WEL Networks Stand Seismic Assessment Project

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WEL Networks Stand Seismic Assessment Project

March 2020

FMG Stadium Waikato is managed by H3, part of Hamilton City Council. The Council has work underway to carry out seismic assessments of all its buildings – including those managed by H3.

The Council works to both legislation and government guidelines and its own policy in carrying out this work, which is common across New Zealand. The seismic assessments result in what is known as a building’s New Build Standard (NBS) score – presented as a percentage.

A Detailed Seismic Assessment (DSA) has been completed on the FMG Stadium Waikato’s WEL Networks Stand.

The DSA investigations confirmed a NBS score of less than 34%. As such the WEL Networks Stand is now considered earthquake prone. 

What happens now:

  • Council is working with its engineers to establish an earthquake strengthening works program based on the findings of the DSA.
  • According to legislation Council have until the end of June 2031 to complete this building work. Council will look to complete the works in stages and earlier than the due date.
  • The stand will still be used for matches, and tickets for the WEL Networks Stand remain valid.
  • Health and safety of our patrons is always a priority for us.
  • The use of this building is very limited – about 50 hours a year.
  • The terraces in front of the stand and the concrete concourses to the side of the WEL Networks Stand are not earthquake prone. The main area of interest is the original grandstand structure – the covered area.

Please be assured we are taking this one step at a time, and have informed all our stakeholders.