Why we’re upgrading the Arena
Central Energy Trust Arena serves the largest regional population in New Zealand (240,000). It has the greatest usage days per year and attracts the largest number of paying patrons.
While some of the Arena’s facilities are operating well, others need improvement. We have a masterplan to improve the Arena. The first phase is the introduction of all-weather surfaces. These officially open on Friday 11 October and dramatically enhance the usability of these spaces.
The next three phases have been approved by Council and will continue into 2020. This includes improving the capacity of Arena 1 along the southern and western embankments. The current sense of arrival at the Arena is poor, with ill-defined entrances, poor-quality fencing, plantings, gates and building frontages. Through this project, land on the corner of Waldegrave and Cuba Streets will become a welcoming entrance and meeting place, while the continuing Cuba Street redevelopment will greatly enhance the connection between the city centre and the Arena.
You can read more about the rationale behind the project and what we aim to achieve in the Central Energy Trust Arena Masterplan.
- Increased participation in sport and recreation
- Showcases how the city and region values sports, activity and social connection
- Reinforces the Arena as one of the best multi-sport facilities in New Zealand
- A fit-for-purpose facility with overlapping functions
- Increased capacity to support sell-out Speedway events
- An attractive facility that will encourage promoters to bring high profile entertainment events to Manawatū
- Improved seating standards and capacity to meet the needs of high profile events and provide an improved viewing experience for fans
- Attracts international, national and local sports competitions and tournaments for all ages
Completed: All-weather turf
Cuba Street entrance (programme 1083)
A welcoming, attractive entrance plaza will draw visitors to the main Arena entrance and ticket gates. A landscaped pedestrian concourse will connect with Arena 5 and, potentially, hospitality and commercial office space (we're undertaking feasibility studies for this phase of the project).
Resource consent for this project was granted in October 2019. We'll issue a request for tenders at the end of October and engage the successful contractor in December.
Physical works are scheduled for March to October 2020.
Speedway pits (programme 1082)
New speedway pit facilities will be developed along the southern side of the Arena complex behind the proposed new grandstand, directly adjacent to Cuba Street. These facilities will include a mixture of green space, concrete and asphalt, as well as services paramount to successful speedway operation, such as water, power and lighting.
Resource consent for this project was granted in October 2019. We'll call for tenders at the end of October and engage the successful contractor in December.
Physical works are scheduled for January to October 2020.
Embankment redevelopment (programme 1534)
Phase one of this project will connect the embankment to the existing grandstand. The south embankment will supply services such as toilets, food and beverage mobile units and a hardstand area for current seating.
We plan to build a new grandstand on top of this structure in future (subject to securing external funding).
Resource consent for this project was granted in October 2019. We're calling for tenders for phase one at the end of October, and plan to engage a successful contractor in December.
Physical works for phase one are scheduled for March to October 2020.
There are two potential additional projects that strongly link with the speedway pits and the embankment and entrance plaza:
- A new south grandstand
- A commercial building linked to the plaza bridge
We’ve carried out initial concept designs for these projects because they interlink with the three current projects.