Hagley Oval Pavilion_RoofHagley Oval Pavilion installs it’s crowning glory

This week marked a significant milestone in the development of Hagley Oval with the completion of the    roof for the new Hagley Oval Pavilion.

The floating tensile roof, which sees 2.5 tonnes of fabric being put into place, will cover the pavilion which remains on schedule for completion in September.

The pavilion project is being delivered by the Canterbury Cricket Trust on behalf of Canterbury Cricket. Trust chairman Lee Robinson said, “The roof is a culmination of many months of hard work and its completion marks a key milestone in the development of the Pavilion. It is a truly phenomenal design that will enhance the iconic status of this sporting venue and will help to lock in Hagley Oval as a world-famous sporting venue.”

“With the deluges of rain that Christchurch has had over the last few months it is a real credit to the construction team that the build is still scheduled to be completed in September. Special thanks also needs to go to our funding partners and supporters, particularly to the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board who granted over $1 million towards the Pavilion. This has enabled us to fund the construction of the Pavilion roof” says Robinson.

Christchurch’s Hagley Oval has the honour of hosting the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on February 14. Canterbury will also host the opening ceremony, two other pool matches and two warm up matches in the days leading up to the World Cup.

So far over 100 builders have been on site, 120 cubic metres of concrete has been laid for the foundations and over 36 tonnes of structural steel utilised.

Canterbury Cricket Chief Executive, Lee Germon said he is delighted to see the world class venue coming to fruition. “We have a fantastic summer of cricket ahead of us with the first Boxing Day test in more than a decade, and a first for the South Island, being held at Hagley Oval, not to mention the ICC Cricket World Cup games which are now only 196 days away.”

“It was vital for us that the Pavilion offers and incredible viewing experience for cricket fans and I think that will become ever clearer as the build nears completion. We are wholly committed to delivering an international quality home for cricket in Canterbury and a world class venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. With the roof going on you can really start to get an understanding now of how the ground will feel” says Germon.

Membership packages for the new Pavilion are now on sale. Membership into the Pavilion will secure supporters a seat for the next five years and members will have varying rights to all Canterbury Cricket Association games, New Zealand Cricket inter nation games and all ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 games held at the Hagley Oval (conditions apply).

The Hagley Pavilion will also be available for use by other sporting and community groups.