4 Oct 2011

Dunedin keen to host international rugby matches

6:09 am on 4 October 2011

Dunedin wants to be considered as a host of future international rugby matches.

The South Island city's officials are celebrating the successful end of a month of Rugby World Cup fixtures played in the new Otago Stadium.

At least 20,000 international and New Zealand tourists injected more than $4 million into the region's economy.

The $200 million stadium opened in August and can seat up to 30,000 people.

Deputy Mayor Chris Staynes says the city had almost no problems hosting the World Cup and should now be in line for a Bledisloe Cup Test.

He says in theory, Otago Stadium has too few seats for such a match but the city has shown it can attract tens of thousands of international visitors for a game.

Mr Staynes says the tournament could not have been a better advertisement for Dunedin and the stadium.