Lancaster Park is beyond economic repair

Once Christchurch’s premier sporting venue, earthquake-hit Lancaster Park will be deconstructed.

Christchurch City Council says the work is likely to start in December and take about a year to complete.

The council says as much material as possible will be salvaged or recycled.

The Lancaster Park war memorial gates, built to commemorate the Canterbury athletes who served in World War I, will be protected and preserved.

No decisions have been made on the process for determining the future use of the area.

Lancaster Park was the scene of some of New Zealand’s great sporting moments.

But it has sat unused since the devastating February 2011 earthquake, the epicentre of which was only 6km to the south-east.

The Hadlee Stand has already been demolished because it was considered unsafe. The other stands all have widespread damage.

The council took the decision to deconstruct Lancaster Park after considering a report received from quantity surveying firm Rawlinsons late last year.

The report concluded that re-commissioning the stadium as a venue capable of staging Test rugby again would cost up to $275 million.

The area around Lancaster Park turned into a a ghost town.  The sand that the liquefaction had pushed up through the broken road and footpaths was swirling around and making small dunes where it was being caught.

As the city’s focal point and place of pride, the home of The Crusaders and many other memorable sports events, it left a larger scar on Christchurch’s psyche than the Cathedral.

But such is the way of things.  Sometimes traditions have to be started from scratch.

In the meantime, it lives on in our memories.  What was your best day out at Lancaster Park?


– NZN via Yahoo! News

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