

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.

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07 May 2020

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’.

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15 March 2020

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...

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04 March 2020

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.

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05 February 2020

Chiefs Country Centurion Cup

The Chiefs Rugby Club today have announced the launch of the 2020 Chiefs Country Centurion Cup.

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27 January 2020

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.

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23 January 2020

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.

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20 January 2020

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.

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17 January 2020

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.

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20 December 2019

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.

02 December 2019

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.

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19 November 2019

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.

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30 October 2019

Dig it! Turf project underway at FMG Stadium Waikato

Work to replace the playing surface at Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato is underway.

26 October 2019

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.

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22 October 2019

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).

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10 October 2019

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.

07 October 2019

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.

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10 September 2019

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.

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09 September 2019

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...

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05 September 2019

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).

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04 September 2019

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.

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30 August 2019

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.

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07 August 2019

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...

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31 July 2019


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.

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26 June 2019


Work to install a group of new goal-line corporate suites at Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato will begin on 1 July.

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27 March 2019

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.

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14 March 2019

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.

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05 March 2019

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.

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05 March 2019

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.

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27 February 2019

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.

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27 January 2019

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.

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16 January 2019

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.

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28 November 2018

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.

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25 November 2018

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.

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01 October 2018

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.

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28 August 2018

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.

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10 August 2018

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.

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25 May 2018

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.

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04 February 2018

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.

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30 November 2017

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.

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09 November 2017

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.

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30 October 2017

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.

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26 October 2017

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.

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17 August 2017

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.

Home of Sevens announced
22 May 2017

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.

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10 April 2017

'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.

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02 February 2017

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.

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24 November 2016

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.

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23 November 2016

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.

Chiefs 2017 draw announced
15 November 2016

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
20 July 2016

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.

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19 July 2016

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.

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09 June 2016

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.

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11 April 2016

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.

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24 March 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
10 March 2016

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.

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06 November 2015

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.

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04 November 2015

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.

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30 July 2015

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.

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15 July 2015

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.

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10 July 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.

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03 July 2015

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.

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09 June 2015

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.

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01 May 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.

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01 May 2015

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.

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11 February 2015

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 2015 draw
18 September 2014

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.

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01 May 2014

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!

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Clash of Warriors confirmed
19 December 2013

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).

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06 December 2013

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.

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06 December 2013

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
04 December 2013

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 v England
03 December 2013

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.

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08 October 2013

2014 Super Rugby Draw Released

The Chiefs hope to finalise the venue allocation by the 1st of November 2013.

Hamilton cnfirmed for FIFA U 20
15 August 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.