Christchurch first NZ city to be ready for Rugby World Cup 2011

The hallowed ground of what locals still call Lancaster Park - at the AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Yesterday ( 23rd  Jan 2010)  despite the showers and an unseasonbly  cool summer  Saturday,  Cantabrians turned out to check out, and welcome  the new Deans Stand.  Redevelopment of the AMI stadium, home of the  Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby and cricket, was completed late last year – slightly ahead of schedule – so Christchurch is the first city to have it’s staduim ready for the the RWC 2011. ( Seems Rugby League and Soccer -football in the nthn hemisphere – will play here too soon.)

Hadlee Stand from the new Deans Stand
Deans Stand

The 13,523-seat Deans Stand, with a 32-metre-long roof and standing 33m high, gives the stadium a permanent capacity of 38,628: temporary seating for the World Cup raises it to 45,000.  See what TV1 and TV3 have to say about it.

Cantabrians are known in New Zealand as being one-eyed as we support our local team no matter what! Of course  that is very easy — after all we supply many players to the All Blacks, and our number 7 (Ritchie McCaw) is the world’s number 1!

Miss World NZ checks it out too - in her trendy RUGBY GIRL clothes

Magdalena Schoeman, Miss World NZ 2009, who will represent NZ at the Miss World finals in Jo’burg  SA was among the visitors at AMI Stadium – appropriately wearing the fashionable rugby girl label.

An open day brings the locals to check out the new Deans Stand - 23rd January 2010

Author: Heather - the kiwi travel writer

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3 thoughts on “Christchurch first NZ city to be ready for Rugby World Cup 2011”

  1. Hi Heather
    It gives me “goosebumps” just looking at your photos, reminds me of summer days back in the U.K.!!.

    Is the stadium for Aussie rules football, or Western style soccer?.
    Best Wishes


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