Canterbury Multi-Use Arena


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Canterbury 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.

Credibly proposed

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Under procurement

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Preferred bidder announced

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ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

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

STATUS: Under procurement
VALUE: $450M AUD | $473M NZD
SECTOR: Social infrastructure
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

Project scope

The New Zealand Government and Christchurch City Council jointly committed to constructing 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.

The project investment case says that in order for the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena to be competitive and attract international and national events, it needs to have:

  • a roof so it can host events all year-round
  • minimum seating capacity of 25,000, with the potential to add temporary seating for a further 5000 in the future.
  • a fixed rectangular turf, and
  • high-quality acoustics.



Key Dates

October 2020: Request for Proposal issued for design and construct contract issued

2021: Construction scheduled to commence

2024: Arena expected to open.




October 2020: Christchurch City Council issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design and construction of the project.




In October 2020, a formal joint funding agreement was signed which confirmed that:

  • NZ$253 million has been committed by Christchurch City Council. In June 2018, this was brought forward by two years from 2023 to 2021.
  • NZ$220 million has been committed from the NZ Government, drawn from the Capital Acceleration Facility.
  • NZ$57 million has been contributed by the NZ Government to purchase land for the arena




Project History

November 2020: After industry feedback, Christchurch City Council extended the RFP submission deadline to 29 January 2021.

October 2020: Council issued a Request for Proposal for design and construction of the arena, closing on 17 November 2020.

August 2020: Christchurch City Council called for public feedback on the proposed amendments to the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, in order to establish noise management regulations relevant to the arena.

July 2020: Christchurch City Council issued a second Advanced Notice of Information about the Design and Construction tender for the arena. Council intends to publish a Request for Proposal in mid-September 2020.

June 2020: Christchurch City Council issued Advanced Notice of Information, marking the beginning of procurement for design and construction of the facility.

December 2019: Christchurch City Council approved the investment case for the 25,000-seat covered multi-use arena. Early construction is expected to start in 2021 and be open by 2024.

February 2019: The project was renamed to Canterbury multi-use Arena.

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.



Further Information

The NZ Government reviewed the possibility of combining the Christchurch Multi-Use Arena with the Metro Sports Facility but decided against it.

The project is being jointly overseen by the Christchurch City Council and the Crown (NZ Treasury and NZ Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet).

Last reviewed: 07/12/2020

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