Petone stadium plans unveiled

Phoenix's Gareth Morgan kickstarts project

Last updated 13:26 17/02/2014
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Plans have been unveiled for a new 12,000 seat "boutique stadium" in Petone.

Petone Arena, at the site of the Petone Rec, would cost between $44 and $48 million, Wellington Phoenix co-owner Gareth Morgan said today.

The Hutt City Council will be asked to come up with $25 million.

Mr Morgan said the stadium would provide a unique fan experience.

"This is an exciting development for Wellington."

It was hoped Petone Arena would be ready for the 2016-17 season.

Speculation over whether the Phoenix could move away from Westpac Stadium has grown after public criticism of stadium facilities from team co-owner Gareth Morgan this month.

Community Facilities Trust chairman Alister Skene said the ground would also hold events such as concerts.

There were no plans for a roof due to cost.

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said the public would be consulted through the council's Annual Plan process.

The Phoenix were enjoying a good run of form but yesterday crashed to a 5-0 defeat to Melbourne Heart at Westpac Stadium before a crowd of 9726.

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