Carisbrook - the Highlanders

07:40, Feb 12 2011
HOME: Carisbrook is shaping as the Crusaders' new "home" if they host a Super finals match.

Carisbrook, dubbed 'The House of Pain' by visiting teams, is bowing out mid-way through this year's Super 15 competition.

The historic ground, home to the Highlanders and the domestic Otago team, was first developed in the 1870s but the first international rugby match did not take place here until 1908. The All Blacks have played every major rugby-playing nation at Carisbrook, with their last-ever match at the ground a decisive 42-9 victory over Wales in 2010.

Carisbrook has earned a reputation for having a unique atmosphere, thanks in part to the often-rowdy students who have made up many of its spectators. The 'Scarfies' as they are known, congregate on the ground's open concrete terraces, where in the past they have provided as much entertainment as the sporting event itself.

This will all change later this year, when the focus moves from Carisbrook to Forsyth Barr stadium, a newly constructed covered venue in north Dunedin. The new ground is expected to host three 2011 Rugby World Cup matches.

Dunedin is New Zealand's southern-most city and has a population of around 120,000. It was founded by Scottish settlers in 1848 and is renowned for being a little piece of Edinburgh down under. 


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