Wednesday, June 22, 2011

AMI Stadium, June 13 Christchurch Quake

Images, quake damaged Wilsons Rd & Stevens St:

22.06.11. June 13 quake, Wilsons Rd view of AMI Stadium

Wed 22.06.11. Four months post deadly 22.02.11 quake, I wandered roads around Christchurch's AMI Stadium for the first time since the June 13, mag 6.3 quake, another liquefaction quake.

I parked my car on Wilsons Rd, close to Ferry Rd corner & wandered around AMI Stadium: liquefactioned Stevens St, Falsgrave St, Lismore St, back to Wilsons Rd.

Like post Feb 22 quake, grey liquefaction mud was still in house gardens, along roadsides, pavements & driveways, thick in places. Some businesses around AMI Stadium were open, some closed, some relocated due to quake damages.


22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned house opp AMI Stadium, Stevens St

It was a cold winter morn, with grey sky, time I coolpixed before grey liquefaction mud was cleaned up again. Post Feb 22 quake, I'd driven around AMI Stadium to look at liquefaction damages, but didn't stop.


22.06.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake, liquefactioned AMI Stadium, Stevens St









22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned businesses near AMI Stadium, Stevens St


In the 16 years I'd lived in Christchurch, AMI Stadium had other names: Lancaster Park & Jade Stadium, depending on owners, or advertisers. Presently liquefactioned Kelly Motors, Lismore St, advertised prominently on liquefactioned AMI Stadium. AMI was an insurer yet stadium turf wasn't insured against an act of God. (Mainland Press 22.06.11).


22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned businesses near AMI Stadium, Stevens St








AMI Stadium was recently returned to Council ownership, after Vbase events company lost Town Hall, Convention Centre & AMI Stadium to quake closures, resultant non events & big debt.

Images, quake damaged Falsgrave St:


22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned cnr Stevens St / Falsgrave St near AMI Stadium


22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned businesses near AMI Stadium, Falsgrave St






Images, quake damaged Lismore St:

22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned cnr Falsgrave St / Lismore St, near AMI Stadium

Ratepayers would have to pay AMI Stadium revamp debt - $45 million (Christchurch Mail). Post Feb 22 quake, Vbase lost Rugby World Cup 2011 fixtures, due to liquefaction damaged AMI Stadium. So other NZ cities benefitted from Christchurch quake losses.

As not everyone living in Christchurch was interested in rugby or benefitted from rugby it begged the question: Why must ratepayers for years hence pay rates to bail out numbskull Vbase managers & rugby managers too stupid to insure their own turf?

Dec 2015. The Press reported that Council would be paid a global $635 million to cover Christchurch Council's quake damaged assets. Council was so dumb under mayor Dalziel, Council let insurers off paying $285 million insurance shortfall out of $920 million total claim. Never mind pre quakes Council had under insured Council assets. What on earth was Dalziel's Council thinking?


22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned Lismore St near AMI Stadium






22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned businesses near AMI Stadium, Lismore St








22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction mud cleared from Lismore St pavement by AMI Stadium


22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned AMI Stadium, Lismore St

I passed a tourist bloke trying to sneak through an AMI Stadium back gate, Lismore St side, but he was turfed out by a security bloke. Another security bloke, in yellow, Hi Vis jacket, hovered by locked gates, on Lismore St & Wilsons Rd corner. Another security bloke, in yellow, Hi Vis jacket, patrolled Stevens St by locked gates. What were they they hiding?

AMI Stadium stood locked, closed for years post quakes, while authorities dithered about strengthening & raising concrete stands, with new fangled engineering on a grand scale. Sounded like more money wastage on severely liquefactioned ground.


22.06.11. June 13 quake, portaloo & quake tourist, liquefactioned back gate, AMI Stadium, Lismore St


22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction volcanoes on grass by AMI Stadium, Lismore St




22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned businesses, Lismore St


Images, quake damaged Wilsons Rd:

22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction mud cleared from cnr Lismore St / Wilsons Rd by AMI Stadium



22.06.11. June 13 quake, portaloo & liquefactioned housing, Wilsons Rd near AMI Stadium



22.06.11. June 13 quake, view down liquefactioned Wilsons Rd by AMI Stadium


22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction mud by AMI Stadium, Wilsons Rd



22.06.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake, tilted AMI Stadium, Wilsons Rd


Viewed from Lismore St / Wilsons Rd corner, AMI Stadium had a distinct lean. High concrete panels were tilted with gaps between.

I saw that concrete panel / tilt slab quake damage all over Christchurch. After quakes, most concrete panels or tilt slabs looked OK, but were pulled apart by quakes, with gaps between. Some gaps were so big, I could put my hand through gaps. The sealer between concrete panels / tilt slabs was stretched & pulled apart by quakes.


22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned housing by AMI Stadium, Wilsons Rd







22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned AMI Stadium, Wilsons Rd



I saw several grey liquefaction volcanoes on AMI Stadium perimeter grass, Lismore St & Wilsons Rd sides. Ami Stadium pavements were cleared of grey mud. AMI Stadium was dead, gates closed, locked, useless since the Feb 22 quake. MMVIII was etched on a high concrete wall on new stands.

Portaloos were on Wilsons Rd pavement. A sewage, sucker truck was parked below the stands. Abiding memory of AMI Stadium that morn - grey sky, grey mud, grey stadium, grey pavements, grey roads. Deadly grey.


22.06.11. June 13 quake, cnr Wilsons Rd / Stevens St by liquefactioned AMI Stadium


22.06.11. June 13 quake, portaloo by pub, cnr Wilsons Rd / Stevens St by AMI Stadium


22.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned housing near AMI Stadium, Wilsons Rd near Ferry Rd



Early 2012: Costing $30 million, former Rugby League Park stadium, Addington, was converted to "new" AMI Stadium for Crusaders to have a home again. (The Press 30.04.12). Thereafter most of Crusaders' "home" games were played out of Christchurch.

2016. AMI Stadium was still closed.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See New Christchurch rugby stadium pulls a crowd (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Record $635 million insurance payout for Christchurch City Council (The Press / Stuff Co).

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