New AMI Stadium stand to add 4000 seats
Construction of a new temporary stand at Christchurch's AMI Stadium will make 4000 extra seats available for the All Blacks v Ireland test next month.
The New Zealand Rugby Union yesterday announced the construction of a new west stand after tickets to the international test match sold out within hours of going on sale.
NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said he was "delighted" the increased capacity would be in place for the game on June 16.
"From our perspective returning All Blacks test rugby to Christchurch is an important part of acknowledging Canterbury's place on our rugby landscape and approval for this new stand allows more people to see their team in action."
Construction of the stand, to start this week, would also help ease demand on Super Rugby tickets, he said.
Cantabrians showed "great support" for the All Blacks test match but "people were left disappointed when tickets sold out".
The cost of the the new stand is being shared by the NZRU, Canterbury Rugby Football Union and the Economic Development Ministry.
CRFU chief executive Hamish Riach said he was "thrilled" that more rugby fans would be able to see the All Blacks play in Christchurch.
The new stand would be in place for the Crusaders v Highlanders game on June 1 and additional tickets for the match will go on sale today.
The seats in the new stand will all be priced at $60.