Extra seats confirmed for AllBlacks Christchurch Test

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The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU), Canterbury RFU, and Christchurch Stadium Trust have today announced that construction of a new 4,000-seat temporary West stand at the new AMI Stadium in Addington will begin this week.

All available tickets to the 16 June Test match were sold out within hours of the tickets going on public sale two weeks ago. Since then rugby and stadium officials continued to investigate affordable options to build a stand larger than the existing 700-seat stand at the West end of the ground.

NZRU Chief Executive Steve Tew said he was delighted that an increased capacity stand would be in place for the All Blacks Test match.

"We have been able to go ahead with this project thanks to the partnership of the Christchurch Stadium Trust, as well as support from local construction company Hawkins.

"From our perspective, returning All Blacks Test rugby to Christchurch is an important part of acknowledging Canterbury's place on our rugby landscape and approval for this new stand allows more people to see their team in action.

"Canterbury continues to get behind the Crusaders team through the Investec Super Rugby season, and they showed great support for this Test match by snapping up all 17,500 tickets but it did mean a few people were left disappointed when tickets sold out. The additional Test tickets will give more people an opportunity to see their World Champion All Blacks teams in action," Tew said.

The seats for the temporary west stand will be categorised as 'Copper Plus' and tickets - all priced at $60 (plus ticket fees) - go on sale from 5 June.

Canterbury Rugby Football Union and Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach said he was thrilled that more Canterbury rugby fans will get the chance to see the All Blacks run out on Canterbury soil.

"This is a big deal for Christchurch. We missed out on being able to host Rugby World Cup matches last year because of the earthquakes, but thanks to the drive, and commitment of the NZRU, as well as support from the Government, we now have a superb new stadium and an All Blacks v Ireland Test to get behind.

"With construction of the new stand about to get under way, the new stand is scheduled to be in place for the Crusaders v Highlanders round 15 match on 1 June, so even more fans will be able to come and see what promises to be an exciting Investec Super Rugby southern derby," Riach said.

Additional tickets for the Crusaders v Highlanders go on sale today.

Tickets for both the All Blacks Steinlager Series Test match and the Crusaders' Investec Super Rugby games are available from TicketDirect or for more information click here.