Stadium reverts to Mt Smart

The New Zealand Warriors' rugby league ground has had a name change, reverting from Ericsson Stadium to Mt Smart Stadium. The venue, which will also be used by Counties-Manukau in the Air New Zealand Cup provincial rugby competition, went back to its original name today.

Auckland Regional Council chairman Mike Lee says Ericsson, which has moved out of the retail cellphone market in New Zealand, has decided not to renew its contract. Other offers were considered, but the council felt they did not suit.

Mt Smart hosted the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Lee says the council is not actively pursuing a sponsor to replace Ericsson.