10 Jun 2014

Westpac Stadium could get roof

12:47 pm on 10 June 2014

A roof costing up to $100 million that would allow Wellington's Westpac Stadium to be an all-weather venue is being considered.

Westpac Stadium.

Westpac Stadium. Photo: PHOTO NZ

In recent years AC/DC and the Rolling Stones have performed at the stadium, known locally as the cake tin. A roof would allow more international concerts and more sports events such as the Rugby Sevens.

A study funded by both the stadium and the city council is being carried out to see whether either a partial or complete cover of the stadium would be feasible.

Built in 2000, the stadium is in the midst of a $29 million makeover, including a new mezzanine lounge.

Stadium chief executive Shane Harmon said an engineers assessment will need to be done because the building was not designed to support a roof.

The feasibility study, which will also look at whether a completely new arena is a better option, is expected to be completed by September.