Stadium and other venues closed

3:57 pm on 24 February 2011

Christchurch's AMI Stadium will be closed until at least 15 March so it can undergo repairs for damage due to the earthquake.

Bryan Pearson, chief executive of Vbase, which runs AMI stadium, says the venue has significant damage to fixtures and fittings and damage from liquefaction, including to the playing surface.


Mr Pearson says there is also substantial damage to surrounding streets and infrastructure.

The Crusaders are considering options for home Super Rugby

games scheduled at AMI Stadium for 4 March and 11 March.

The most likely choices as replacement venues include the Tasman Mako's two homes, Nelson's Trafalgar Park and Blenhiem's Lansdowne Park, which would keep the games in the Crusaders' region.

Other venues to be closed include the Christchurch Convention Centre and the Christchurch Town Hall, which have structural damage.

Vbase, which manages venues around the city, says CBS Canterbury Arena has had minor damage repaired as a priority so it can be used by CIvil Defence if needed.