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New indoor sports facility could be downsized after multimillion-dollar shortfall – Stuff.co.nz

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Christchurch Netball Centre is looking at moving its base away from Hagley Park. It wants to build a new indoor facility at Ngā Puna Wai sports hub in Wigram.

A new indoor sports facility for Christchurch could be downsized to reduce its $19 million price tag.

The Netsal Sports Centre, which would become a home for netball and futsal (a variation of indoor football), was originally planned as a 10-court facility, but could be reduced to eight courts in a bid to save $3m to $4m.

Progress on the 9000-square-metre facility is slowly inching towards fruition with a main contractor expected to be chosen by Christmas – two years after the centre was first mooted by the Christchurch Netball Centre (CNC) and Mainland Football.

The centre, which would be built at Ngā Puna Wai sports hub in Wigram, was expected to be completed by mid-2023.

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A $21.5m indoor sports centre, built by Selwyn District Council, opened in Rolleston, on May 2. (First published April 2021)

An unnamed benefactor has contributed $10m towards the project, New Zealand Lotteries has granted $500,000, and New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) announced this week it was contributing $750,000, which would be spent on sprung wooden flooring.

The Christchurch City Council approved a $500,000 loan in October 2020 and earlier that year it granted a 33-year lease for land at Ngā Puna Wai.

But the project is facing a $7.2m shortfall.

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An artist’s impression of the new $20m Netsal centre planned for Christchurch’s Ngā Puna Wai.

CNC board chairwoman Anna Galvan said the sale of the existing centre at Hagley Park to the city council would provide more money. The board was also looking at raising money from other funding organisations and community fundraising.

Early estimations put the cost of 10 courts at $19m, but that could reduce to $15m or $16m by building only eight courts. There would be the ability to add two more courts at a later date.

“We’ll know more once the tender process is completed.”

Galvan said the centre would have an immediate, significant, and positive impact on Christchurch, which was lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of quality indoor facilities.

The lack of facilities in the city was partly due to the long-term impacts of the earthquakes, but also reflected a lack of available funding, she said.</…….

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/126848932/new-indoor-sports-facility-could-be-downsized-after-multimilliondollar-shortfall

Iain McGregor/Stuff

Christchurch Netball Centre is looking at moving its base away from Hagley Park. It wants to build a new indoor facility at Ngā Puna Wai sports hub in Wigram.

A new indoor sports facility for Christchurch could be downsized to reduce its $19 million price tag.

The Netsal Sports Centre, which would become a home for netball and futsal (a variation of indoor football), was originally planned as a 10-court facility, but could be reduced to eight courts in a bid to save $3m to $4m.

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Iain McGregor/Stuff

Christchurch Netball Centre is looking at moving its base away from Hagley Park. It wants to build a new indoor facility at Ngā Puna Wai sports hub in Wigram.

A new indoor sports facility for Christchurch could be downsized to reduce its $19 million price tag.

The Netsal Sports Centre, which would become a home for netball and futsal (a variation of indoor football), was originally planned as a 10-court facility, but could be reduced to eight courts in a bid to save $3m to $4m.

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