One to tick off your bucket list: Staying at Eden Park's Staydium Glamping domes.
The iconic stadium, where Richie played with a broken foot to lead our All Blacks to glory at the Rugby World Cup 2011 final, where we won our first test cricket victory, and where New Zealand continues to break records with our world-beating sports teams, is offering sports fanatics a completely different perspective.
A unique experience, you can now stay overnight at the stadium in two custom-designed glamping domes. This is glamping at its best with luxe furnishings, queen-sized beds, the latest appliances, ensuite bathrooms – and it’s in one of the top spots in the stadium with floor-to-ceiling views.
The domes are located on an elevated platform overlooking the entire field with premium Nood outdoor furniture to experience the atmosphere. For bookings on event days, dedicated premium seating is allocated within the seating bowl to offer the full fan experience.
"There is no more unique way to experience a stadium than staying overnight at one," says Nick Sautner, Eden Park’s Chief Executive Officer.
"It's truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the ultimate Instagrammable experience."
Glamping at Eden Park also gets you a special welcome pack and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the 116-year-old sports ground, including the turf, home team changing rooms and coaches box where you can take Steve Hansen’s hot seat and feel the energy of teams past.
"Sports fans can add a variety of additional experiences to their stay including dinner in the change rooms, photos on the field, a personalised stadium tour by our historian and even a private zipline and rooftop tour," says Sautner.
If you’ve been to Twickenham or MCG for a match, you’ll know finding a place to stay nearby can be complicated – on-site accommodation is rare at sporting venues. In fact, it’s the first of its kind across stadia globally, so much so that venues around the world want to replicate the idea too, says Sautner.
The idea for Staydium Glamping came about after he was looking back at the type of places he's stayed while travelling.
"I’ve had the privilege of experiencing a number of unique and memorable accommodation facilities such as Airstream Caravans and glamping domes around the world. During a weekend away in Rotorua with my wife, we discussed the concept and potential names... My wife said ‘why don’t you put the Stay in Staydium?’ and 24 hours later the logo and website domains were registered."
The domes, which accommodate two guests each, can be booked all year round via Air B n B, whether a match is on or not. Guests can invite friends to the domes – on application.
"Subject to the guest’s request, we can host birthdays and special occasions. In recent years, Eden Park has hosted weddings, gender reveals, engagements and receptions. We have a 45th birthday party planned for early 2020 where guests will host family and friends earlier in the evening and then retire to the comfort of the Staydium Glamping domes. Obviously, differing rates apply."
Sautner says there’s an action-packed agenda at Eden Park coming up.
"In 2021, Eden Park is extremely proud to be hosting Te Matatini, which is a significant biannual kapa haka festival and the pinnacle event for Māori performing arts. 2021 will be a busy year for the stadium as we are also hosting fixtures for the Women’s Cricket World Cup and Women’s Rugby World Cup. The city will also host the America’s Cup and APEC."
Other highlights inlcude the Mitre 10 Cup matches, the Rugby league triple-header, Black Caps vs England T20, and White Ferns vs South Africa ODI. Whether you’re a Kiwi or from further afield, Staydium Glamping is a whole new way to experience the game.