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The Supreme Pontiff comes to town

The Supreme Pontiff comes to town

In November 1986 the Supreme Pontiff completed an extensive Pacific Pilgrimage, involving Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. Pope John Paul II flew i...
The Cycling Capital of New Zealand

The Cycling Capital of New Zealand

Christchurch has always been the cycling capital of New Zealand. The first record of a ‘velocipede’ was recorded in 1869, and by the late 1870’s th...
Build it and they will come...

Build it and they will come...

Whilst Christchurch debates the size of the new stadium we thought we would present some historical facts around crowd sizes. The sell-out of All B...
The Missed Generation

The Missed Generation

Lancaster Park (the field, not the stadium) hosted the All Blacks 48 times in test matches between 1913 and 2010. Since then the number of test mat...
The attitude that inspired Olympic success

The attitude that inspired Olympic success

The famous German world record holder Dr. Otto Peltzer visited Lancaster Park, with a young athletic protégé, for a race meeting in 1930. He was he...
An incredible range of sporting firsts

An incredible range of sporting firsts

Lancaster Park played host to a disproportionate amount of cricket and rugby firsts, for both men and women. Men’s cricket recorded a triumvirate: ...
The Day the Music Died

The Day the Music Died

Alongside the incredible array of sporting memories over 130 years there was a halcyon period when huge music concerts came to town. Over a 25-year...
Feature from We Are Canterbury

Feature from We Are Canterbury

Seeing the current state of the once glorious Lancaster Park, a place where many Canterbury sporting dreams and memories were created can often sti...
An eclectic mix of sports and events

An eclectic mix of sports and events

Lancaster Park provides the most broad and varied history of any sports stadium in the country. It includes an eclectic mix of sports and events ov...
Tragic story of Captain Lorraine

Tragic story of Captain Lorraine

One of the more unusual stories from the history of Lancaster Park is the tragic story of David Mahoney (Captain Lorraine), the famous parachuting ...
Establishment of harness racing

Establishment of harness racing

The rich history of Lancaster Park is intertwined with the formation of many sports clubs, including the establishment of formal trotting clubs in ...
Our Top Sporting Memory

Our Top Sporting Memory

A 23-year old Peter Snell comes to Lancaster Park to attend the AGFA international athletics meeting on 3rd February, 1962. A week prior he had set...