Rugby Park Stadium is a rugby union venue and home ground for ITM Cup team Southland. Rugby Park Stadium is located on the corner of Elles Road and Tweed Street in Invercargill. The gound has a regular season capacity of 18 000. It has a safe temporary seating maximum capacity of 20,000 (although in former incarnations has accommodated up to 30,000 with large grass banks and concreted standing terraces). An agreement with the Invercargill City Council saw surplus land on the ground used to build the city's new Swimming Complex.
The pitch was moved geographically towards the main stand, squared off to Rugby field dimensions (originally a quasi-cricket ground), with all weather seating installed. The Pitch itself was also weather proofed with a new high volume drainage system installed. The main stand was fully rebuilt in 2002 with better player facilities and corporate boxes. Floodlighting towers to full HDMI TV standards were also installed. Temporary seating was added in 2010 for the 2010 ITM Cup this allowed a crowd of just on 20 000 to attend the first major defence of the Ranfurly Shield against Otago on August 7, this seating remained in place until the Rugby World Cup games in 2011.
Invercargill City Council has taken over ownership of the ground since 2004 with the Southland Rugby Football Union as main tennant. The Highlanders play occasionally at Rugby Park drawing large crowds. The football (soccer) team Spirit FC also play at Rugby Park Stadium. Many local events are held at rugby park as well.