INVERCARGILL STADIUM PLANS TO BE UNVEILED

Preliminary plans for rebuilding the Invercargill stadium in New Zealand will be released next week after part of the roof collapsed following heavy snow in September.

A report commissioned by Stadium Southland's owner shows it collapsed partly because of engineering faults and poor workmanship.

Trust chairman Acton Smith says engineers and quantity surveyors should have the initial plans by Wednesday.

Stadium manager Nigel Skelt said at the time: "We have never had a snow fall this big before.

"We’re really conscious it wasn't during a peak time because the result could have been far more catastrophic. We are just talking about a building here."

The 2000-seat venue opened in 2000 and cost about $10 million to build.

Posted on 11/12/2010