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Sporting future . . . An artist's impression of the Waimakriri District's new stadium being built in Coldstream Road, Rangiora. IMAGE:: Supplied

By SHELLEY TOPP

Christchurch architectural company Warren and Mahoney has released a virtual fly-through tour of its design for Stadium Waimakariri.

The video can be seen on the Waimakariri District Council’s website.

It gives viewers a sense of scale of the building, while also showcasing the main four-court facility and some of the other smaller multi-use spaces.

Construction of the $28 million stadium stalled because of building restrictions during the Covid-19 level-4 lockdown.

However, building activity will be allowed to resume under the level-3 lockdown, which came into force this week, provided workers can maintain safe physical distancing.

The four courts inside the new 6000-square-metre stadium are being configured for futsal, handball, korfball, volleyball, netball, badminton and basketball.

The stadium will also house a central fitness facility, changing rooms, and coaching and meeting spaces. It is designed to seat about 500 spectators.

It is being built by Leighs Construction on Coldstream Rd, Rangiora, near the MainPower cricket oval, Waimakariri all-weather hockey turf and the Maria Andrews Park football ground.

Other land nearby is earmarked for a proposed tennis facility.

The stadium will be run by the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust.

The facility is expected to open mid next year.