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That term has been given by some players since the state-of-the-art facility opened, and the glasshouse style conditions and noise are part of the trade off from having the elements kept at bay.
With the Zoo likely to have the same vibe about it as seen during Investec Super Rugby - a special section for university students to let their hair down - the volume of the ground may be beyond the near 30,000 expected tonight.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw said that the team had planned to ensure that their communication remained constant throughout their first clash with the Springboks this season.
"All the guys who have played here this year say whether it's full or not it's noisy regardless," McCaw said.
"It just means you have to get a bit closer to each other and make sure you are heard rather than expect to be heard."
“But it's the same thing for both teams. The big thing is to make sure you don't feel like you are on your own out there. You have to get beside each other when there are breaks in play and make sure you get things dealt with.”
Highlanders hooker and starting All Blacks rake Andrew Hore told stuff.co.nz that the team could resort to hand signals, which the men from the Deep South used to counter the volume of the crowd.
"You can't blame the wind but one thing is the noise, getting used to that,” Hore said.
“Sometimes quick lineouts, those sorts of moves are hard to get through. With the Highlanders we played around with some hand signals so we'll see what happens.”