Canterbury Multi-Use Arena
|Clubs||Crusaders, Canterbury Rugby|
|Category||Design awaiting implementation|
|Cost||$ 496 mln|
Description: Canterbury Multi-Use Arena
The depicted concept is not a final one, but the outcome of a preliminary study into the best feasible stadium for Christchurch. The selected capacity stands at 25,000 permanent seats and 5,000 temporary ones possible to add for football and rugby events. During concerts the building could attract 40,000 visitors.
In order to increase its versatility, the stadium should have a full and opaque roof. While the Forsyth Barr variant was also considered, it would significantly limit event-hosting capabilities. It was thus chosed to create a natural field that would slide outside of the building on non-matchdays. While already expensive, this solution is significantly more economic than a retractable roof.
It was selected as the best out of four different size and technical options on the table, of which two were less expensive and one above the $600 million mark due to increased capacity. The selected design could potentially stay below $500 million.
Location of the stadium is settled. The chosen plot, owned largely by public authorities, lies in the strict centre of Christchurch and provides great accessibility through existing and planned public transportation.
New Zealand: Canterbury Multi-Use Arena with new renderings
The preliminary design of Canterbury Multi-Use Arena was expected to be published by the end of this year, and finally, we got it! New design images of the stadium are heralding the start of construction in July next year.
New Zealand: Stadium in Christchurch to be bigger, but also later
Recent months have been marked by disputes over the final capacity of the arena. It seemed that the increase in costs would reduce the scale of the project, but in the end it was decided to build a larger venue.
New Zealand: Christchurch Stadium goes smaller due to cost-cutting
The surge of steel prices and shipping expenses worldwide led to reduction of the venue's capacity. Increased scale of costs needed to accommodate additional seating didn't help either.
New Zealand: Kōtui consortium appointed to design and construct a new stadium in Christchurch
Christchurch City Council announced the Kōtui consortium as the designer and constructor of a new stadium in New Zealand. Construction of a 25,000-seater is expected to begin early next year.
New Zealand: Christchurch Stadium extends deadline for proposals
Focusing on hosting as many large events as possible at the new stadium in the future, City Council extended the deadline for construction proposals. The new $473 million multi-use arena in Christchurch is scheduled to open by the end of 2024, with the first works in the beginning of 2021.