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Vector Arena, Auckland

(4/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
Vector Arena is a 12,000-seat arena for sports and entertainment events in Auckland, New Zealand. Named for a sponsor, Vector Limited, the arena is located at Quay Park, Parnell, very close to the former Auckland Railway Station. Vector Arena cost around $80 million, and of this sum ratepayers contributed $68 million for the facility to be managed by QPAM, the NZ operator, in New Zealand first big public-private partnership. This runs for 40 years before ownership is transferred to the city.After delays due to construction-related issues, the arena's first concert was Rock Star Supernova on 24 March 2007.The venue has since hosted numerous local and international events, with a full list available from the official website. Vector Arena WebsiteConcerts are organised by various promoters and some events are in house promoted. Concerts organised by Live Nation Australia & New ZealandProblemsDelaysScheduled to open early 2006, this was first delayed towards the end of 2006, when a second opening date was again missed. The delays were apparently due to the Arena's builder, Mainzeal, having various problems with the structure, especially with the roof, where the 120 m main truss had to be strengthened, and where added insulation to waterproof the building against the humid local climate had to be included. In a related issue, extra ventilation also had to be installed to prevent internal humidity build-up during full-capacity events. The construction company reportedly faced huge losses on the project, and planned to sue the architects for partial compensation.
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  • We paid $300 for what we thought would be good seats for the Nick Cave concert last night. What a disgrace. Sound reverberation was shocking, our view was blocked by the Sound Tech desk, multi light c...  more »
  • Watching the amazing Nick Cave at Vector Arena was almost an out of body experience! The man was on fire and the venue was superb. Great vantage from any angle and terrific acoustics. The man himself ...  more »
  • Booked late and could only get seats in the clouds. Couldn't see the entertainer, so basically watched it all on a tv screen. Would have been more comfortable at home. Seats were so bad that if there ...  more »
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  • its a stadium and thats it. food is priced for a prince, seats are small with a lacking for leg room. I'm a short guy and I struggle with comfort.
  • Went to the WWE Live show which was a great atmosphere. That's the only positive...... The security was not respecting the rights of the people under the NZ constitution through our bill of rights during the search they were patting men, women and children down. Physically touching them. This is illegal. I had to stand on my rights and tell the security person not to touch me or my wife. This was after we had been screened with metal detector. The people's presumption of innocence was also violated by this procedure. But the security person respected my rights by allowing myself and my wife to enter without the patt down, so I guess they are aware of the constitutional rights. The food was not cooked- we ordered an overpriced hotdogs and chips. The chips were undercooked and the hotdogs fatty and luke warm. The water was poured from a plastic pump bottle into a coke cup? This unesasary step was holding up the queue of people. The kitchen was undersized for the amount of people attending. Pizzas were coming out burnt. There were no rubbish bins to dispose of waste so we ended up walking through discarded food waste into and out of the show. And during the show. Vector Arena let down the experience by not providing a hospitable environment. The cost of the food is unjustifiable.
  • Venue is ok. Some seats are located behind glass which makes them useless because the lights shine on the glass and you can't see anything.
  • Friendly staff, good food and a good atmosphere, love going. And could people stop talking about the sound system, that is owned and supplied by the band.
  • The entertainment and food there is amazing, can get crowded but is still a lot of fun