Two Rugby League World Cup matches will be held at Mount Smart Stadium in 2017. New Zealand's own rugby league HQ will host the match between New Zealand and Samoa on October 28 and a semi-final on November 25.
Auckland Stadiums Director Paul Nisbet says the two games will underpin Mt Smart Stadium's position as the country's premier rugby league venue.
“We are delighted to host these major RLWC 2017 match-ups and to welcome the world number one-ranked Kiwis back to Mt Smart Stadium.”
Mt Smart Stadium last hosted a rugby league international in 2010 – a clash between New Zealand and Samoa, which was won by the Kiwis.
Since then the Stadium has witnessed many other events ranging from milestone NRL matches for the Warriors to major international music acts and outdoor festivals.
Mr Nisbet said fans attending the RLWC 2017 matches will notice several enhancements which are being introduced at Mt Smart Stadium.
These include upgraded player and media facilities in the Colin Kay Stand; new toilet facilities and food and beverage areas; and a replacement of the existing temporary screens.
“Mt Smart Stadium has proved itself as a versatile venue which continues to attract great sport and entertainment events. It is among the busiest venues not only in the region but across the world for hosting major outdoor music concerts; and maintains excellent turf and facilities to host sports teams including the Vodafone Warriors and the Wellington Phoenix,” Nisbet says.