Orangetheory Stadium local naming rights deal



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The local design and commercial construction company Apollo Projects has secured naming rights to the Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, through a new partnership with Venues Ōtautahi.

‘Newsline’ stated that the agreement will be in place from August 1st, 2023 until the end of life of the venue. It will enable Venues Ōtautahi to continue to attract major sporting and entertainment events to the Canterbury region.

Christchurch, Canterbury (New Zealand)-based Apollo Projects are experts in commercial construction design and build projects throughout New Zealand across all types of building projects.

The 18,000-capacity Orangetheory Stadium is a rugby football stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was formerly called the AMI Stadium, and before that, the Addington Showgrounds.

Ōtautahi’s premiere venues are an iconic part of the City of Christchurch – spaces for connection, celebration, entertainment, and trade. From the historic to the contemporary, each has something unique to offer, and each plays a vital role of supporting Christchurch’s social, cultural and economic wellbeing. Operated with the community in mind, these are spaces for all people, young and old, to create memories, discover and grow, and look to the future, together.

Commented Caroline Harvie-Teare, Venues Ōtautahi Chief Executive, “It is with great pleasure that we announce Apollo Projects as our naming rights partner for the Stadium in Addington. Both Apollo Projects and Venues Ōtautahi are proudly local, take a community-centric approach to how we do business and are aligned in wanting to deliver the best outcomes for a region we are so proud of. The Apollo Projects has an outstanding reputation for delivering state-of-the-art projects and is known for its commitment to sustainability. The company’s values align closely with Venues Ōtautahi’s commitment to social and environmental sustainability and taking a role in contributing positively to the social fabric of the region.”

‘Newsline’ further quoted Harvie-Teare as stating that the Apollo Projects Stadium will continue to serve as a vibrant hub for sporting events, concerts and community gatherings, solidifying its position as a cornerstone of entertainment in the South Island.

Put in Paul Lloyd, Apollo Projects Director-cum-head honcho, “The Apollo Projects are incredibly proud to become the naming sponsor for the stadium and look forward to all the positive outcomes that this support will bring. At Apollo our purpose is ‘building communities’ and with the sponsorship it will unlock opportunities to enable people that otherwise would not have the means to attend to experience live rugby union.”

The stadium is home to the Super Rugby team Crusaders and the Canterbury Rugby Football Union.

The Crusaders are a New Zealand professional rugby union team based in Christchurch, who competes in the Super Rugby competition. They are the most successful team in the competition’s history and have won 12 titles as well as two regionalized titles in 2020 and 2021. The Orangetheory Stadium serves as their home ground.

The Canterbury Rugby Football Union is the governing body for rugby union in a portion of the Canterbury region of New Zealand. Its colors are red and black in a hooped design.

Other events held over the past year include the performances of the British singer Elton John, the American rapper Snoop Dogg, the New Zealand pop rock band SIX60, All Blacks (New Zealand national rugby union team) versus the Argentina national rugby union team, Football Ferns (New Zealand women’s national football team) versus the South Korea national rugby union team, and the National Rugby League team New Zealand Warriors versus the National Rugby League Melbourne Storm (Australia).

The next upcoming major event is the American rock band Foo Fighters concert on January 24th, 2024.

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