Christchurch Multi-Use Arena


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Christchurch Multi-Use Arena

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

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All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Social infrastructure
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Possible PPP, Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The New Zealand Government and Christchurch City Council jointly committed to explore the feasibility of a new multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena, including a stadium, on NZ Government land in the city centre. The decision followed damages sustained to AMI Stadium (previously Rugby League Park) and Lancaster Park during the 2011 earthquake the NZ.

In August 2017, Christchurch Stadium Trust released a pre-feasibility study into a new multi-purpose Christchurch Arena capable of hosting sporting events as well as exhibitions and concerts. The study identified a shortlist of options, and provided recommendations on the preferred options, amenities and precinct infrastructure necessary to deliver the stadium.

The four options include:

- 25,000 permanent seat arena (plus 5,000 temporary seats), with 75-80 per cent roof cover and a non-retractable pitch, estimated to be $368 million;
- 25,000 permanent seat arena (plus 5,000 temporary seats), with a transparent enclosed roof and a non-retractable pitch, estimated to be $465 million;
- 25,000 permanent seat arena (plus 5,000 temporary seats), with a solid roof and retractable pitch, estimated to be $496 million; and
- 30,000 permanent seat arena (plus 5,000 temporary seats), with a solid roof and retractable pitch, estimated to be $584 million.

The study has identified option 3 as the preferred option, which is expected to record an operating surplus, based on an analysis of different revenue and expenditure scenarios. The Council will set up a project team to examine these options and develop a detailed business case.

The project will be funded through a cost-sharing agreement between the NZ Government and the Council, with the difference expected to be privately funded. The Council has committed up to NZ$253 million and the NZ Government, NZ$59 million. Additionally, the newly elected NZ Government has established a capital acceleration facility for Christchurch to which the Government has committed NZ$300 million. The stadium could receive funding from the facility, which the Council will work in partnership with the NZ Government to administer.

The timing and procurement model of the new arena remains to be determined. The NZ Government reviewed the possibility of combining the Christchurch Multi-Use Arena with the Metro Sports Facility but decided against it. In June 2018, Christchurch Council voted to bring forward its funding of NZ$253 million by two years from 2023 to 2021.

The project is being overseen by the NZ Government's Ōtākaro agency, which assumed the major project functions of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) following the Authority's discontinuation in April 2016.

Last reviewed: 30/07/2018

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