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Pieces of Lancaster Park up for offer

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/06/2017

Community and sporting groups are being given the chance to get their hands on a piece of what was once one of New Zealand's great sporting arenas.

Earthquake-damaged Lancaster Park in Christchurch is being taken down and venue management company Vbase is seeking new homes for items that can be salvaged.

Vbase general manager Darren Burden says articles such as chairs, tables, lights, doors and gates could be put to good use.

"There may also be items of a more sentimental nature that different groups might have an interest in because they hold special meaning," he said.

Mr Burdon said there had already been approaches from people inquiring about parts of the stadium.

To ensure fairness, a "request for information" process had been set up with interested parties having a deadline of June 23 to outline in writing what they wanted and why.

Lancaster Park was the scene of some of New Zealand's great sporting moments, but has sat unused since the devastating February 2011 earthquake.

In March, Christchurch City Council approved the stadium's deconstruction, with as much material as possible to be salvaged or recycled.

The decision was made after the council received a report that returning the venue to Test rugby standard would cost up to $275 million.

Deconstruction is due to start in December and take 12 to 14 months.

The Lancaster Park war memorial gates, built to commemorate the Canterbury athletes who served in World War I, will be protected and preserved.

"Request for information" link: https://ccc.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Rec-Sport/Rec-Sport-facilities/Lancaster-Park-RFI-Public-Final.pdf

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