Huge new stadium proposed for Auckland

  • 19/05/2018
Huge new stadium proposed for Auckland
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A new billion-dollar stadium, complete with retractable roof and room for up to 65,000 spectators, has been proposed for downtown Auckland.

Auckland Council is discussing the plan with the Government, NZME reports, which would cost between $1.1b and $1.5b.

NZME says it could hold 25,000 spectators for Super Rugby and NRL matches. For All Blacks and international tests, or big concerts, it could be configured to fit up to 55,000 and 65,000 fans respectively.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff told NZME there are six locations where a new stadium could be built. Mr Goff has previously indicated the land beside Spark Arena would be preferable.

"We need to plan for the future. It's about what we want Auckland and New Zealand to look like in 10, 20, 30 years' time," Mr Goff said.

After discussing the plans with Sports Minister Grant Robertson, both agreed there are currently other priorities for such money. But Mr Goff did tell NZME when another major sports event is confirmed here, like a Rugby World Cup or Commonwealth Games, it will need to be seriously considered.