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Apia Park is a multi-function sports complex located in Apia, the capital of Samoa. Primarily used for rugby union events, Apia Park is the home stadium of the Samoa national rugby union team, Manu Samoa. It is also a venue for association football.

Apia Park
LocationApia, Samoa
Coordinates13°50′12″S 171°45′7″W / 13.83667°S 171.75194°W / -13.83667; -171.75194Coordinates: 13°50′12″S 171°45′7″W / 13.83667°S 171.75194°W / -13.83667; -171.75194
Capacity12,000
Construction
Broke ground1924
Renovated2015
Tenants
Samoa national rugby union team

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FacilitiesEdit

The venue consists of a stadium with a capacity of 12,000, a gymnasium, as well as tennis and netball courts.

The Island of Savai'i however calls the Prince Edwards Park, Lalomalava their home stadium.

HistoryEdit

The ground was opened in 1924 in and the first sporting event hosted was the rugby match against Fiji.[1] In 2015, he main stadium area underwent a multi-million tālā facelift by Shanghai Construction Group for the historic match against the All Blacks as part of both teams' preparations for the upcoming World Cup.[2][3]

Events and competitionsEdit

In 2007, Apia Park was one of the main venues for the 2007 Pacific Games, hosting the athletics, table tennis, badminton, lawn bowls, rugby sevens and touch rugby events. The Park will be put to use again for an international event when it hosts the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games, as well as the Games' athletics, rugby league and tennis competitions.[4] The park hosted a test-match between Samoa and Fiji on 8 October 2016, marking the 30th anniversary of rugby league in Samoa. [5] In 2017 Blues and Reds will play a regular season game of Super Rugby for the first time ever.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nauright, John; Parrish, Charles (eds.). Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice. ABC-CLIO. p. 446.
  2. ^ "The year that was". Samoa Observer. December 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Manu Samoa to host All Blacks for historic Apia Test". AllBlacks.com. 14 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Samoa to host 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games", Fiji Daily Post, November 25, 2008
  5. ^ http://www.nrl.com/samoa-to-host-fiji-in-historic-test/tabid/10874/newsid/95676/default.aspx

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