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Old March 12th, 2009, 02:28 PM   #1
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NEW ZEALAND 2011 - IRB Rugby World Cup

As the venues for the 2011 world cup have been announced:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/7938967.stm

Has anyone got any news on what redevelopments are taking place at these grounds?
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Old March 12th, 2009, 03:27 PM   #2
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The two largest grounds, Eden Park in Auckland and AMI Stadium in Christchurch are both undergoing reconstruction at the moment, with large new touchline stands being built.

Eden Park: http://www.eprb.co.nz/

AMI Stadium: http://www.amistadium.co.nz/ami_stad...he_full_circle
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Old March 12th, 2009, 06:43 PM   #3
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There's also supposed to be a new stadium in Dunedin to replace the aged Carisbrook, but I don't know if work has started (or if it's even going to).
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Old March 12th, 2009, 08:26 PM   #4
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There's also supposed to be a new stadium in Dunedin to replace the aged Carisbrook, but I don't know if work has started (or if it's even going to).
No work has started yet, they are still at the tendering stage for construction. So it looks unlikely a new stadium would be ready for 2011.

Lancaster Park in Christchurch is actually ahead of schedule and will be ready in 10 months time for next years super 14 season.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 09:15 PM   #5
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A few of the stadiums for 2011 (most before renovations)

Eden Park





Wellington





Christchurch
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North Harbour

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Just of to work, and these were the best I could find in a limited time!
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Old May 1st, 2009, 08:38 PM   #6
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Any updates, i saw the renders for the one which will have a fixed closed roof which i am sure will be very interesting to all sc forumers.
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In the past week Dunedin City Council have been given the green light to construct the new stadium, and the word is, it will be ready for the RWC.

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They'd better get cracking
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Old May 1st, 2009, 11:46 PM   #9
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I am surprised there is not more banter from forumers about this stadium because although its not going to win any awards for appearance it is radical in concept and could be the guinea pig for more to follow. Not only does it have a permanent closed roof designed to sustain natural turf but it will be modular inside both in respect of the tribunes and playing field to allow for different events in different areas of the stadium.
I have discovered it has a good website, check out the designs section and the drawings.
http://www.carisbrook.org.nz/index.html
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Old May 2nd, 2009, 09:23 AM   #10
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how is watching rugby in westpac stadium? from my experience rugby is never good when watching it in a cricket stadium. At least it looks good though.
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Old May 2nd, 2009, 06:49 PM   #11
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The final approval was given just a couple of days ago, and contractors will move onto the site May 7. Projected completion date is set for August 2011, so it will be tight but should get done.
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 01:47 AM   #12
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how is watching rugby in westpac stadium? from my experience rugby is never good when watching it in a cricket stadium. At least it looks good though.
Out of the 'major' rugby grounds in NZ, I'd say it's probably my least favourite venue I've been to. Having said that, when full it has a cracking atmosphere as anyone who has been to the 7's will agree!

So 6/10 from me.
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A wise move would be to make Christchurch and Auckland rugby only grounds and move cricket to specific cricket grounds. It would be better for both sports. It works well in Oz because the big bucks comes from football which is played on an oval of the same dimensions as a cricket field.

Incidently the grandstand in Christchurch is the spitting image of the old Sir Kenneth Luke stand at VFL Park in Melbourne. It was built in 1970 and mostly demolished recently.
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The final approval was given just a couple of days ago, and contractors will move onto the site May 7. Projected completion date is set for August 2011, so it will be tight but should get done.
August 2011, is cutting it very close. Costs will rise.
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that is unbelievably tight
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They'd better get their act together - England, Scotland and Ireland are all playing there in 2011...
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Old July 17th, 2009, 12:41 PM   #17
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Should Eden Park continue to host international cricket matches?

The answer to that is NO!. It's dimensions are unexceptable to to play International cricket.

Let's face it, multi purpose stadiums in New Zealand should mean Rugby and Concerts. That's it!

The New Dunedin Stadium will not be playing cricket in its arena, primarily because its a rectangle playing surface, that suited to what it was meant for, Rugby, League.

If New Zealand are to co host the cricket world cup then they better get there act together and upgrade the existing facilities such Hamilton's Trust Park, Queenstown and Dunedin Oval. Wellington is fine as its stadium is oval and suited to Cricket and Rugby. Auckland needs to build a new venue. If these cant be done then Australia alone should host the Cricket World Cup.
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I am surprised there is not more banter from forumers about this stadium because although its not going to win any awards for appearance it is radical in concept and could be the guinea pig for more to follow. Not only does it have a permanent closed roof designed to sustain natural turf but it will be modular inside both in respect of the tribunes and playing field to allow for different events in different areas of the stadium.
I have discovered it has a good website, check out the designs section and the drawings.
http://www.carisbrook.org.nz/index.html
I agree with your comments. Although its great to see a New Zealand Region build a new stadium for the World Cup, I question the design, height, and Closed roof option.

Design looks to include an indoor arena for netball and basketball events.
I think it would of been better to leave this out and concentrate on increasing capacity.

Height does'nt look high enough. Will this pose a problem for rugby and soccer events?

Would of better to connect the stands together to make viewing more pleasurable.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 07:02 PM   #19
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McLean Park, Napier - hosting 2 games in the RWC
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Old October 8th, 2009, 07:38 PM   #20
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How about an update on the construction works?
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