Dunedin City Council has voted to attach a new Academy of Sport for the South Island to a new sports stadium for the city.
The council is budgeting for the project to cost no more than $3.6 million. All councillors, bar one who abstained, supported the decision.
Sport & Recreation New Zealand will contribute $1 million.
The Academy of Sport South Island says 250 athletes train at the existing academy at Logan Park every day.
Chief executive Kereyn Smith says attaching the new premises to the indoor stadium will bring even more athletes to the area.
The new stadium is expected to be completed in August in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.