Canterbury Rugby Finds a Home   8 Sep 2011

The Crusader and Canterbury rugby teams will be based at the Christchurch City Council-owned Rugby LeaguePark from early next year, following a decision by the Council to contribute a million dollars to the development of the park and to allow its sublease from the Canterbury Rugby Football league (CRFL) to the Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU).

This means the Crusader and Canterbury rugby teams will not have to travel away from Christchurch for every game they play; and Christchurch supporters will be able to see their team in action locally. In the last year the Crusaders travelled 190,000 km to play all their games, adding to the stresses already faced by local players.

Rugby League Park is leased by the Council to the CRFL and has hosted international rugby league matches. Its current 10,000 person capacity will be boosted to 18,600 with the construction of a temporary stadium to replace the two existing earthquake damaged stands. The park’s location adjacent to the CBS Canterbury Arena and the Addington Raceway, means it can share car parking facilities with those two venues.

The CRFL will now sublease the park to the CRFU, which will build the temporary 18,600 seat stadium, including 5,000 covered seats. The sublease will last for up to six years, by which time there should be a new permanent stadium for the city. The Council will contribute up to $1 million (plus GST) for the pitch, lighting and facility design at RugbyLeaguePark. The existing playing surface will be upgraded, possibly by relocating turf from AMI Stadium to Rugby League Park.
The Council contribution will be funded by borrowings.

As well as hosting Crusader and Canterbury rugby games, the Rugby League Park development means the park will be able to host matches that would previously have been played at AMI stadium, including All Black tests, New Zealand Warriors and other NRL games, ITM cup matches and finals, Phoenix and Football A League matches and other larger games for all sporting codes.

“This is such a great solution for both the Rugby and Rugby League codes in our city,” said Mayor Bob Parker at today’s Council meeting. “It is a Brad Thorne, (who is a very good league player and a very good rugby player), moment in the sense that it brings both codes together. A small win for our city, but one that should bring some cheer after what has been a very long winter.”

(CCC Media)

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

NZ provides further aid to Iraq

28 Aug 2014 News
New Zealand Government NZ provides further aid to Iraq Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand will provide ... more

Excellence and impact for top quality research

28 Aug 2014 News
University of Auckland Excellence and impact for top quality research *Interviews:This was a University of Auckland seminar, but the... more

Business

Christchurch property investor wins policy appeal in Supreme Court

27 Aug 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk   Christchurch property investor Ridgecrest wins IAG policy appeal in Supreme Court By Jonathan ... more

Time to rethink India's IT reputation, delegation says

26 Aug 2014 Business News By Pattrick Smellie
Article - BusinessDesk   Time to rethink India's IT reputation, says visiting delegation Aug. 26 (BusinessDesk) - India's... more

Living

Entries open The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest

26 Aug 2014 Lifestyle
Air New Zealand Air New Zealand invites Hobbit fans to enter The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest for a chance to win a ... more

MTV VMAs 2014: Lorde wins Best Rock Video over actual rock bands

25 Aug 2014 Environment
Singer Lorde shows off her Moonman trophy for Best Rock Video for ‘Royals.’ Lorde, have mercy. The New Zealand pop star... more

Property

House sales down as winter cools market - REINZ

14 Aug 2014 Property
New Zealand house sales fell in July as winter cooled the appetite of house hunters while a drop in properties selling for $400,000... more

NZ property values rise at slowest annual pace in 13 months

7 Aug 2014 Property By Paul McBeth
Aug. 7 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand property values rose at the slowest annual pace in 13 months in July as rising interest rates,... more

Migration

Who's living next door to you?

20 Aug 2014 Migration
Statistics NZ puts out detailed data on different ethnic groups, down to the 108 people from the Isle of Man. Did you know there are... more

NZ population growth speeds up

14 Aug 2014 Migration
New Zealand's climb to 4.5 million people has been faster in the past year than it has in any other year in the past decade,... more

Travel

Jetstar loses ground in NZ as Qantas plunges to A$2.84B loss

28 Aug 2014 Travel & Tourism By Paul McBeth
Aug. 28 (BusinessDesk) - Jetstar, the discount unit of Australian airline Qantas Airways, lost ground in New Zealand, while claiming... more

Auckland 10th most liveable city - again

19 Aug 2014 Travel & Tourism
Auckland has again been ranked the tenth most liveable city in the world. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released its... more

Sport

NZ Triathlon: Three Kiwi Aquathlon Golds in Edmonton

28 Aug 2014 Multisport
New Zealand has their Edmonton World Championship campaign underway with the perfect three from three gold medals in the elite... more

Dion Snell takes top prize at Auckland Rugby League Awards

28 Aug 2014 Sport
Howick Hornets second-rower Dion Snell has capped off a breakthrough year by being named 2014 Appliance Shed Fox Memorial Lion Red... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on Peters’ latest bout of immigrant bashing

28 Aug 2014 Column By Gordon Campbell
  Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters’ latest bout of immigrant bashing, and Bob Dylan in the basement (again) So in the... more

NZ’s UN Security Council bid hangs by a nuclear thread

27 Aug 2014 Opinion By Bob Rigg
On 16 June the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna circulated a request backed by 18 members of the Arab League... more

Kiwi Success

The duo behind NZ's hottest new label

20 Aug 2014 People
We're expecting big things from Harman Grubisa, the new label from Auckland-based friends Madeleine Harman (right) and Jessica... more

Victoria announces new strategic appointments

11 Aug 2014 Appointments
Victoria University of Wellington has announced the appointment of New Zealand’s first Provost, Professor Neil... more

Recruitment

High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue

22 Aug 2014 Recruitment
The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale... more

On track to surplus, more jobs, higher incomes

19 Aug 2014 Recruitment
New Zealand is on track to Budget surplus this year, backed by good growth, more jobs and higher incomes under the ... more