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Stadium + Cull love = University of Otago + OUSA party

In which Mayor Dave Cull invites further civic unrest on city streets, this time during the 2012 student orientation? Come to Dunedin, get off your face, we’ll provide the venue and the music – but come to think of it why don’t we supply the alcohol as well?! No wonder student fees are going up next year.
Parents, keep your kiddies north?

Association president Logan Edgar predicted a “colossal Orientadium” to welcome back new and returning students.

### ODT Online Sat, 17 Dec 2011
Shihad heads ‘O Week’ at stadium
By Matthew Haggart
Several University of Otago Orientation events, including a concert by rock band Shihad, will be held at Forsyth Barr Stadium next year. Shihad is the first major act to be announced to headline the Otago University Students Association’s traditional start-of-year activities, billed as “Orientadium MMXII”.
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While Orientation events in the past have been organised mainly by OUSA, next year’s event has more of a collaborative buy-in from academic, civic and venue management partners. Mr Edgar was joined by University of Otago chief operating officer John Patrick, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive David Davies at the stadium yesterday.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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Wrong demographic?

“It is smiles all round in Highlanders country.
The rugby team scored a gritty 6-0 victory over last year’s champions, the Crusaders, rockers Shihad kept a packed terrace entertained and, importantly, spectators turned up in good numbers.

Though the exact crowd number would not be known until today, estimates put it at between 12,000 and 13,000.”

Murray Stott and others have time and time again told us that Dunedin has the wrong Demographic to hold concerts at the stadium.

I’ve always argued that I find this exceedingly hard to believe considering that there are some 22,000 students in the city, and 3/4 of the population of the South Island is within 3-4hr drive from us.

Now they would be the first to agree (although not happy about it) but Shihad are not the powerhouse of NZ rock that they used to be, so I was pleasantly happy to see the massive crowd at the game and concert afterwards.

There would have been people there who couldn’t give a toss about Shihad and possibly likewise people there who weren’t really into Rugby, but the bright spark that thought of having the band play after the game (with a longer set of hits etc) instead of before the game, deserves a medal and illustrates the whole basic argument I hold for this stadium – if people think outside of the box this has a potential to be a massive success.

The moans about the crowd at the first game were a little disingenuous, in that there was about 3-4 other sporting and cultural events on in town that weekend, it is well acknowledged that people are annoyed at how early the Rugby Season starts, quite simply it was still summer, people are into summer sports. I love rugby, but I don’t go to early season games, it’s Cricket, Softball and other sports time in the sun, not rugby.

So well done everyone for turning up to the game/concert, lets see what other thinking outside the box they can come up with next – and no Pipe Bands is not a plausible suggestion.

Full ODT Article here:

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Highlanders 6 Crusaders 0 Shihad 'Game'

### ODT Online Mon, 9 Mar 2009
Highlanders, Shihad and crowd a winning formula
By Steve Hepburn

The exact crowd number would not be known until today, estimates put it at between 12,000 and 13,000. With average crowds of only 7000 last year, a crowd nearly double that had Highlanders chief executive Richard Reid smiling. Mr Reid was thrilled with the turnout and with the win, saying the crowd had faith in the Highlanders and the team had repaid them with a gutsy win. The union had wanted a crowd of about 10,000, so to get more than that was a bonus. More


### ODT Online Sat, 7 Mar 2009
Rugby: Highlanders shock Crusaders

The previously invincible Crusaders suffered their third consecutive loss when they were beaten 6-0 by the Highlanders in their Super 14 rugby match at Carisbrook in Dunedin tonight.

Read More Online Here…



### http://www.stuff.co.nz Last updated 22:32 07/03/2009
McCaw hurt as Crusaders crash
By MARC HINTON – Rugbyheaven

The Crusaders are down and it looks like their skipper Richie McCaw is out with a knee injury that won’t help the defending Super 14 champions’ chances of arresting their alarming form decline.

Read More Online Here…


### nz.sports.yahoo.com March 7, 2009, 9:19 pm
McCaw injured in southern snore-fest
Yahoo!Xtra Sport / Neil Reid –

With full-time blown, the stage was set for something worth the admittance, the Shihad gig. More


### sstlive.co.nz Last updated 00:17 08/03/2009
Superheroes to zeroes
RICHARD KNOWLER at Carisbrook – Sunday Star Times

The first spell was not just nothing to write home about; neither side scored a point. In fact, this match’s most memorable moment arguably took place after the 80 minutes of play had finished.

The hot guitar licks and riffs of top Kiwi rock band Shihad finally got the large crowd amped with the concert they performed on the field after this dour game. More

### http://www.seenindunedin.co.nz March 8, 2009
Rebel Sport Super 14 Rugby – Highlanders v Crusades

A combination of warm, sunny weather, thousands of students returning to the city, and Kiwi rock legends Shihad playing live after the match, meant the terraces at The Brook were jam packed with fans from both sides dressed in their team colours to add to the occasion…much to the delight of the rugby union. More


### http://www.vodafonerugbytribe.co.nz 18 February 2009
Top rock at the Brook

Highlanders marketing manager Chris Green said, “We wanted to create an event as close as possible to a standard concert…and after the game when it was dark more could be done with the lights and make the most of what will be an incredible occasion.”

It will be Shihad’s first performance in a major New Zealand city this year and only the second of the year after a gig at Lake Hawea on January 2. Shihad’s members live in Melbourne but are no strangers to rugby. The band was formed in Wellington and lead vocalist and founder, Jon Toogood, says he knows the significance of playing at Carisbrook.

“We are really looking forward to playing some loud Shihad tracks at the Brook,” he said. “I suppose it’s the closest I’ll get to playing pro rugby.” More


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Light entertainment, poll

### ODT Wed, 4 Mar 2009

Are the Highlanders right to charge double for terrace tickets to the rugby/Shihad concert on Saturday night? (link)

Yes No What’s a Shihad?


Classic reactions to the unscientific:

Comment by Greenkeeper on Wed, 04/03/2009 – 7:52pm.

If the rugby union thinks that students will be able to afford $40 for the rugby and a concert then they are dreaming.
There was a group of about 12 of us who were going to go to the game on Saturday night but due to having to pay $40 for a terrace ticket, we will be watching it at home with beer and pizzas!!
In future why doesn’t the rugby union try and fill the stadium with half price tickets and create an atmosphere that might actually help the team get over the finish line.

Shihad concert
Comment by caz on Wed, 04/03/2009 – 7:14pm.

The choice should not have been “What’s a Shihad”
It should have been “Who are the Highlanders?”


If for games and associated events at the new stadium, will scrooge habits die hard.

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