Petone stadium plans unveiled
Phoenix's Gareth Morgan kickstarts project
Is a 12,000-seat stadium in Petone a good idea?
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.
- The Dominion Post
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