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Stadiums: Auckland works to limits —Dunedin, never

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█ Message: I see Auckland Town Planners are smart and honest enough to realise that Auckland (population 1.5 million) can’t support 3 outdoor stadiums. Dunedin (population 127k) can’t support one.

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Plans to revamp Auckland’s stadiums are heading nowhere – with a multimillion-dollar price tag – as the Warriors rule out moving to the far end of the North Shore. Steve Deane examines how it came to this.

### NZ Herald Online 7:09 PM Friday Jul 24, 2015
The Big Read: Field of broken dreams
By Steve Deane
Aucklanders are set to spend $27 million upgrading a stadium in Albany so it can host 30,000 spectators. The stadium will host as few as seven matches a year, with attendance for the vast majority expected to be well below 10,000. That’s a good thing, as when crowds get above 20,000, accessing the stadium becomes a nightmare.
At the same time, city officials will shell out another $12 million of ratepayer money building a world class cricket venue which the local association has no plans to call home, meaning it too will host a handful of matches a year. And we’ll evict our NRL franchise, turning its home ground of the last 20 years into a speedway track – a move the Warriors say will force it to take matches out of the city.
This is Auckland’s plan for its sporting stadia for the next 40 years. In just 10 months it will become a reality. Time for some hard questions.

What is the Stadium Strategy?
Auckland’s town planners believe the city cannot financially support three major outdoor sports stadia (Eden Park, Mt Smart and Albany’s QBE Stadium).
Tasked with finding a cheaper solution, the planners have decided to transform Albany into the city’s premier venue for matches that will attract crowds of up to 30,600. Mt Smart Stadium in Penrose is to be converted into a speedway circuit and Western Springs into an international standard cricket venue.
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Rugby stadiums not filling #SkyTV

Eden Park [stuff.co.nz]Waitakere Stadium may replace Eden Park

“Still the historical home of Auckland rugby and provided we get cost-effective venue hire, we can make it work.” –Andy Dalton, Auckland Rugby

### nzherald.co.nz 5:00 AM Tuesday Jul 15, 2014
Auckland rugby looks at new home
By Campbell Burnes
The Auckland Rugby Union is looking at the possibility of shifting their ITM Cup home games away from Eden Park as paltry crowds hit them financially. Auckland Rugby has been an official tenant of Eden Park since 1925 and historically has always been associated with the ground and sporting success there. While nothing has been formally tabled, and all five home ITM games this year will take place at Eden Park, the Herald understands there is a growing feeling that a venue such as Waitakere’s Trusts Stadium would be more suitable from 2015 or 2016.
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FB Stadium [newstalkzb.co.nz]Stadium/Rugby propped by Dunedin ratepayer subsidy (direct and hidden)

“When you look back at this time last year when we were all crying into our soup…” –Roger Clark, Highlanders

### ODT Online Tue, 15 Jul 2014
Rugby: Real money to be made from hosting games
By Steve Hepburn
The Highlanders were due to arrive in Durban early this morning and begin preparing for their playoff match against the Sharks on Sunday morning. The side ended up sixth in the table after the final round of games in the weekend and will be on the road the entire time it is in the playoffs. Highlanders general manager Roger Clark said the franchise would make a little bit of money out of making the playoffs but the real benefits came to those that hosted the games. He was yet to finalise how much money the team would receive for making the playoffs but it was not significant, he said.
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Weak boys, Cull and Burden on rugby stadium

One year on from the All Blacks winning the World Cup at Eden Park, what is the state of rugby at the so-called “Stadium of Four Million”? APNZ reporters Patrick McKendry, Daniel Richardson and Matthew Backhouse investigate.

### nzherald.co.nz 4:16 PM Friday Oct 19, 2012
Sport
Rugby: What is the state of our game?
By Matthew Backhouse, Patrick McKendry, Daniel Richardson
Andrew Maddock will be at EcoLight Stadium in Pukekohe early today for Counties-Manukau’s biggest game of the season, an ITM Cup semifinal against Southland. The Counties Rugby Union chief executive will be at work about 8am for a game which kicks off at 2.05pm and which he expects will attract only 4000-5000 spectators. “It’s a little bit hard to know as it’s Labour Weekend,” he says. “That for us is a reasonable crowd because we’re a pretty small community.” When that match kicks off the All Blacks will be preparing for tonight’s Bledisloe Cup match against the Wallabies in Brisbane which will attract a full house of more than 50,000 to Suncorp Stadium and a worldwide audience of millions. Such is the divide in New Zealand rugby, a ravine growing by the year despite, or perhaps because of, the All Blacks’ success in the World Cup, which on Tuesday will be exactly 12 months ago.

Mr Cull says there was a great atmosphere during the tournament, but whether that justified the expenditure was another matter.

One year on from the Rugby World Cup, the tournament’s costly and sometimes controversial stadium projects have left a legacy of ongoing debt and questions over their future.[…]For NZRU chief executive Steve Tew, the World Cup’s legacy is a positive one, despite doubts remaining over Eden Park which had a massive overhaul before the tournament and now mostly sits empty apart from when the All Blacks play there.

“We’ve got a sound platform to build on going forward. Of course there are significant challenges ahead financially, but when I look to the future events that we’ve got coming up, the events calender is looking pretty robust.” -Darren Burden, DVML

Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium is struggling to attract the big events it needs to remain financially viable, while Auckland’s revamped Eden Park has been dragged into a review of the city’s stadiums as it looks to shake off $55 million in debt. Critics say the tournament failed to deliver on its promised financial returns and are questioning the long-terms gains of the $555m spent nationally on upgrading stadiums. – APNZ
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What does Auckland City Council know that DCC doesn’t.

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### ODT Online Tue, 9 Feb 2010
Eden Park redevelopment looking for $40m
Ratepayers are being asked to underwrite about $40 million to cover the cost of redeveloping Eden Park which is being revamped for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. NZPA
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### TVNZ News 8:06AM Tuesday February 09, 2010
Ratepayers to underwrite $40m park shortfall
Source: ONE News
There has been a breakthrough over who will pay the shortfall in funding for the Eden Park re-vamp. Auckland’s mayor’s look set to underwrite $40 million to complete the job in time for next year’s Rugby World Cup. The loan would also give the Eden Park Redevelopment Board time to find sponsorship, something that has proven difficult given the economic climate.
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2011 RWC: Eden Park consents

### Radio New Zealand News Updated at 10:30am on 22 April 2009
Final Eden Park resource consents passed

Final resource consents for upgrades at Eden Park for the 2011 Rugby World Cup have been passed. Work on the $240 million redevelopment began in August last year. The final two consents cover the construction for the last part of the stadium, a concourse linking the different stands, and landscaping of the park and the temporary facilities for the world cup.
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Highlanders trounced

### ODT Online Fri, 17 Apr 2009
Rugby: Blues too strong for Highlanders

Indiscipline and another sleepy start killed the Highlanders as they succumbed 26-6 to the Blues in a feisty Super 14 rugby match at Auckland tonight.
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### stuff.co.nz Last updated 23:59 17/04/2009
Rugby Heaven: Jimmy Cowan laments sending off
By Marc Hinton

Highlanders skipper Jimmy Cowan says he let his team-mates down with the 60th-minute red card that cost the southerners any chance of making a game of their Super 14 clash against the Blues at Eden Park on Friday night.
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2011 RWC: Dunedin gets three

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### ODT Online Thu, 12 Mar 2009

Dunedin gets three World Cup games

Dunedin will host three pool matches in the 2011 Rugby World Cup but Queenstown has missed out.

The tournament organising committee said today that Carisbrook will host pool matches involving Scotland and England against opponents yet to be confirmed, along with the pool match between Ireland and Italy.

Dunedin’s games are as follows:
Wednesday, September 14: Scotland Vs Europe 1
Saturday, September 24: England Vs Playoff winner
Sunday, October 2: Ireland Vs Italy

Invercargill’s games:
Saturday, September 10, Scotland Vs Playoff winner
Saturday, September 17: Argentina Vs Playoff winner.

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### newstalkzb.co.nz 12/03/2009 16:13:20

“Nationwide” Rugby World Cup unveiled

Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited CEO Martin Snedden says it is about making sure the tournament is a genuine nationwide opportunity.

“It’s a chance to bring to life that stadium of four million concept that we’ve talked about so much.”

Along with the opening match Eden Park will see the final. Auckland Mayor John Banks says his city will be more than ready.

“The build is going ahead on time, on budget and full steam ahead.”

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Related audio
Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited CEO Martin Snedden announces the Rugby World Cup venues from Eden Park in Auckland.

12/03/2009 14:37:00
Martin Sneddon part one Listen

12/03/2009 14:31:00
Martin Sneddon part two Listen

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### http://www.primetv.co.nz March 12, 2009
Prime News – First at 5.30pm
Mayor in limelight…

Amongst glad elevated company… during today’s rugby gathering at Eden Park, Mayor Chin was glimpsed saying “the timeframe for the building [Otago stadium] will mean that we will be operational within two months of the start of the World Cup”.

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