Daily Archives: May 19, 2009

A little from Populous on Otago stadium

If you haven’t seen this reference at SkyscraperCity blog today, UglyBob has made a good find. THANKS UGLYBOB. See below.

(This while posters at What if? were kindly providing debate in recoil at my posting interesting ODT comments here on stadium – gee sorry, but look, you started debating anyway just as I planned, hah – who would be your analysis slave or geeky accountant with snow dumps happening >>>> I’m off to them thar hills…bye.)


### Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal
Published April 20, 2009 : Page 21
U.S. design firms mine opportunities overseas
By Don Muret, staff writer

The global economic downturn hasn’t kept American sports architects from finding international work…

Populous is adapting Wimbledon’s transparent-roof technology to Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza, the 25,000-seat stadium it is designing in Dunedin, New Zealand, for two rugby teams and the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The $198 million facility replaces 126-year-old Carisbrook, known as the “House of Pain” for the home clubs that enjoy a distinct home advantage, Lee said. The roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium will be a fixed structure covering a natural grass field.
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There’s more, really?

### ODT Online Mon, 18/05/2009 – 6:34pm.
Comment by gplusa on Stadium price blowout
Don’t forget to add the following items to the $217 million: design fees, building consent fees, resource consent fees, the contractor’s profit, contingency sums, overheads and general site costs (such as the new fence currently being erected). Don’t put down the calculator just yet.


### ODT Online Tue, 19/05/2009 – 9:53am.
Comment by MikeStk on and …
and if you read the contract apparently we’re also on the hook for a whole bunch of insurance – sadly someone carefully removed all the numbers from the ‘public’ version of the contract – apparently we’re not trusted to know how much the thing is really going to cost (now that it’s signed there is no ‘commercial sensitivity’)


In reply to Roller

### ODT Online Mon, 18/05/2009 – 12:20pm.
Comment by MikeStk on I agree
I agree – but would like to point out that that $217M figure doesn’t include the cost of purchasing Carisbrook (likely to be $10M or more if it includes the forgiving of the ORFU’s $2M debt to the city). Nor does it include the cost of realigning SH88 and building their flying roundabout – another $10M.


Despite pending court action it is asserted that construction of the stadium is due to start in mid-June…

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 14/05/2009
2-week delay ‘risk to stadium’
By Mark Hotton – The Press
Delays in building Dunedin’s $198 million stadium could cost $4.5m, the city council says.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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Only Cr Dave Cull heard to vote against

### ODT Online Tue, 19 May 2009
‘Ayes’ win stadium vote
By David Loughrey

An “umbrella resolution” yesterday to go ahead with the Forsyth Barr Stadium sparked what must be the shortest debate on the controversial issue so far.
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