League park Crusaders' new home

PAUL GORMAN
Last updated 11:22 08/09/2011
Rugby League Park
JOSEPH JOHNSON

NEW DIGS: Addington's Rugby League Park will be the home of the Crusaders Super rugby team for the forseeable future.

Rugby League Park
JOSEPH JOHNSON
NEW DIGS: Addington's Rugby League Park will be the home of the Crusaders Super rugby team for the forseeable future.

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Rugby League Park will be the new home for the Crusaders and a possible rugby test venue for Christchurch.

Christchurch City councillors today approved a proposal for a temporary 18,600-seat stadium at the Addington venue, which will replace the earthquake-damaged AMI Stadium for now.

Ratepayers may have to pay up to $1 million to get the park into shape for rugby, rugby league and football games.

New turf, lighting and player facilities will be installed at the park.

Cr Sue Wells said it was a "great solution" as the Crusaders could not be expected to travel vast distances around the world again next season because they had no home ground.

Mayor Bob Parker agreed. "Who would stand in the way of this?"

The Canterbury Rugby Football League is the council's existing tenant and has agreed to sub-lease the ground to the Canterbury Rugby Football Union for up to six years.

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