18 Jun 2010

Final farewell for Carisbrook

11:08 am on 18 June 2010

Carisbrook has its final curtain call on Saturday night when the All Blacks play Wales in the final rugby Test at the ground.

A new covered stadium is under construction in Dunedin and should be finished next year in time for the Rugby World Cup.

Saturday night's Test is expected to be emotional for many as they farewell Carisbrook and reflect on its history.

Carisbrook began its days as a cricket ground in the 1870s - indeed its name is derived from a local cricket club.

It's the first and last time Wales will play the All Blacks at Carisbrook.

The All Blacks have lost only five matches at Carisbrook. But those losses include the last two Tests there - against South Africa and France.

The Otago Rugby Union is organising a special closing ceremony and fireworks display after Saturday night's Test.

As for the future use of Carisbrook: Dunedin City Council is yet to make public any plans for its future.