FINALLY the Christchurch City Council have approved the construction of a new state of the art 30,000-seat covered sports and recreation stadium in the central city.

IT"S TIME - The pictures speak for themselves.

The Lianne Dalziel-led council dithered around making so many excuses why the stadium couldn’t be approved and meanwhile the costs kept ballooning.

At one stage council wanted to cut the seating capacity to 25,000 but a public backlash saw it back to a more fit for purpose size.

The total cost of the new stadium, called Te Kaha or The Metro Sports Centre, is $683milion, uo from the original price of $483million.

Over 30,000 people put in submissions to the council with their views on what should happen with the stadium project with 77 percent in favour of going ahead.

Criticism from Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson and his assistant Jason Ryan struck a chord and recently Canterbury’s greatest rugby son Richie McCaw suggested it was about time the project got done.

Orangetheory Stadium in Addington may have been ok for a couple of years, even five as the city regrouped and recovered from the devastating earthquakes which ruined Lancaster Park. However 11 years on the current stadium, is nowhere near fit for purpose and certainly not fit to host one of the greatest rugby clubs in world rugby, the Crusaders.

Christchurch has lost millions of dollars in revenue while the council dithered and all they talked about was costs, not that it was in fact money very well invested and the huge benefit it would reap to the city.

The hospitality and accommodation sectors will certainly benefit from a new stadium as Christchurch seeks to re establish itself as the sporting capital of the South Island if not New Zealand.

Former New Zealand boxing champion Dean Calvert is a popular Christchurch publican. He owns the Valley Inn at Heathcotte Valley plus the Protocol and the Brickworks. He’s excited and relieved the decision has been made to build the stadium.

Dean joined AbsolutelyFamous for a chat this week on what it will do for Christchurch 

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.


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