Salvaging 800 seats from Christchurch's demolished Queen
Elizabeth II Stadium could save Lakes Leisure in Queenstown
The outdoor stadium seats at the Queenstown Events Centre,
managed by Lakes Leisure, were installed during the centre's
construction in 1997 and have now come to the end of their
It has been proposed the Queenstown Lakes District Council
consent to moving funding forward so the seats can be bought.
Lakes Leisure had allocated $132,000 in its 2013-14 long-term
plan to replace the outdoor stadium seats and now ''an
opportunity has arisen with the demolition of the QEII
stadium in Christchurch to acquire 800 pre-used seats'', a
report to be discussed at the full council meeting tomorrow
The number includes 50 spare seats.
The seats were said to be in ''excellent condition'' and
could be bought for $62,000 in the current year, the report
''In order to finalise the transaction, council is required
to approve a budget transfer as follows: increasing the
capital grant to Lakes Leisure in 2012-13 by $62,000 and
reducing 2013-14 by 132,666. The overall effect is a budget
saving of $70,666.''
Lakes Leisure events and venues manager Jason Marrable said,
if purchase was approved tomorrow, the seats could arrive in
the second week of January and remedial work to install them
would begin immediately.
It is intended to have the new seats installed before the
England vs New Zealand four-day warm-up cricket match,
scheduled for February 27 to March 2. The old seats, which
consisted of plastic and steel, would be recycled.
The new seats would be a huge improvement in terms of comfort
because they featured a back rest, unlike the current seats,
Mr Marrable said.
Their expected lifespan was between seven and 10 years.