Home to the New Zealand Warriors, and having hosted some of the world’s best bands and artists, Mt Smart Stadium needed to be upgraded, to accommodate growing crowds.
The new East Stand replaces a temporary structure, and seats 8000 spectators, with 6000 under shelter. This project encompassed four factors; simplicity, flexibility, functionality, and cost, which we achieved through innovative designs that make the most of the available space.
The East Stand presented an opportunity to move spectators closer to the field, and improve sight lines, creating a more exciting spectator experience. By stitching the concrete bleachers to the ranking beams, we reduced large amounts of cross bracing, which significantly reduced our client’s costs.
As part of the redeveloped East Stand, a large networking lounge provides stand spectators with food and beverage during events. Eight private suites provide multi-purpose spaces for conferences and meetings during low season. The space under the stand is utilised to create additional areas for the stadium’s tenants, including offices, a gym for team training, and additional function spaces.