The stadium is also known as the Wellington Regional Stadium and is often referred to as "The Ring of Fire" by Pheonix supporters.
Due to its rounded external structure with grey colour, it is also regarded as the "The Cake Tin".
Westpac Stadium is one of the most prominent multi-purpose facilities of New Zealand that predominantly hosts cricket and rugby events. It has been built to host ODI cricket events with larger spectators capacity on the ground of Athletic Park as its replacement. The construction work to build the stadium began on 12th March 1998 and it took around two years to host its first official sports event. Other off-field facilities build into the stadium include a campus for the Wellington School of Cricket and New Zealand Institute of Sport.
In 2000, the stadium hosted the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an annual series of military Tattoos that are performed by the British Armed Forces.
It has also served as one of the venues to host the matches of 2015 Cricket World Cup.
The stadium has hosted 2011 Rugby World Cup matches.
Wellington Regional Stadium has hosted a total six rugby league international events including the New Zealand national rugby team since its opening in 2000.