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 Scotland coach enters his first Six Nations with at least one familiar face to look to for inspiration - Joe Schmidt. He chats to Tom Hamilton
Italy coach Jacques Brunel spoke to ESPN ahead of his final season as Italy coach and tells of his desire to experiment and evolve
"There's no bull with me, I just tell it straight." Tom Hamilton talks to Warren Gatland in an exclusive interview
With the retirement of Adam Jones, Welsh rugby says goodbye to a great player and one of its biggest personalities too, writes Tom Hamilton