Te Kaha Stadium
A Christchurch Landmark Supported by Champion Freight
In the heart of the Garden City Christchurch, New Zealand, a remarkable transformation is underway, poised to redefine the city’s sports and entertainment landscape. At the centre of this stands Te Kaha Stadium, a dynamic arena rapidly taking form. Champion Freight, logistics supporters of this endeavour, are honoured to be part of this journey in rebuilding our city.
Te Kaha Stadium’s construction is in full swing, boasting a substantial seating capacity of 30,000, expandable to host up to 36,000 attendees for concerts. This facility is set to cater to a diverse array of events, sporting events, musical performances, conventions, and more. The name “Te Kaha” itself carries profound meaning, embodying the enduring strength and resilience of the local community.
In collaboration with Jinggong Steel, Champion Freight are playing a pivotal role in the logistical operations, overseeing the delivery of 75% of the stadium’s seating bowl and the entire roofing structure. This monumental effort involves the transportation of approximately 900 x 40-foot containers and flat racks of steel over the next two years.
These containers and flat racks are transported from Lyttleton port to Champion Freight’s facility in the Woolston Portlink district. There, each steel structure is carefully unloaded and stored until needed for the Te Kaha construction. This process demands meticulous scheduling and forecasting, as steel may remain in the yard for a period before transport but must be readily available when required. Some of the beams weigh over 7,000kg, and bolts can be as heavy as 20kg each.
Hamish Gain, the Managing Director of Champion Freight, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “At Champion Freight, we take pride in our role in the development of Te Kaha Stadium, the level of planning involved is truly remarkable. As a company deeply rooted in Christchurch, we understand the pivotal role such projects play in enriching our city’s cultural and economic tapestry. Our commitment to supporting initiatives that unify our community remains unwavering, ultimately contributing to making Christchurch an even more vibrant place to live, work, and play.”
Te Kaha Stadium serves as a symbol of hope and progress for Christchurch, embodying the city’s indomitable spirit and its resolve to overcome challenges and embrace a brighter future. The day when Te Kaha Stadium opens its doors to the world promises to be a historic occasion, providing a space where cherished memories can be made and shared.
Gain added, “As the project continues to take shape, we remain devoted to actively participating in Christchurch’s journey towards greatness. We eagerly anticipate celebrating the completion of Te Kaha Stadium alongside our fellow Cantabrians and extending a warm welcome to visitors from across the globe.”
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