Independent engineers believe Christchurch's AMI Stadium can be repaired for the sum it is insured for.
However the government plan for the new central city does not allow for a rebuild of the current stadium; it opts instead for a new $500 million covered stadium at a more central location.
AMI Stadium insured for a little over $143 million and United States engineering work commissioned by reinsurance company Civic Assurance shows it could be repaired for within that sum.
Civic Assurance chief executive Tim Sole says the engineers are yet to discuss their findings with city council engineers, and until that happens, it's premature to say whether or not the stadium can be fixed.
The council's general manager of corporate services, Paul Anderson, says until the council and the insurer's engineers sit down to discuss their findings, the council's position is still that it would be uneconomic to repair the stadium.