530 foundation piles driven to a typical depth of 16.5-18 metres.
3,200 tonnes of structural steel and 2,000 tonnes of steel reinforcing
22,000 cubic metres of excavated fill
524 precast concrete seating bleachers in South and North Stands (1,840mconcrete)
1,000 precast concrete flooring units in South and North Stands (11,343m3 floor area using 1,500m3 concrete).
For a main pitch event, the overall venue capacity is 30,500 fans:
South Stand 10,800
North Stand 8,500
West Stand 6,000
East Stand 5,200
In major concert mode, the venue capacity is 35-38,000 fans.
Four stands around a rectangular pitch (South, North, West, East)
The Main South Stand has 5 levels including 2 seating tiers
5 lounges and 21 Corporate Suites (South Stand)
12 food and beverage outlets/bars (8 on South Stand, 4 on North Stand, plus additional outlets on East and West Stands).
The Stadium footprint (including buildings, pitch and service yards but excluding University Plaza) is 31,050m2 (3.1 hectares or 7.7 acres).
The main roof construction occurs during 2010. The following is an indicative order of construction, actual timings may differ in accordance with the overall construction programme:
Forsyth Barr Stadium will have the first ever permanent roof over a natural playing surface using cushions of ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) inflated with low-pressure air. ETFE is a transparent thermoplastic polymer chosen for its properties of being lightweight (around 1-2% the weight of glass), resilient, self-cleaning (as its surface is non-stick) and able to transmit sunlight. Grass is able to grow underneath ETFE, as it lets in around 95% of UV from sunlight. The roof structure is also designed to maximise sunlight, angled towards the north to optimise sun in the Southern Hemisphere winter.
Forsyth Barr Stadium will be New Zealand’s largest indoor arena. The internal height of roof has been carefully designed to allow room for rugby balls to be kicked. The highest up-and-under rugby kick observed in international and Super 14 games at sea level was 29.4 metres, well within the roof height on the centre line of the pitch at 37 metres. By way of comparison, the usual height of rugby goalposts is around 16 metres.