People are sometimes nostalgic about Athletic Park. Yes, the view from atop the Millard Stand was miraculously good. The seats were so directly above the sideline that if a line-out formed beneath you, you felt like an outrageously tall lock.
But it was also the coldest rugby ground in the world. As a practical joke, it had been designed to form a wind tunnel in a city of sometimes brutal wind. The southerly left Antarctica, side-swiped the Southern Alps and the Kaikoura Ranges, crossed Cook Strait, and went directly up your pants. Locals knew this and arrived wearing so many layers they looked like Russian dolls. But it made no difference. In the entire history of Athletic Park not a single spectator ever reported being warm.