The Basin Reserve is ranked as one of the world’s top ten cricket venues, and known as one of New Zealand’s most picturesque and historic cricket grounds.
But its future is far from assured, with competition from an increasing number of grounds around the country.
The Basin Reserve Trust has developed a Masterplan to present a 25-year vision for the future of the ground. The key features of the vision are to retain the premiere test status of the stadium and to enhance the Basin Reserve as a local recreation space for the community.
Redevelopment would include the integration of more usable public space to enhance the "Village Green" feel of the grounds, the installation of flood lights, and developing flexibility in capacity through the use of temporary seating to accommodate a range of sporting and cultural events.
A question remains on the future of the earthquake-prone 1924 pavilion and whether to strengthen the stand or to replace the structure with a tiered embankment that would include public space facilities such as a playground, trees and park seating. Event seating at the ground will be maintained at 9000, but could be increased to 15,000 for major events through the use of temporary seating above the embankment when additional capacity is required.
The Masterplan will be brought to Council for approval later in the year.
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