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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Supersize my Caketin

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As Auckland faffs around about how and where to build a half-decent stadium in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, our acting mayor has jumped in with a classic piece of opportunism. Why not upgrade the capacity of our Stadium instead? It could even be an opportunity to sneak in a new indoor stadium on the side.

Now, what was that I was just saying about stealing other cities' events?

3 Comments:

At 11:34 pm, September 13, 2006, Blogger Maximus said...

Hmmm, the d'Aucklanders should take note and give this serious thought. Given the debacle that has happened over the redevelopment of Wembley stadium in London, where they thought they could just whip the old one down, and quickly bang up a replacement.... some years later, they've found they're 200 million pounds over budget and several years behind schedule.... and still no prelacement stadium.

Must have got some cheap, dodgy architect or something.... ;-)

 
At 11:42 pm, September 13, 2006, Blogger Maximus said...

oops, Freudioan slip on the prelacement there...

...they demolished the old Wembley in 2003, and despite planning it since 2000, they're still not quite ready to open yet. So would anyone seriously back Auckland, with its crippled road network, to demo Eden Park, plan a new one, and rebuild by 2011 ? 5 years - piece of cake - but not if they still haven't decided where to put a new one.

 
At 2:27 pm, September 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An alternative take on the stadium dithering…

http://www.sportsfreak.co.nz/show-column.asp?ID=195

 

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