Deconstruction of the badly-damaged Lancaster Park stadium is underway and expected to be completed at the end of 2019.
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.
The Council is currently looking at options for redeveloping the park for community sporting use and recreational purposes.
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