Exclusive: Inside Lancaster Park one last time

Lancaster Park was once Christchurch's sporting fortress, but the former home of Canterbury rugby and cricket is destined for demolition in 2017.

So, we took a final tour of the famous sporting venue and spoke to three former sportsmen about their most memorable moments whilst playing there.

The 2011 Christchurch earthquakes devastated the region and changed sport in Canterbury forever.

Lancaster Park was first opened in 1881 named after the landowner Benjamin Lancaster.

Over the past 135 years the venue has had three different names, Lancaster Park, Jade Stadium and AMI Stadium.

During World War One it was turned into a potato farm to raise money to keep the grounds open.

However it wasn't only sports that were held there, global superstars such as U2, Dire Straits and Bon Jovi have performed there in the past.

With the 2011 Rugby World Cup later in the year, the stadium had a redevelopment of more than $60 million to build a new stand.

After the February 2011 earthquakes the stadium was closed and missed out on hosting any games in the tournament.

Since then no other events have been held there and it has been sitting in its current derelict state for the past six years.

Video produced by Calkin Rameka and Bob Grieve.