Christchurch: new temporary stadium

### ODT Online Tue, 8 Nov 2011
New stadium for Canterbury
By Claire Trevett – New Zealand Herald

Construction will begin next week and is due to end by March next year in time for the 2012 Super Rugby season.

A new temporary rugby stadium in Christchurch to provide a home ground for test matches and local sports teams will be ready for the 2012 Super Rugby season. The AMI Stadium and the stands at Rugby League Park were damaged in the February earthquake. The new stadium will be on the site of Rugby League Park, where the current stands have to be demolished.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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2 responses to “Christchurch: new temporary stadium

  1. Elizabeth

    ### Tues, 8 Nov 2011, 12:12 pm
    Press Release: New Zealand Government

    Hon Gerry Brownlee
    Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

    8 November 2011 Media Statement
    Minister welcomes new stadium for Canterbury

    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed today’s announcement that a new temporary stadium will be built in Christchurch in time for next year’s Super Rugby season.

    “I’m absolutely delighted the Government has been able to pull together this deal to fund building the new temporary stadium in Christchurch,” Mr Brownlee says.

    “This means Cantabrians don’t have to miss out on major sporting and music events for another year and will have many great occasions to look forward to,” he says.

    The stadium will be constructed using some of innovative techniques developed for ‘The Cloud’ venue on Auckland’s waterfront and the Westpac Business Hub in Christchurch, Mr Brownlee says.

    “The facilities will be up to international match standard with television broadcast facilities, lighting, and facilities for players and officials.”

    The stadium will be managed by a Trust and a full programme of events for 2012 is being developed.

    “The Crusaders are New Zealand’s most successful rugby franchise, with seven Super Rugby titles,” Mr Brownlee said.

    “As a proud Cantabrian, I’m looking forward to being at the Crusaders’ first home game in the Super Rugby competition next year to cheer them on.

    “I also know there will be keen interest in seeing the Wellington Phoenix football team and major rugby league games at the new facility.

    “Along with the launch of the Re:Start project in Cashel Mall last month, this sends a strong signal that Christchurch is open for business and on the road to recovery.” [scoop link]

    IMAGE – New Stadium Graphic (PDF, 50 KB)

  2. Elizabeth

    ### Sun, 25 Mar 2012 6:08p.m.
    Crusaders fans give glowing support for new Christchurch stadium
    By Annabelle Tukia
    Rugby fans who attended the Crusaders first home game in Christchurch have given their new multi-million dollar stadium a glowing report. The team they turned out to support didn’t disappoint either, securing their first win at home in almost two years.
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    ### Last updated 19:43 24/03/2012
    Crusaders’ new home opens for business (The Press)
    Christchurch’s new AMI Stadium has been officially opened ahead of the first Crusaders home game since the February 2011 earthquake. Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and injured All Blacks captain Richie McCaw have opened the stadium, which was built in 100 days after the old AMI Stadium was forced out of action by the February quake.
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