Steps are being taken to return Lancaster Park to community use now that the stadium has been demolished.

aerial view of lancaster park

The February 2011 earthquake caused significant damage to the Lancaster Park buildings and demolition of the stadium was completed at 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.

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.

Lancaster Park redevelopment

In September 2019, Christchurch City Council approved a spatial plan for redeveloping the park in response to community need for more recreational areas and sports grounds. This plan is informing the first stage of opening the site for public use, which will see it made safe and grassed over.

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.

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