New stadium for Crusaders proposed

12:10 pm on 6 September 2011

A temporary rugby stadium for the Crusaders could cost Christchurch ratepayers more than $1 million.

This year the Crusaders played all their games away, because their home ground at the AMI stadium was badly damaged in the 22 February earthquake.

Christchurch City Council is to consider building a new venue in the suburb of Addington to be ready in time for next year's Super Rugby competition.

That stadium's future still hangs in the balance, so an interim measure to host home games next year have been proposed.

The plan is to use the existing Rugby League Park in Addington, demolishing the two quake-damaged stadiums there, and installing a new temporary stadium that could seat more than 18,000 people.

It is proposed that the council contributes $1 million to pay for the turf to be upgraded and for assets from the AMI stadium, such as the lights, to be relocated.

The recommendation will be discussed at a council meeting on Thursday.