Daily Archives: December 15, 2010

Malcolm has it in hand

The first major music act to take the stage of the Forsyth Barr Stadium will be announced tomorrow.

We. Are. So. Excited.

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### ODT Online Thu, 16 Dec 2010
Elton John set to rock stadium
By David Loughrey
Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium has attracted its first international act, with Sir Elton John booked to perform late next year. The concert follows the Rugby World Cup.

Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry used the occasion to hit back at his critics.

“I’m mindful of the severe criticism from some quarters, who shouted from the mountain tops there was no way we would get an international artist to Dunedin; no promoter would bring one; we were dreaming.”

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### ODT Online Thu, 16 Dec 2010
Concert should prove first test of venue’s flexibility
By David Loughrey
Sir Elton John’s planned concert at the Forsyth Barr Stadium late next year will test the success of the facility’s much-vaunted flexibility.
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On the tiresome matter of public funding…

Malcolm, some questions the good people of Dunedin want answered (actually, this is David Davies’ domain): How much is it costing Dunedin ratepayers and residents, aside from individual ticket prices, to stage this event? What has DVML got on the bookings schedule to follow this, and how much will it cost per year to operate all events at the stadium? Gee, I hope you’ve got that commercial kitchen deal all sewn up. Elton’s a bit of a distraction, a bit like herding lambies.

It’s been interesting to see Phil Sprey’s name coming up lately in our search engine terms at What if?

Oh, and Malcolm, you haven’t yet made the full business case for the stadium build or the stadium’s operation. You are publicly accountable, so let’s be having it. Go on, lay it all out for us, we can take it. Make a clean breast of it, Malcolm – suggest you do this before RWC 2011, you’ll sleep better.

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