11 Sep 2011

Cup fans praise Dunedin stadium

5:47 am on 11 September 2011

Rugby fans are praising Dunedin's new stadium after the city's first World Cup match passed without serious incident.

England beat Argentina 13-9 in the match on Saturday night, which was the first major international fixture at the $200 million venue.

Some among the sell-out crowd of 26,000 reported slow drinks queues, overly zealous ticket inspectors and a lack of scoreboards.

But after the game, many others praised the stadium's covered roof, the design and the facilities.

Police say they were pleased with the crowd's behaviour, although they had to make five arrests.

They say traffic flows may have to be reviewed, but things largely went as had been hoped.

St John Ambulance treated 13 people for minor complaints.