Crusaders to get new home

2011-12-02 12:31

Christchurch - The main stand at Rugby League Park in Addington is coming down, as demolition of the central structure begins to clear the way for a new NZ$20 million temporary stadium which will house the Crusaders in 2012.
According to the website, AMI Stadium will remain closed after the devastating earthquake in February ruled the ground unplayable, so engineering assessments will continue throughout next year.

Canterbury RFU CEO Hamish Riach welcomed the new stadium, which will see a 17 000 seat temporary grandstand erected and completed in March to begin the Crusaders’ Super Rugby home season.

The All Blacks will also play a Test there against Ireland in June, while the ITM Cup winning Canterbury team will play their home matches at the temporary ground.

Canterbury coach Rob Penney and All Blacks scrumhalf Andy Ellis began the traditional 'first swings' of the diggers on Thursday.