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British & Irish Lions praise QBE Stadium as training venue

Published Thursday 13 July 2017

The touring British & Irish Lions have had high praise for the training venue and surfaces at Regional Facilities Auckland’s QBE Stadium, which they have used for much of their preparation while in New Zealand.

The Lions have had four training stints training at the venue during their tour. They began their New Zealand preparations there at the start of the tour, trained there again ahead of the fixtures against the Blues and the first Test against the All Blacks and they return this week to prepare for the all-important Third Test decider.

“The facilities at QBE Stadium have been superb and the stadium team have been fantastic to work with, creating the right training environment for the coaches and players,” said British & Irish Lions Tour Manager John Spencer.

“The playing surface is top class allowing us to build and prepare for our Tour matches.

“We have appreciated the support of all the Auckland Stadiums team and especially the crew at QBE Stadium who couldn’t have done more to make us feel welcome. We are looking forward to returning there when we are based in Auckland again around the decisive third Test match this Saturday.”

QBE Stadium is operated by Auckland Stadiums, a business division of Regional Facilities Auckland, and is the premier stadium in the northern part of Auckland.

The stadium has recently undergone an upgrade of its outer oval increasing the number and availability of sports training fields to allow more high performance and community sports activity all year round.

This included the creation of an additional field through the re-shaping of the embankments, the use of Desso Playmaster hybrid turf that can handle a much greater level of activity, and the provision of LED floodlights for evening use.

The $2.5 million project includes earthworks, installation of the hybrid turf and LED floodlights. The work is part of the Venue Development Strategy for Auckland, implemented by Regional Facilities Auckland, intended to transform Auckland’s network of stadiums over the short, medium and longer term.

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