Central Energy Trust Arena improvements

Aerial view of the Arena, with the new overbridge and stockcar pits, and the oval and grandstand in the background.

Central Energy Trust Arena is our 18.5 hectares flexible sports and entertainment hub in the heart of our city centre. It holds about 3000 events each year and is home to 36 sporting codes.

Our masterplan for the Arena focuses on how we can continue to improve the facility, bringing vibrant events to our city centre, and the significant economic impact this has. The speedway season alone brings around $25 million to our local economy.

In 2021, we completed the first stage of the masterplan, with a new entrance plaza, including bridge and digital screens. Palmy’s iconic speedway has also benefited, through the relocation of the speedway pits. They’re more user-friendly for drivers and crews, as well as more visible to speedway spectators. These areas are dual purpose and able to host community activities, like MidCentral DHB’s vaccination drive. Improvements have also been made to the lighting, embankment seating and amenities spaces.

Our masterplan was created in 2017, is currently being reviewed, and there’s budget in the 10-Year Plan for future projects as part of the masterplan. Our upgrades to Cuba Street to widen the footpaths and narrow the road also help the Arena thrive as it encourages visitors to enjoy our city centre and support businesses and hospitality in the area, as well as provide a safe, comfortable walking route to the facility.


61 Pascal Street, Palmerston North Central 4410  View Map

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