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Report - AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park) - Christchurch - August 2014

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by WildBoyz, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    In 1880 the Canterbury Cricket and Athletics Sports Co Ltd. purchased 10 acres of land within an area known as the Lancaster Estate, for £2,841 (approximately £260 per acre). By 1905, however, the Canterbury Cricket Association became the sole owners of the grounds and remained so until 1911, when they once again became co-owners, this time with the Canterbury Rugby Union. Regardless, in 1919 parliament assumed control over the grounds and established the Victory Park Board to manage and undertake responsibility for its management. This change in ownership was principally a result of WW1 which left the club in severe financial difficulty, to such an extent that parts of the grounds were ploughed to farm potatoes in the hope that they would help raise funds to support the continued survival of the club. Nevertheless, under the management of the government the site was developed extensively over the subsequent years and the stands were constructed to hold a capacity of approximately 33,000. In 1995 an additional corporate stand was also constructed and fully completed. It wasn't until 1999 that the stadium moved from the Victory Park Board into the hands of JADE Stadium Limited, a company which was established to take over management of the facilities. Once again the stadium was developed further, increasing the overall capacity to roughly 38,500. The final redevelopments occurred in preparation for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, at a cost of $60 million, and the capacity was raised to 43,000. If the grounds had been fully completed it would have been the second largest stadium in New Zealand; second to Eden Park in Auckland. A final detail, for those wondering about the conflicting signs - indicative of a name entirely different to the 'Jade Stadium - in its final years, through sponsorship rights with AMI Insurance Limited, the facility briefly became known as AMI Stadium. Although it was primarily a rugby and cricket ground, over the years the stadium operated it has hosted a number of significant events ranging from various sporting events to a variety of concerts; Bon Jovi, Roger Walters, Meat Loaf, Tina Turner, U2, Dire Straits and Billy Joel, to name but a few. As the situation stands now, although the council had the stadium insured for $140 million, discussions are currently ongoing as the insurance company and engineers argue that the structure can be fully repaired and strengthened. The council suggest that it is uneconomical to fix the existing facility due to the extent of the damage in the land and surrounding stands.

    And there we were, travelling through Christchurch, staring at the surroundings incredulously when we stumbled across AMI Stadium. Against the rest of the destruction this particular site stood superficially solid in its appearance, as something that should have been representative of a dominant symbol in a city aspiring to prosper. As we moved in for a closer look it was clear that the stadium had suffered a similar fate to the rest of the city, as the cracks within its frame suddenly became blatantly visible to the eye. Going along with the spontaneity of the moment we decided, contrary to the cameras and secca in the area, that we'd attempt to get into the stadium and absorb the magnificent views of the stands and former centre pitch. We were right in our decision to attempt it as the views and atmosphere inside the monolith were arresting. This is perhaps the only time I've sat in a stadium and taken in absolute silence, inciting a feeling that's a conflicting mix between fact and fantasy. Once again, an additional thanks to Nillskill and Urbex Central for their part in the explore.

    1: The AMI Stadium from The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

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    2: Access Way to Pitch

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    3: AMI Stadium Sponsorship Sign

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    4: The Bush on the Pitch

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    5: Pitch Maintenance Vehicle

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    6: Walkway Outside of Stands

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    7: Express Food and Drink

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    8: Door Twenty-Four

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    9: Top Floor Walkway

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    10: The AMI Stadium Overview

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    11: One Hell of a Lot of Seats

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    12: The Stadium and Beyond

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    13: A View Inside the Restroom

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    14: Up on the Lighting Scaffolding

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    15: Lighting Walkway

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    16: Lighting Ladder (To the Top)

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    17: Capturing a Whole Stand

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    18: The Way Out

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    19: Stands A-G

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    20: Seating with Old Barrier

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    21: Old Turnstiles

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    22: Emergency Equipment

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    23: The AMI Stadium Stands

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    24: The Rear Stand

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    25: McDonalds Sponsorship Sign

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    26: Outside View of AMI Stadium

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    27: Outside View of AMI Stadium

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  2. PCWOX

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    Very nice that mate.:thumb What a waste of a good looking stadium!
     
  3. Will Knot

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    As above....what a waste.....nice report there and great pics :thumb
     
  4. ACID- REFLUX

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    Nice ones mate :thumb again :D

    Reminded me of Wilderspool Stadium in Warrington.....well a little ;)
     
  5. krissigalores

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    Love your use of B&W on this. Such a vast property.. Must have taken ages to walk around!
     
  6. WildBoyz

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    Thanks for all the replies folks :thumb It did indeed take a while to get around the whole thing.
     
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