Lancaster Park will again host sports matches from early 2022.
Work to turn Lancaster Park into a green recreational space and community sports fields began in April 2021.
The first stage of the redevelopment of the park(external link) is expected to take around nine months depending on weather conditions. It includes cleaning up the site, removing the foundations of the demolished Lancaster Park stadium, levelling the ground and creating new sports field areas, which can be used for sports such as rugby and football in the winter and cricket in the summer.
Restoration of the Lancaster Park Memorial Gates is expected to begin in Spring 2021.
In September 2019, Christchurch City Council approved a spatial plan (pictured below) for redeveloping the park in response to the community need for more recreational areas and sports grounds. This plan is informing the first stage of redevelopment.
The Council decided to demolish the Lancaster Park buildings in March 2017. This was in response to a status report showing that recommissioning Lancaster Park as a venue capable of hosting top international rugby tests would cost about $255 to $275 million.
As much material was salvaged or recycled from the deconstruction as possible. More than 30,000 seats were removed from the stands and rehomed across Canterbury and New Zealand.