No Rugby World Cup games for Christchurch

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March 16 (BusinessDesk) – Earthquake damage to the AMI Stadium means the Rugby World Cup games scheduled to be played in Christchurch will now be transferred to other venues, with quarter-finals going to Auckland’s Eden Park.

No Rugby World Cup games for Christchurch

March 16 (BusinessDesk) – Earthquake damage to the AMI Stadium means the Rugby World Cup games scheduled to be played in Christchurch will now be transferred to other venues, with quarter-finals going to Auckland’s Eden Park.

Ticket-holders will be offered refunds or tickets to other matches after the stadium operator, VBase, said it couldn’t guarantee the venue would be ready in time for the tournament in September because timelines for repairs were too tight.

“This has been a hard decision for all involved, given the place of Canterbury in New Zealand rugby and the tremendous enthusiasm and support that the people of Christchurch have displayed for RWC 2011,” said IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset, who travelled to the city for today’s announcement.

The decision was unanimously supported by the International Rugby Board, the New Zealand government, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and tournament organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011 (RNZ 2011).

Among risks identified at the ground were the requirement for ongoing investigation that might reveal the need for further work in relation to structures and playing surface; the complexity of a work programme that includes superficial and structural repairs and full replacement of the playing surface; availability of resources and timeliness of securing consents, and the impact of ongoing aftershocks.

(BusinessDesk)

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