Hadlee Stand first to go at AMI
January 13, 2012
The AMI Stadium was severely damaged in the February earthquake © Getty Images
The Hadlee Stand will be pulled down at Christchurch's AMI Stadium and doubts remain over the future of the whole ground.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has issued the Christchurch council with a demolition notice for the Hadlee Stand. The news comes as a result of the damage sustained in February's earthquake which caused vast destruction to the city of Christchurch.
But with the Crusaders set to return to the city for their 2012 Super Rugby campaign - although at a different ground - the future of the historical AMI Stadium is still up in the air. The council's community services manager John Filsell told the Star Canterbury that - "The council is still working through engineering options, and recommendations will be presented to the council for a decision".
The indecision over the stadium is also reflected by Cantebury Rugby CEO Hamish Riach. When asked whether rugby would ever return to the stadium he said: "I don't know. We need to trust the experts to tell us.
"Until we get the experts' view, it's all a bit premature. We are waiting for the official word."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The All Blacks' form is not a peaking issue, but Hansen must threaten to wield his axe, to demand improvement, Craig Dowd writes
"It has been the World Cup that smashed down the gender barriers of the sport." Tom Hamilton looks back at a remarkable tournament
A selection of the best pictures from England's historic World Cup triumph in Paris as they beat Canada 21-9
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Women's World Cup, the opening round of the Top 14 and the Rugby Championship