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Auckland stadium decision came down to two options

The main options for Auckland’s stadium have reached a feasibility stage and two of the proposed projects were preferred in a vote at yesterday’s Auckland Council governing body meeting.

The recommended options are that Eden Park 2.1 (Eden Park Trust) and Te Tōangaroa/Quay Park (Te Tōangaroa Trust) be assessed against the status quo.

Eden Park 2.1 involves renovating the current stadium including a new north stand; improvements to the East and West stands; a new footbridge over Sandringham Road; and a retractable roof.

Te Tōangaroa’s bid proposes a new 15-hectare urban quarter at Quay Park, bounded by Spark Arena and Quay St, on Ngāti Whātua land, in the former Auckland Railways yard.

The feasibility studies must be completed within six months, at the expense of the two options.

The two options that didn’t make the cut were the “Sunken Stadium” bid and the Wynyard Point Stadium bid.

The group behind the Wynyard Point proposal said its bid had the benefit of its proximity to ferry and bus services and Britomart train station, which could transport 76,000 people an hour when the stadium was completed.

Councilor Shane Henderson, Chair of the Stadium Facilities Working Group, said: “The four shortlisted options demonstrated innovative ideas and a strong dedication to Tāmaki Makaurau and the unique qualities of Aotearoa, showing the caliber and vision required for a civic space. important like this. “

“We have informed the unsuccessful applicants of this decision and I thank them for their innovative solutions and valuable contributions to this process.”

“The process so far balances the need to move quickly so that we can provide certainty to participants in the process, while ensuring that any decisions are informed by strong expert input.”

Ideas presented to council for a national stadium called for there to be little or no cost to taxpayers and could provide a “world-class, future-proof, multi-use major stadium that will deliver economic benefits to Aucklanders”.

Investment firm Goldman Sachs was backing Te Tōangaroa’s bid, although the railway tracks were owned by Kiwirail and permission would be needed to build on them.

Auckland Museum’s protected viewing points also needed to be considered, along with the need to realign Quay Street.

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