Stadium Waimakariri to be Named MainPower Stadium

MainPower has been announced as lead naming rights sponsor of the new $28M sports facility at a special event hosted at the MainPower Cricket Oval last Friday. The announcement means that Stadium Waimakariri, due to open in July next year, will now be known as MainPower Stadium.

Andy Lester (MainPower NZ Ltd CEO) with Mayor Dan Gordon and Don Robertson (North Canterbury Sports & Recreation Trust Chair)

Located on Coldstream Road, the 6000msq building, with seating of up to 500 spectators, will add to a suite of neighbouring sporting facilities already bearing the MainPower name, including MainPower Cricket Oval and MainPower Hockey Turf.

Andy Lester, CEO of MainPower NZ Ltd says the organisation sees the investment as a natural extension to their long-term commitment to sport in North Canterbury,

“We are proud to be supporting a facility that will deliver such huge benefits for the community.”

“We believe this will further enhance our long-standing partnership with the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust and the work they do with local youth and promoting healthier lifestyles through sport.”

McAlpines Mitre 10 Mega was announced as naming rights sponsor of the stadium’s fitness facility which will be known as the McAlpine’s Mitre 10 Mega Fitness Centre. The company will also sponsor the four internal sports courts, which will be named in recognition of the McAlpines family, who established their first business in Rangiora nearly 100 years ago in 1923.

The $28M stadium is expected to open July 2021

McAlpines Managing Director, Andrew Davidson, says that this sponsorship is a vital step in affirming their continuing commitment to the North Canterbury community,

“McAlpines has supported community interests, especially in sport, for coming up to four decades.”

Under an agreement between Waimakariri District Council and North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust, the Trust will raise $1.8M to contribute towards the Stadium’s construction and fit-out.

The naming sponsorships are a key part of the fundraising, however the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust also used the event to launch their multi-tiered sponsorship campaign to the wider community.

Michael Sharpe, CEO for the Trust, says that securing long-term commercial partners, as well as community contributions, is key to ensuring operational sustainability in its management of the venue.

“This will provide opportunities for North Canterbury companies, families and individuals to leave a lifetime legacy that will be seen for generations to come. It will truly be a facility by the community for the community.”