New Zealand’s Christchurch City Council and the Crown have agreed to jointly fund a new stadium in the city.
Both parties agreed to contribute a total NZ$473 million towards the cost of building the new venue. The council has committed $253 million and the Crown $220 million. Early works on the stadium are expected to begin on-site in 2021.
The stadium will need to have a roof so it can host events year-round; a minimum seating capacity of 25,000 (with the potential to add temporary seating for a further 5,000 in the future); a fixed rectangular pitch; and high quality acoustics.
Meanwhile, planning rule changes designed to manage the noise from the Canterbury multi-use arena will be considered by the council next week.
Proposed amendments include introducing noise limits to help avoid extremes of noise, a concert finishing time of 11pm, a cap of 15 concert days per calendar year to give residents certainty about the frequency of noisy events, and a requirement for a noise management plan.
The 25,000-seat, 36,000-capacity covered arena is the final anchor project in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and will help re-establish Christchurch as a key events destination.
Before work progresses further the Council wants to amend the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan (CCRP) and the Christchurch District Plan so it can effectively manage noise from the arena, while still supporting regeneration in the central city.
Council Head of Planning and Strategic Policy David Griffiths said:
The public has already had an opportunity to give feedback on what type of rules they think are needed to manage noise issues appropriately and will have another chance now we have proposed what some of these could be.
It is important these rules both enable the arena to operate successfully, and make a significant contribution to the city’s – and region’s – economy, but also manage noise effects for residents living close to the arena, and do not discourage further residential development or redevelopment in the central city.
The Canterbury multi-use arena is scheduled to open by the end of 2024.