Stadium Challenge

AMI Stadium

 About AMI Stadium

Following the Canterbury Earthquake of 22 February 2011, a new temporary AMI Stadium was constructed.  The 18,000 seat stadium was constructed in 11 weeks and the new home of the Crusaders was created.  

The project was more than delivery of a temporary stadium – the new facility stands as evidence that Christchurch is recovering.

On Saturday 24 March 2012, when the Crusaders ran onto the field in their first home game since the Christchurch earthquakes significantly damaged the former AMI Stadium, the Canterbury crowd had some real pride to stand tall with the new temporary stadium.


After just 11 weeks of intense work and long hours, the Christchurch Stadium was open and ready for action. The new facility is flexible enough to be used not just for rugby, but all sporting events, as well as a concert venue. Equipped to international sport standards, the stadium has the potential to increase its capacity to 25,000 for a major event, such as a rugby test match.


Recycling of materials was part of the projects agenda with the following materials recycled:

  • The lighting towers came from the grounds at Carisbrook in Dunedin
  • The turf was laid, recycled and harvested from AMI Stadium
  • Food and beverage portacoms and some seating used during the Rugby World Cup were transported from Eden Park for use at the new stadium.
  • A large screen for televised commentary was originally destined for the original AMI Stadium.

Not only is AMI Stadium the home of the Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby it is now the venue for Stadium Challenge in Christchurch.