Petone stadium plans unveiled

An artist's impression of the proposed stadium in Petone.
An artist's impression of the proposed stadium in Petone.
WHEN SMALLER IS BIGGER: Alister Skene and Gareth Morgan at the Petone Rec - the proposed site for the Petone Arena.
WHEN SMALLER IS BIGGER: Alister Skene and Gareth Morgan at the Petone Rec - the proposed site for the Petone Arena.
An artist's impression of the proposed stadium in Petone.
An artist's impression of the proposed stadium in Petone.
An artist's impression of the proposed stadium in Petone.
An artist's impression of the proposed stadium in Petone.

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.

An artist's impression of the proposed stadium.
An artist's impression of the proposed stadium.

The Dominion Post