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Dunedin will host the only South Island rugby test next year, on July 18, against Scotland.
The Scots’ first match at the stadium will also be their first against the All Blacks on New Zealand soil in 20 years.
Dunedin Venues says the last All Blacks test in the city, against France in 2018, gave the city’s economy a $10million boost.
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan described the announcement as ‘‘fantastic’’, and an endorsement of the city’s ability to host big events.
‘‘It’s really big for the hospitality and accommodation sectors, in what is traditionally their lowest point of the year.
‘‘It gives them a nice wee bump.’’
For some businesses, an event like that could be the difference between keeping the doors open and shutting, he said.
Dunedin Venues chief executive Terry Davies said they were ‘‘absolutely thrilled the All Blacks would be taking on Scotland under the roof.
‘‘It will be terrific to welcome Scotland for their first appearance at the stadium and we would anticipate a full house, as southern fans last had international rugby in June 2018.
‘‘With it being the only South Island international, we would encourage fans to get in quick when tickets go on sale next year.’’
Enterprise Dunedin director John Christie said the city was ‘‘delighted’’ to be hosting the match, ‘‘especially given our proud Scottish heritage and the ongoing cultural and business links with our sister city, Edinburgh’’.
‘‘This match will provide an opportunity to showcase our renowned southern hospitality to visiting rugby fans and share our beautiful ‘Edinburgh of the South’ with them.”