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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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Deans Stand at AMI Stadium: DONE

### TVNZ 7:14PM Friday January 15, 2010
Rugby News
Christchurch unveils completed Deans Stand
Source: ONE News
The Rugby World Cup is just 18 months away and Christchurch can now say it has the first New Zealand stadium ready to host. On Friday, the media got a tour of the new Deans Stand at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium just a week out from its official opening.

It is a sneak peak at what $60 million buys.

“That’s the legacy for Christchurch, the Rugby World Cup was the catalyst. But this wonderful facility, the wonderful outdoor sports and entertainment facility is of real international quality,” says Brian Pearson of Vbase.

The new Deans Stand will hold more than 13,000 people. The numbers are hard to pass by with 18,000 tonnes of concrete, 15,000 square metres of new turf, and one of the biggest cantilever roofs in the country.

At the peak of construction there were 180 people a day on site, six cranes and 80 companies involved. Two years later the stadium is ready for kickoff.
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Rugby support down in Christchurch

Venues such as Hamilton and Dunedin looming as major threats to Christchurch to host other Tests…

### TVNZ News Published: 9:00PM Friday June 19, 2009
Christchurch under threat as Test venue
Source: NZPA

Christchurch’s status as a host of major rugby Tests is under threat because of poor ticket sales ahead of next week’s fixture against Italy. About 12,000 tickets have been sold for the city’s only All Blacks Test of the year, less than half the capacity of AMI Stadium, which is currently undergoing reconstruction.
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31,000 tickets have been sold for the second Test against France at Westpac Stadium on Saturday – that’s 4,000 short of capacity but ahead of what was budgeted for.

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Govt lavishes stadiums

### Scoop Regional Thursday, 30 April 2009, 2:10 pm
Govt thanked for $15 million AMI Stadium funding

Press Release: Christchurch City Council
To: Chief Reporter
From: Diane Keenan – Communications Team

MEDIA RELEASE 30 April 2009

Government thanked for $15 million AMI Stadium funding

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker is delighted at the Government’s announcement that it will provide $15 million towards the $60 million redevelopment of AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

In 2007, Christchurch City Council agreed to a $20 million underwrite of the redevelopment to allow it to proceed and be completed in time for the Rugby World Cup 2011.

“The Government’s decision to invest $15 million in the project shows its commitment to making RWC 2011 a great success, and also acknowledges the leading role Christchurch will play in this event,” Mr Parker says.

“The Government’s move also fully endorses the Council’s decision to underwrite the project. It was important we provided the underwrite when we did otherwise Christchurch could not have committed to RWC 2011. A redeveloped AMI Stadium with a seating capacity of 45,000 was the basis for our bid to host two World Cup quarter finals, in addition to pool games.”

“I am absolutely thrilled that the Government has stepped up with this substantial assistance to Christchurch. We are on track to deliver a world-class stadium on time and budget.”

Vbase Chief Executive Bryan Pearson supported the Mayor’s comments and congratulated the Government on its decision and foresight.

“This development will have flow-on benefits throughout the whole community. I also want to acknowledge the Christchurch City Council and its visionary decision to support this redevelopment right from the start. Without that support and underwrite, we would not have been able to proceed and would not have played a leading role in RWC 2011.”

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Poor Crowd Indeed

In response to Sam, his poor sources and his stereotypes.

without wanting to disappoint you, I am very much not a”Rugby Union Type”, my first love is Football – the beautiful game – the worlds game, my second love is that most English of games with whites and a little shiny red ball, my third sport would be Baseball, fourth Ice Hockey, fifth American Football then Rugby and Darts more or less equal. Dang where does F1 fit in there?

But once again stereotypical assumptions are very easy to create when debating this stadium project. Imagine my disappointment when I saw the design of the stadium that didn’t include cricket. Continue reading


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