Chris Laidlaw in his column, ‘Laidlaw’s Line’ (ODT, 12.2.10), argues Dunedin is the only serious threat to Wellington’s hosting of the Sevens in 2012.
He writes off Auckland’s Eden Park as “stuck in a residential suburb with hopeless access and no party-central zone anywhere handy”. Hamilton, he says, lacks the infrastructure and is “far too dreary to provide the carnival atmosphere that the event thrives on”. Christchurch’s [AMI] stadium “suffers, like Eden Park, from being too suburban and too strait-laced”.
Laidlaw rates Dunedin – “home of the brave new glasshouse” – as a potentially serious threat.
“If ever there was a party zone tailor-made for such an event it is there, in and around the campus, and you can be sure that sevens players would just as readily enjoy Dunedin’s quirky ambience as they do the delights of Courtney Place.”
Okay, then follows the rider: Wellington’s business case is formidable . . . “Dunedin’s will need to be other-worldly to beat it.”
The full article is available in print and digital editions of the Otago Daily Times.
Post by Elizabeth Kerr