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New stadium could provide fans with deal of a lifetime

The Brumbies train at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

The Brumbies train at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Photo: Elliot Woods

Canberra sporting fans could have a chance to buy a ''lifetime seat'' at a new undercover rectangular stadium to be built in Civic by the end of the decade.

Canberra's sporting community will get a glimpse of the future when the ACT Brumbies play the Otago Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday night.

The purpose-built venue with a clear roof is being considered by the ACT government as a model for the proposed new home for the Brumbies and Raiders in Canberra.

As part of the City to the Lake initiative, officials are planning a new rectangular stadium to be built on the site of the Civic pool. ACT Sports Minister Andrew Barr is aiming for completion by 2020. It is still subject to approval, and government and private funding needs to be raised for the project, which is likely to cost more than $200 million.

And while still in the initial stages, Barr said fans could be given the opportunity to purchase a lifetime membership to the venue and sit in the same seat for every event.

''It might even come down to people buying their own seat for life in the venue, it's those business models we're looking at to see who's interested in buying a lifetime membership,'' Mr Barr said.

''We're looking to sell corporate boxes up front, have car parking underneath during the week and club stadium memberships. It's all part of the issues and planning to see how best to generate revenue.

''The thing to watch for [on Friday night] is the atmosphere … other people say a crowd of 10,000 or 15,000 is loud so it will be interesting to see how it comes across.''

Government officials toured the Forsyth Barr venue 12 months ago to see if the design would suit Canberra.

It has a clear polymer roof with moveable stands at each end of the ground and a semi-synthetic playing surface.

The stadium - which can hold more than 30,000 spectators - can be used for rugby union, rugby league, soccer, concerts, conferences and functions.

Having a roof at the new stadium is an attractive prospect to help the Brumbies and Raiders attract large crowds, even in Canberra's coldest months.

Mr Barr said the government would monitor Forsyth Barr Stadium and any deterioration before settling on a final design.

Officials have also toured AAMI Park in Melbourne to help them come up with the best boutique stadium design for the capital.

The Brumbies will get an up-close look when they run onto the Dunedin venue to take on the Highlanders. It's the first time the Brumbies have played at the ground after construction finished in time for New Zealand to host the 2011 rugby World Cup.

The Brumbies trained at the stadium on Thursday night.

The time frame of the new stadium is dependent on new work on Parkes Way and new swimming facilities in the city.

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR vs AUS 01:30Twic
USA vs NZL 07:00Soldier Field
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs SAM 01:00Stadio Del Duca
ENG vs NZL 01:30Twic
WAL vs AUS 01:30MilS
FRA vs FJI 03:45Stade Velodrome
IRE vs RSA 04:30Lansdowne Road
SCO vs ARG 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs ARG 01:00Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
ENG vs RSA 01:30Twic
WAL vs FJI 01:30MilS
SCO vs NZL 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
FRA vs AUS 07:00StdF
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE vs GEO 01:30Lansdowne Road
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs RSA 01:00Stadio Plebiscito
SCO vs TGA 01:30Rugby Park
IRE vs AUS 03:30Lansdowne Road
WAL vs NZL 04:30MilS
ENG vs SAM 06:00Twic
FRA vs ARG 07:00StdF
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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