Monthly Archives: April 2010

Another Stadium, another debate

There doesn’t seem to be a week go by in which the construction of stadia doesn’t attract media attention, dividing opinion and posing interesting urban planning issues. I have said my bit re the place of stadiums in the community and my belief that they provide a greater social, political and economic role than their perceived face value brings. As John Bale states “The stadium, like the church, is a place of congregation—and, some would say, worship” [Temples of Earthbound, Gaffney, 2008, University of Texas Press].

Debate continues to rage, and much of this is conducted in the press, but here I’ve included link to a couple of books which I have found fascinating on this topic (I won’t bore you with the 30 odd published academic articles on the topic from the last couple of years).

So a touch of light Sunday reading of the San Jose Mercury News revealed this front page article on the Proposed new A’s stadium. The Oakland A’s are a baseball team based across the water from San Francisco in Oakland, having been there since 1968. As is the way with US based sports teams, they are only franchises, and as such are at the whim of their owners as to where the team is based, and as such there have been some funny/interesting/sad team relocations over the years, this could be just another of these.

As an aside, here’s yet another Stadium Debate, with similarities strangely close to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.


{Warning the PDF file is 800kb large}

Nice front page read, if you like newspapers, you can browse many of the world’s newspapers’ front pages at Newseum

You can follow the full debate over at the San Jose Mercury News special section on the A’s relocation @ http://www.mercurynews.com/southbaybaseball I do have a soft spot for the A’s, as they were the first MLB team I saw play on our return from Yosemite National Park. They play at the Oakland Coliseum, sharing the ground with the local NFL Football team, a true multipurpose stadium, hence my interest in this topic.

This is a street tour of the area of the proposed Ball Park, with poor old Patty’s Inn one of the casualties of the development.

The following are great reads.

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Stadium tenders, turf + future of Carisbrook

### ODT Online Fri, 23 Apr 2010
Stadium tenders over budget
By David Loughrey
Tenders for carpentry at the Forsyth Barr Stadium have come back “significantly over budget”, a new report on the project says. Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry said last night that meant the trust would have to go back to the market to try to negotiate a more acceptable price, something he said had been done before, successfully, during the building process.
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The following reports will be discussed by the Dunedin City Council finance and strategy committee on Monday:

Report – FSC – 26/04/2010 (PDF, 1.0 mb, new window)
Stadium Stakeholders Group Report

Report – FSC – 26/10/2010 (PDF, 65.2 kb, new window)
Future of Carisbrook

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### ODT Online Fri, 23 Apr 2010
Public say on Carisbrook
By David Loughrey
A thorough consultation process will soon begin on the future of Carisbrook, and the Dunedin City Council is looking to the public for “reasonably practicable” options for its future. The high level of public interest in the historic ground means public meetings will be held to help decide the matter, but a report to next Monday’s finance and strategy committee meeting said the council was keen to “avoid devoting a lot of time, energy and expense to the consideration of impractical, expensive or frivolous options”.
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Construction: Inside Eden Park

@Aucklandtrains Latest Photos: Inside Eden Park as construction continues http://bit.ly/cf9XHr #auckland #RWC2011 #rugby #RWC

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OUTSIDE Eden Park…

@Aucklandtrains Talk about paved with gold Here’s Eden Park’s $3 million walkway for RWC rugby fans http://bit.ly/9yr66A #auckland #RWC2011 #rugby #edenpark

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NZRU comes a gutser

Don’t waste your energy weeping, New Zealand…
Anyone up for football? Use the round ball.

### ODT Online Thu, 22 Apr 2010
NZRU posts record $15.9m loss
The NZRU announced a record loss of $15.9 million for 2009 at its annual meeting in Wellington, attributing it to the impact of the global recession, along with investments in hosting the 2011 rugby World Cup. NZPA
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Stadium ‘JAFAS’: a wildlife report

D Scene was counting sheep this week Zzzzzz

What of scandals breaking, or little items of interest? Try this:

### Facebook: The DCC has lost the Plot. Wed 21 April 2010
Pat McCarty On the St Clair bus (one of the usual bone-shakers supplied by our impoverished council), I got talking to a JAFA, imported to Dunedin to help finish the stadium for the RWC. He informed me that he is one of the 70+ JAFAs and assorted Northerners recently drafted here to work on the FUBAR Stadium. There seems to be …more than a little concern that FUBAR will not be finished in time. He informed me that if by Christmas Farry’s ant-hill looks like it won’t make the deadline, Carisbrooke [sic] will be hurriedly refurbished.
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Stadium GMP clarification

In reply to Calvin Oaten.

### ODT Online Tue, 20/04/2010 – 9:16pm.
Comment by Richard Walls on Answers to your questions:

(1) Whether the turf remains part of the GMP or is taken out is subject to current commercial tender and under discussion.
(2) Half of the temporary seating is included within the $165.4m Design and Construction budget. (My understanding is that the remainder will be hired in as required).
(3) The lighting of the playing area is included within the GMP.

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SH88 realignment – update

### ODT Online Wed, 21 Apr 2010
Stadium property issues near resolution
By Mark Price
One of the last outstanding property issues concerned with the Forsyth Barr Stadium is expected to be resolved within the next few days. The Dunedin City Council needs a piece of land owned by USC Investments Ltd, of Christchurch, to complete its 1.1km, $10 million realignment of State Highway 88, on the eastern side of the stadium. USC is owned by Earl and Keith Hagaman.
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Related Posts:
31.3.10 SH88 realignment
24.2.10 SH88 realignment project: Are ratepayers buying the land twice?

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