Daily Archives: February 10, 2010

Stadium news by tweet

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The first structural steel for construction of the Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza roof is due to arrive… http://bit.ly/b2fYt1

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The first delivery of steel is the base section of one of the two roof support columns. The two columns – one at… http://bit.ly/aBBRIW

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David Davies: “The university wants a better finish and therefore they are going to have to pay for it”

### ODT Online Wed, 10 Feb 2010
Upgrade for stadium plaza
By Chris Morris
Plans for the plaza beside the Forsyth Barr Stadium are being scaled up, after the University of Otago decided it wanted the area to “make a statement”. The stadium complex – officially titled Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza – was always going to feature a plaza as part of the stadium and university building development.

Discussions between the university and council were continuing over who “foots the bill” for the additional cost.

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Can’t wait to see the Plaza standing tall and proud beside the stadium:) http://bit.ly/cekiNz

Oh good grief.

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D Scene – “Stadium debate has fresh legs”

### D Scene 10-2-10
It’s being built – will they come? (front page)
A confidential report warns crowds will have to flock to the Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza for it to succeed financially. See page 3.

Editorial: Stadium debate has fresh legs (page 2)
Reports that Auckland City ratepayers may need to pay out millions to underwrite the redevelopment of Eden Park for the Rugby World Cup have no doubt been noted by opponents of the stadium fast emerging on Dunedin’s waterfront . . . Debate over the merits of the Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza will no doubt be stoked by PriceWaterhouseCoopers report into the Otago Rugby Union, details of which are revealed today in D Scene.
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Report sounds warning (page 3)
By Michelle Sutton
A confidential report warns Dunedin City Council the financial success of the city’s new stadium relies on rugby fans pushing it over the financial try line – at a time when crowds for the national game are waning. D Scene can today reveal the contents of a DCC-commissioned PriceWaterhouseCoopers review of the Otago Rugby Football Union . . . the PWC report, specifically, cites the embattled Highlander’s franchise as affecting the financial success of the stadium to a “huge extent”.
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Pre-draft plan approved (page 6)
Dunedin city councillors have approved their 2010-2011 pre-draft annual plan and are about to consult on the document. D Scene’s Wilma McCorkindale asked how satisfied they are with the finished document and what they most like about it.
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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin
Your say: Letters to the editor (page 11)
Spending on the stadium by Dr Graham Bishop, Roslyn. The spending on the stadium is spiralling out of control. The council must rein it in and start some serious saving.
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Council meeting by Bev Butler [Dunedin]. Whilst present at the DCC meeting (2/2/10), I noted that Cr Stevenson reported a breach of the Local Government Act to the chair, Mayor Chin.
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Details: The finer points
Forging ahead (pages 12-13)
Little is settling at Otago Settlers Museum, least of all the dust. Multi-millions are being spent moving the facility into the future, and more than a century down the track the pioneering spirit it was founded on remains. Wilma McCorkindale reports.
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Academic predicts struggle for stadium (page 14)
By Michelle Sutton
An Otago University senior academic is critical of Dunedin City Council relying on rugby fans to financially score at the city’s new stadium. Steve Jackson, a professor in the socio-cultural analysis of sport, predicted Dunedin and other New Zealand centres would struggle to fill stadiums for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. He was critical of DCC’s decision to fund the new stadium, and its reliance on rugby crowds to protect ratepayer money.
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