Detailed design for the new arena will begin later this year once a contractor for the design and construction has been confirmed.
A number of concept designs for the arena were scoped as part of the investment case for the project.
The Investment Case says that in order for the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena to be competitive and attract international and national events, it needs to have:
- A roof so it can host events year-round.
- Minimum seating capacity of 25,000, with the potential to add temporary seating for a further 5000 in the future.
- A fixed rectangular turf.
- High-quality acoustics.