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Carisbrook was one of two Dunedin landmarks given national recognition today by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT).

Along with the Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute , the city's international sports ground got board approval for a Category 1 registration status.

Trust Otago/Southland area manager Owen Graham said the move underlined the importance both sites had in Dunedin's heritage.

"Carisbrook has worldwide recognition as a sporting venue.

" It's as much a part of our city as the university, the statue of Robbie Burns, and the magnificent railway station."

The Athenaeum, which opened in 1870 in The Octagon, is one of the oldest surviving main centre athenaeums still used for its original purpose - providing educational instruction through a library - in New Zealand.