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NZRU ‘hustles’ towns and cities to build stadiums

What happens to our cathedrals, the large stadiums found in every major centre, if we lose faith?

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 14/06/2014
Sport
What about the state of New Zealand stadiums?
By Matt Nippert
[Excerpts from a longer article…] The covered 31,000-seat Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, constructed in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, may be the newest major sporting facility in the country but has already proved the most controversial. The bulk of its $224 million construction cost came from Dunedin City Council, but ongoing costs to ratepayers have caused considerable angst. Ratepayers were forced into a $2.3m bailout in May, and are mulling whether a permanent annual subsidy will be required to keep it running.

Getting to grips with exactly how much stadiums cost is a tricky exercise. Construction has often been piecemeal, with grandstands redeveloped or rebuilt over time, blurring total capital expenditure. And determining operational costs – whether stadiums require ongoing contributions by ratepayers – is further complicated by many facilities being run from within city councils or by council-controlled organisations. This makes the extraction of a discrete set of accounts, most notably in Dunedin and Waikato, an impossibility.

Analysis of accounts for Wellington and Auckland, run by dedicated trusts and two of the most transparent stadiums, shows that break-even is realistically the best case.

At New Zealand Rugby headquarters, chief executive Steve Tew broadly agrees that the glory days [of attendance at games] are over. Viewers watching broadcasts of a game have supplanted punters going through stadium turnstiles.

But there is one niche where the faith of the rugby faithful remains strong: All Blacks tests. Hosting the national team is often the only time stadiums up and down the country reach capacity.

While great for New Zealand Rugby coffers, Massey University’s Sam Richardson says the All Blacks have warped stadium construction priorities. “It’s an absolutely huge detriment. If you’re building a stadium where the financial viability year to year relies on an All Blacks test, there’s no question New Zealand Rugby plays a massive part in whether these facilities are going to be used to their potential,” he says.

Canterbury University economist Eric Crampton says building capacity for a solitary annual All Black test is akin to “buying a six-bedroom house just in case both sets of grandparents come to visit at the same time”. Crampton says the proliferation of large loss-making stadiums, both in New Zealand and worldwide, has been mainly because of the economic equivalent of hustling. “Sporting teams have been able to convince councils all over the place – and have been able to play them off against each other by threatening to move – to build excessive stadiums.
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“Fifa, like the International Olympic Committee, is widely regarded as corrupt. In that, it reflects our flawed species; while capable of fabulous feats, a dark side lurks.”

### ODT Online Sat, 14 Jun 2014
Editorial: Revelling in sport
OPINION As Dunedin and the South gear up for the excitement of tonight’s rugby test in the city, a sporting event in another league entirely kicked off yesterday.
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Garrick Tremain – 14 June 2015

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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

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### 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.

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### 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.

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### 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

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### 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

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### 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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