Deconstruction of the badly-damaged Lancaster Park stadium is underway and expected to be completed at the end of 2019.

aerial view of lancaster park

The February 2011 earthquake caused significant damage to the Lancaster Park buildings. The Hadlee and Tui stands have been demolished. The roofs have been removed from the Paul Kelly and Deans stands and deconstruction of the rest of the stands began in March 2019. It is expected the full demolition will be completed by the end of 2019.

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.

The aim is to salvage as much material from the deconstruction as possible. More than 30,000 seats were removed from the stands and rehomed across Canterbury and New Zealand.

What will happen to Lancaster Park once the stadium is demolished?

Once the park is clear of demolition material in January 2019, the site will be made safe, grassed and open for public recreational use.

Christchurch City Council staff, in conjunction with community and sporting groups, have prepared a spatial plan for redeveloping the park in response to community need for more recreational areas and sports grounds. This will inform the latter stages of the stadium deconstruction project and the first stage of opening the site for public use.

The spatial plan (pictured below) includes sports fields for winter sporting codes such as rugby and football, and cricket grounds for summer use. It also features informal, public open space and landscaped areas that reflect on the rich history of the park, which hosted sporting and cultural events for more than a century.

The spatial plan was approved by the Council on 12 September 2019.

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