The Crown and Council are committed to fast-tracking the process of designing and building the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena and are streamlining the approvals process.

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Canterbury Multi-Use Arena Project logo

On 12 August 2021 the Christchurch City Council approved for the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena to house 30,000 seats (up to 41,000 capacity in concert mode) and have a U-shaped level 1 concourse with a 'stage pocket' located at the northern end of the arena. 

Geotechnical investigations took place on the site from 2018 and were completed in mid-2021.

The investment case has been approved and a formal funding agreement between the Crown and Council is in place.

Preliminary design for the new arena is underway, as the Kōtui consortium works through the project's design phase. 

Led by Australian-based stadium construction experts, BESIX Watpac, Kōtui includes Christchurch-based construction companies Southbase Construction and Fulton Hogan, local seismic engineering specialists Lewis Bradford, Christchurch architects Warren and Mahoney, and global stadium design experts Populous and Mott MacDonald.

Construction is expected to start in 2022, with the arena due to be completed at the end of 2024.

Timeline

2010-2011

Christchurch earthquakes significantly damage Lancaster Park.

2012

New multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue identified in Central City Recovery Plan.

Land designated by Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery for Multi-Use Arena.

2013

Cost-share agreement adopted between Crown and Council.

2015

Initial scoping study commissioned.

Council Long Term Plan allocates $253m to the project.

2017

Pre-feasibility study and strategic assessment completed.

Scope and affordability review completed.

2018

 Independent review finds both CMUA and Metro Sports Facility projects should proceed.

Geotechnical investigations begin.

2019

Investment Case approved by Council December 2019.

2020

Investment Case approved by Crown March 2020.

On-site enabling works begin April 2020.

Council-owned company and board that will project-manage the build is established May 2020.

CCRP draft amendment approved by Minister Woods and funding agreement between Crown and Council finalised August 2020.

2021

Kōtui consortium announced as the successful tenderer for the CMUA design and construction March 2021.

On-site decontamination works completed June 2021.

Agreement reached with NG Building owners to relocate building June 2021.

Barry Bragg appointed as interim CMUA board chair July 2021.

Updated design direction with 30,000 seats approved by Council August 2021.

2022

Developed design scheduled to be verified in early 2022.

Construction scheduled to begin.

2024

The arena is expected to open at the end of 2024.