Christchurch Stadium

Arising out of the earthquake damaged city, the Crusaders new home stadium was designed & built in a 100 days, ready for the 2012 Super Rugby season.

Project Details

Client: Ministry of Economic Development
Fabric Type: PVC
Scope of Work: Design & Build
Location: Addington, Christchurch, NZ
Size: 124m x 20.7m (each stand) (5,134sqm)
Completion: 1st March 2012

In late December 2011 Fabric Structures successfully won the tender to design & build a new stadium for the Crusaders Rugby team. What followed was a 100 days of intensive work to deliver a first class structure to cover the grand stands.

There are two (North & South) grand stand roofs, each 124m long & 20.7m deep, with a large structural element behind the stand providing support & bracing.  The structural works comprised over 270 tonnes of steel. The North Stand also incorporates over 800sqm of corporate boxes and at 12m in the air required twice the structural steel of the south stand.

Between the two stands there is over 6,300sqm of fabric in the roofs & walls.

Key elements to the success of the project were:

  • Close co-ordination in the design phase between the project director, engineer, steel contractor & shop detailer to conclude a design that could be quickly & efficiently fabricated.
  • Standardisation of typical roof bays (20 No.)
  • Ability to assemble 20.7 x 12.4 roof panels on the ground & stack them three high ready for lifting into place.