WATCH: Architects reveal virtual tour of proposed Auckland sports stadium

Designers of a proposed 50,000-seat sports stadium for downtown Auckland have released a two-minute virtual tour of the development.

Architects Buchan and their design partners HKS say they are working with NZ Rugby and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to develop a vision for the Te Tōangaroa land at Quay Park in Auckland.

The project includes proposals for “a new purpose-built rectangular pitch stadium to provide the All Blacks, the NZ Warriors, Auckland Blues and the new Auckland FC franchise with a world-class home.”

Main photo: The proposed stadium would have stunning views of Auckland’s Rangitoto. Photo credit: HKS Australasia.

See the proposed stadium

The Quay Park proposal is one of four being considered by an Auckland Council working group, which will make a non-binding recommendation to the full council.

The council is expected to decide its preference later in 2024, but with no guarantee any of the plans will go ahead.

Alternatives to the Quay Park proposal are a redevelopment of Eden Park, and new waterfront structures at Bledisloe Wharf and Wynyard Point.

Project director Jim Doyle says the Quay Park development would take up to 15 years to complete but the stadium could be delivered “in five or six years”.

Doyle says the proposed stadium would be ideally located, near the existing Spark Arena indoor stadium, a short walk to transport links including the Britomart centre and within easy reach of Auckland’s downtown.

Speaking to sports broadcaster Martin Devlin on The Platform, former Warriors chief executive Doyle explained what he thinks makes the Quay Park proposal different to previous concepts floated for a new stadium.

Listen to Jim Doyle interview

Here is the full 18-minute interview of Jim Doyle by Martin Devlin:

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How the Quay Park area could look if the development went ahead. Photo credit: HKS Australasia.

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