Queen Elizabeth II Park
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|Queen Elizabeth II Park|
|Location||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Christchurch United (1974-present)
1974 British Commonwealth Games
Queen Elizabeth II Park was a multi-use stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand. The stadium had a capacity of 25,000 people. It was built in 1973, to host the 1974 British Commonwealth Games in which a temporary 10,000 seat western stand was erected for the event taking capacity to 35000. The Stadium had been damaged after the 2010 Canterbury Earthquake but was able to reopen, but was severely damaged beyond repair after the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake which has damaged the running track and recreation complex.
It contained a running track, as well as a public swimming and diving pool. There is also a cricket ground, behind the main complex, called "The Village Green", which was the home of the District's first class cricket team, the State Canterbury Wizards. It was one of the Stadiums used to host the 2008 Women's U17 World Cup. The Christchurch Kids Weet-Bix triathlon was held here each year.
It was used for greyhound racing and hosts many other local and international events. In its last years, used mostly for a resurgence in athletics and football matches.
It was used as the main stadium for the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships after repairs from the 2010 earthquake had cleared the facility for use.
A fun park was located adjacent to the pool between the 1980s and early 2000s. The park consisted of Drive World a mini street where visitors could ride mini bikes or mini vehicles around the streets, a mini golf course, a maze, 5 lane super slide and for a time a mini roller coaster.
The Christchurch City Council had launched a feasibility study into returning the Commonwealth Games to the city in 2018 with QEII Park being used for Athletics and Swimming events, however the much larger capacity AMI Stadium was to be used for Rugby Sevens as well as Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The February 2011 earthquake which devastated the city, ended plans for this event to reach fruition, also Prime Minister John Key was against New Zealand placing a bid for the 2018 games.
The stadium and pool complex was demolished in 2012 after engineering reports found it beyond repair.
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