Queen Elizabeth II Park
|Location||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Christchurch United (1974–2011)
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.
Queen Elizabeth II Park 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 Canterbury Wizards. It was one of the stadiums used to host the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's 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, five 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 Lancaster Park was to be used for Rugby sevens as well as opening and closing ceremonies. The February 2011 earthquake that 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.
In March 2012, Christchurch City Council released reports showing that the facilities at Queen Elizabeth II Park were beyond repair. The demolition of the stadium and pool complex began in August 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Queen Elizabeth II Park.|
- Espiner, Colin (16 March 2010). "Government rejects Auckland Commonwealth Games support". The Press. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Engineering reports for Centennial and QEII Park Recreation and Sport Centres made available" (Press release). Christchurch City Council. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Xth British Commonwealth Games 1974". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 6 October 2014.