Learn the story, feel the passion, experience the legend!
Officially opened to manuhiri (visitors) at Auckland’s Sky City Entertainment Centre on December 2, the exciting new All Blacks Experience is an interactive exhibition that showcases the prowess of New Zealand’s world leading All Blacks national rugby team.
As chief building services, fire design and structural engineers on this project, and with our Design Practice leading the architectural base build and enabling works design, Beca helped bring this concept – a joint venture between New Zealand Rugby and Ngāi Tahu Tourism to life.
The All Blacks Experience guides visitors through a state-of-the-art exhibition space over 45 minute sessions, that gives them the chance to stand in the middle of a rugby field on match day, surrounded by a stadium packed with roaring fans and come face-to-face with a four metre high haka! The journey also includes first hand stories from legends of the game and the chance for members of the public to try out their kicking, catching and lineout skills against today’s best players.
New Zealand’s other national sporting teams haven’t been forgotten either, with the Black Ferns (national senior Women’s rugby team) also represented in the experience.
In commenting on the December 2 launch, Lindon Jackson – Technical Director, Building Services at Beca said “it’s been a real privilege for Beca to be directly involved in bringing to life such an exciting, interactive exhibition that celebrates an important part of New Zealand’s sporting heritage and indeed, our nation’s cultural identity. We hope the Kiwi public will enjoy the All Blacks Experience and it will help give domestic tourism a timely boost in Auckland”.
His thoughts echo those of All Blacks Experience board chair Dame Julie Christie who said prior to the launch “there’s a real sense of excitement and anticipation building because the experience is so unique. New Zealand Rugby began this journey seven years ago and to see it now coming to fruition is amazing.
We can already see what the final space is going to look like and how visitors are going to interact with it and be moved by it, as they come to understand what rugby means to the people and the players in this country… This is another positive step forward for the tourism industry as we collectively adapt to the challenges created by COVID-19.”
Well done to all involved and kia kaha to the All Blacks!