From small community events to large corporate conferences and trade shows, banquet dinners and even major concerts and sporting events, Eventfinda Stadium is Auckland’s original indoor multi-purpose venue.
With a range of meeting rooms, mezzanine areas and a main stadium area that houses some of the best indoor basketball courts in Auckland as well as netball and badminton courts, Eventfinda Stadium can cater for any type and size of event, and offers affordable.
The Home of Champions
Eventfinda Stadium was first suggested in the 1980s when a group representing various sports including basketball, table tennis, archery, wrestling and gymnastics approached Takapuna City Council about the need for a sports venue in the area.
This led to the formation of the North Shore Events Centre Trust Board in the mid-80s with representatives from basketball and gymnastics making up the bulk of the first trustees. Based on user group specifications an architect drew up initial plans which were estimated to cost around $8million. Unfortunately the economic crash in 1987 meant that funding could not be found, which led to plans being delayed until 1998.
It was not until 1990 that the project really got off the ground with the new North Shore Council agreeing to fund the majority of the work with support from the project’s Trust board and additional funding from Lottery Board and ASB Charitable Trust.
The North Shore Stadium Trust Board oversaw the building project and the North Shore Events Centre opened for the first time in September 1992, operated by the North Shore City Council under the auspices of the Stadium Trust Board. The total cost of the build was $6million with the majority ($4.5million) coming from the Council.
Since then, the NSEC has operated as one of the premier as well as hosting a number of big name bands and sports teams.
In January 1998 the ownership, management, operation and development of the centre were transferred from North Shore City Council to the North Shore Events Centre Trust Board (formerly the North Shore Stadium Trust Board) and in 2010, following the formation of Auckland Council, the NSEC moved under the umbrella of Regional Facilities Auckland.
Over the years, the NSEC has hosted a wide variety of events from The Seekers to Green Day in concert, horse shows, sporting evenings including international netball, basketball and table tennis, dinner banquets, circus events and expos, proving it is truly a multi-purpose venue.
North Shore Events Centre is also proud to be the home of the NZ Breakers basketball team who have played home games at the venue since 2003 including their championship winnings seasons in 2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13 and 2014/15.