Set to open in early 2022, the Metro Sports Facility will be the largest aquatic and indoor recreation and leisure venue of its kind in New Zealand, accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan identified the need for a world-class venue and centre of sporting excellence, accessible to people of all ages, abilities and sporting skills. The Metro Sports Facility will provide an aquatic and indoor recreation and sport facility catering for the day-to-day needs of the leisure, sporting, recreational, education and high performance sporting communities in Canterbury.

The complex will be well equipped to host local, national and international events. The Metro Sports Facility will sit within Moorhouse Avenue, Stewart Street, St Asaph Street and Antigua Street. It will be easy to get to by public transport, private vehicles and the new walking and cycling links through the central city.

Construction is being managed by Ōtākaro Limited, and jointly funded by the Crown and the Christchurch City Council, with the Council being the operator of the facility after completion.

Latest news

12 November 2019: Planning underway for new Performance Movement Centre

Christchurch’s performing arts community is being asked how they would like to see the new Metro Sports Facility's  Performance Movement Centre operated. The Centre is designed to meet the needs of a range of disciplines including dance, circus, drama, physical theatre, diving and gym sports. Read more on Newsline.(external link)

24 September 2019: First concrete pour at Metro Sports Facility

Work is underway on the foundations for the new Metro Sports Facility, with the first major concrete pour taking place on Tuesday 24 September. The Metro Sports Facility will cover an area about the size of two rugby fields and require around 16,000m3 of concrete and 3700 tonnes of structural steel to build, making it one of the largest projects in central Christchurch. Read more on Newsline.(external link)

Facilities

  • 10 lane, 50 metre competition pool with an operable 1.5 metre wide boom
  • 1000 aquatic spectator seats
  • 20 x 25.4 metre diving pool
  • Aquatic leisure facility
  • Five hydroslides
  • Learn to swim pool
  • Warm water pool/spa/sauna/steam room
  • Birthday party room
  • Multipurpose indoor courts with capacity for nine netball courts and other indoor sports codes
  • 2500 retractable spectator seats in the Show Court
  • Gym/weights facility
  • Group fitness rooms
  • Allied Health facilities
  • Performance movement centre
  • Aquatic sensory space
  • High-performance sports centre with facilities for coaching and training
  • Sports House – shared administration area for regional sport
  • Facility administration areas
  • VIP and media areas
  • Café and supporting and satellite food and beverage facilities
  • Facility parking

Milestones

21 November 2017

Metro Sports Facility plans under review

The Government has ordered an urgent review of plans for the Metro Sports facility amid concern the project will come in $75 million over budget. Read more.(external link)

31 August 2018

Site readied for new Metro Sports Facility

Work is under way on installing the first of about 8000 in-ground stone columns to support construction of the new Metro Sports Facility. Read more.(external link)

28 March 2019

Contractor secured for Christchurch's Metro Sports Facility

Construction of Christchurch's Metro Sports Facility will get underway in May following Ōtākaro Limited's decision to award the $221 million build contract to CPB Contractors Limited. Read more.(external link)

27 April 2019

Major sporting facilities move step closer

A review of Christchurch’s Metro Sports Facility has identified savings of more than $50 million and cleared the way for work on the long-awaited project to proceed. Read more.(external link)

7 June 2019

Work starts on Metro Sports Facility

Work is officially under way on Christchurch’s Metro Sports Facility, with Mayor Lianne Dalziel joining the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Dr Megan Woods, and the Minister for Sport, Grant Robertson, in turning the first sods today. Read more.(external link)

24 September 2019

First concrete pour at Metro Sports Facility

Work is under way on the foundations for the new Metro Sports Facility, with the first major concrete pour taking place. Read more.(external link)

12 November 2019

Planning under way for new Performance Movement Centre

Christchurch’s performing arts community is being asked how they would like to see the new Performance Movement Centre, being developed as part of the Metro Sports Facility, operated. Read more on Newsline.(external link)

Early 2022

Grand opening

The new facility is scheduled to open to the public.