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The 10 stadiums being used for the Women’s World Cup

AFP Sport visits the 10 stadiums which will host matches of the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Stadium Australia, Sydney (83,000 capacity)

The tournament’s main venue – also known as the Olympic Stadium after being built as the centerpiece of the 2000 Sydney Games – will host the opening-day match between Australia and Ireland on July 20 and the final a month later.

Located in the city’s west, it is the home ground for National Rugby League clubs Canterbury Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs, and has hosted countless major sporting events since it opened in 1999.

Sydney Football Stadium (42,500)

This brand-new facility at Moore Park was completed last year to replace the aging Allianz Stadium on the same site, which has hosted a sports ground since 1903.

Next to the famous Sydney Cricket Ground, it is regularly used for football, rugby league, rugby union and as a concert arena. Six games will be played here.

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (25,000)

Also known as AAMI Park, the venue is in a precinct that also includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Park, venue of the Australian Open tennis.

Within walking distance of the city center, it will host six matches including Australia’s heavyweight Group B finale with Canada.

Brisbane Stadium (52,500)

Currently known as Suncorp Stadium and formerly Lang Park, it is Brisbane’s major sporting and entertainment hub.

Nicknamed “The Cauldron”, it will host eight games including a quarter-final and the third-place play-off, with European champions England kicking off their campaign here against Haiti.

Perth Rectangular Stadium (20,000)

A stone’s throw from the Swan River, this state-of-the-art stadium used to be oval-shaped but is now the city’s only rectangular venue and home to A-League club Perth Glory.

The Group D battle between Denmark and Asian champions China kicks off the action on July 22 with four other games to follow.

Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (15,000)

The home of football in South Australia since 1960, the ground has undergone major surgery to bring it up to scratch for the tournament, including a new roof on the eastern stand.

It has hosted countless A-League games and was a key venue for the 2000 Sydney Olympics football tournament. Five matches will be played here across four groups, and one round-of-16 clash.

Eden Park, Auckland (50,000)

New Zealand’s national stadium has been home to cricket and rugby for more than 100 years and witnessed many memorable moments, including the 1987 and 2011 Rugby World Cup finals.

The tournament’s opening match between New Zealand and Norway will be here. The hallowed ground will host nine games in total, including a semi-final.

Wellington Stadium (34,500)

On the banks of New Zealand’s Wellington Harbor and also known as Sky Stadium, it was opened in 2000 and is the home of Super Rugby club Wellington Hurricanes.

It will host nine games including a quarter-final, plus a blockbuster group clash between the United States and the Netherlands in a re-run of the 2019 final, which the Americans won 2-0.

Dunedin Stadium (30,000)

Bordering New Zealand’s stunning Otago Harbor, it is recognized as the world’s first fully enclosed natural turf stadium.

Opened in 2011 and also known as Forsyth Barr Stadium, it is home to Super Rugby side Otago Highlanders and will host six games, starting with the Philippines against Switzerland on July 21.

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton (25,000)

The spiritual home of rugby in the New Zealand North Island city of Hamilton, it hosted two of the inter-confederation play-offs in February.

A short walk from the city center, the ground will stage five games, starting with the Group C meeting between Zambia and 2011 champions Japan on July 22.

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