Proposed Auckland waterfront stadium stupidity

Stadiums before affordable housing, again (Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland) – the Nuts striving to build ‘ball park’ ASSETS quickly develop own shallow pockets.

In 2006 Auckland considered building a national stadium on its waterfront, but abandoned the idea —the stadium was the Labour government’s choice for the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Auckland 2006 proposed waterfront stadium [David White - Fairfax via Stuff.co.nz]Auckland 2006 proposed waterfront stadium [Nigel Marple - Fairfax via Stuff.co.nz]David White (top) & Nigel Marple / Fairfax

Stuff.co.nz Last updated 08:02, March 21 2016
Government won’t pay for Auckland waterfront stadium, John Key says
A proposed waterfront stadium in Auckland would not be funded by the Government, Prime Minister John Key has indicated. Calls to build a CBD sports stadium have been backed by several high profile business people, including New Zealand Warriors boss Eric Watson who has offered to help pay for the project. Key told the Paul Henry Show on Monday he personally thought the waterfront stadium was a good idea, but that it shouldn’t be government-funded. “I don’t think we’ve got a great appetite for pouring money into that,” he said.
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█ Paul Henry Show | NewsHub TV3
Full interview: John Key, March 21, 2016 [Video]

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NBR 24.3.16 OPINION Tim Hunter (page 2)
NBR 24.3.16 Tim Hunter - Please lord, save us from stadium enthusiasts p2 (1)

NZ Herald – the extra SORRY tales
23.3.16 Opinion: Brian Rudman: Fans too thin on ground for waterfront stadium
23.3.16 Auckland’s waterfront stadium: Look to Australia for tips, says architect
22.3.16 Iwi joins supporters of new stadium as gateway to city
21.3.16 Vodafone backs Auckland waterfront stadium
21.3.16 Opinion: What kind of stadium does Auckland need?
21.3.16 John Key: Government won’t be paying for Auckland waterfront stadium
20.3.16 Eric Watson offers to help fund downtown stadium project
20.3.16 Eric Watson: Build it and the Warriors will make it their home
19.3.16 Visions for a new national stadium
18.3.16 For and against: Waterfront stadium
18.3.16 Editorial: New stadium dream needs reality check
18.3.16 Auckland waterfront stadium could cost more than $1b project…
15.3.16 Opinion: Chris Rattue: Auckland’s waterfront stadium has to happen
15.3.16 Stadium debate: Is it time to build downtown?
15.3.16 Warriors’ boss backing waterfront stadium
15.3.16 Renewed push for new football stadium in Auckland’s CBD

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24.7.15 Stadiums: Auckland works to limits —Dunedin, never

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9 responses to “Proposed Auckland waterfront stadium stupidity

  1. Elizabeth

    Received from Jeff Dickie
    Friday, 25 March 2016 12:06 p.m.

    █ Message: almost 8 years has passed

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    SST 6.12.08 Dunedin stadium plan 'stuffed' says opponent [Stuff.co.nz]

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  2. Hype O'Thermia

    Stadiums are huge empty buildings most of the time, other times they have overexcited hordes all trying to enter or leave at the same time. During the many long periods when nothing’s happening, there’s nothing to look at, they are as dull as deserted warehouses, so why put them in the middle of an attractive part of a city to make an oasis of dull? Isn’t this what G Brownlee wants to do to the middle of Christchurch too?
    And I wouldn’t place them at the end of a bottleneck where attendees from every direction all have to be funnelled down routes of decreasing capacity relative to numbers needing to use them.

  3. Elizabeth

    Tourist Terrorist meccas.

    • Diane Yeldon

      Actually demonstrates how supposed democracy works – that stadiums continue to get built in cities all round the world. Rich people who have time to buggar around playing sport get their cronies in government, the construction business and media to make loud noises in favour and the majority of poor people, who can’t afford to go, end up paying for it.

    • Elizabeth

      Speaking of…. [confluent time lines]

      ### msn.com 6 hrs ago
      Suicide attack kills dozens at football stadium in Iraq
      Source: Al Jazeera
      A suicide bomber has detonated his explosives belt at a football stadium south of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 29 people and injuring 60 others, the security head in Babel province has said. The blast in Iskandariya, a mixed Sunni and Shia Muslim town, happened around 16:15 GMT on Friday at the end of an amateur soccer game, said Falah al-Khafaji, the security head in Babel province. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group that controls swathes of territory in Iraq’s north and west was behind the attack, according to Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the group.
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  4. Diane Yeldon

    Professional big business sport, I mean. Not local amateur teams …

  5. Gurglars

    A learned professor on Radio New Zealand last week advised that a stadium as pictured on the waterfront would be a deathtrap in an emergency as spectators would only have one avenue of egress, towards Queen street. Thus 30-50,000 persons would all be trying to escape at the same time through one exit.

    Apart from the stupidity of providing yet another huge liability to the impoverished, that location would invite potentially the greatest disaster in world sport in an emergency.

    Suicide bombers would be salivating at the possibilities.

    The Auckland loonies lead by Tony Veitch are suggesting that the stadium could be used by cricket, rugby, soccer, events, morris dancing and entertainment, full all the time!

    Not true of course, just another financial millstone around Aucklanders’ necks.

  6. Hype O'Thermia

    When white elephants run amok…. Where and when did I hear about the thousands of uses for a stadium, someone local, someone currently quiet – other than go-to place for suicide bombers?

    That bottleneck effect is insane.

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