Super passes snapped up - super quickly

In front of a line of people waiting to pick up O-Week tickets are Alana Fisher and Hannah Wright (both 18), of Auckland, who snapped up some of the last O-Week super passes. Photo by Craig Baxter.
In front of a line of people waiting to pick up O-Week tickets are Alana Fisher and Hannah Wright (both 18), of Auckland, who snapped up some of the last O-Week super passes. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Tickets for O-Week are selling strongly, with all 2000 super passes taken yesterday, Otago University Students' Association events and communications manager Dan Hendra says.

The super passes, which give people entry to all the major O-Week events, were sold out by last night, meaning people would now need to buy tickets for individual events or pick up a music pass, Mr Hendra said.

''Super passes are always really popular, but it is really good to know we have got a strong line-up and people are stoked to be a part of it,'' he said.

Organisation for the week was going ''really well''.

The only thing to go wrong was the weather taking a turn for the worse yesterday.

The potential for bad weather was another reason why it was good being able to hold events at Forsyth Barr Stadium, he said.

''The stadium is a real asset when it comes to orientations in Dunedin.''

Tickets for all events except the toga party were open to the public.

Time to do the obvious

lynden: the problem of course is that those negatives don't go away, in fact they continue to get worse and worse - DVML don't seem to be able to make the rugby stadium financially viable, despite their promises, and Mr Farry's  promises before them, it continues to lose more money, and the ratepayers are stuck again picking up the pieces from these people who don't seem to be able to run a business.

It's time we did the obvious and started to charge the rugby stadium's major users, the very people who caused it to be created, who forced it on the rest of us, actually more money than it  costs to run - it's really not a difficult solution, even rugby fans should be able to understand it: simply pay more for your rugby tickets and use that money to pay DVML's bills.

Positives and negatives


Sorry, Steve_says. No matter how many positive stories we have the anti-stadium crew will always bring up the negatives as they see them, and will try to paint the story in a negative way. They will try to isolate it by saying something like "Shame about the other 51 weeks of the year" as it is the only event that happens at the stadium all year. They ignore all the community events as well.
Sure, we would all like to see more happen at the stadium, but it used a lot more than the anti- stadium brigade would have us believe. In this instance alone it's 2 weeks of the year because we have the mid-year re-orientation as well.
Anti-stadium people decry small events because they aren't big promotional efforts, but it is the smaller events and promotional efforts which will lead to establishing the venue for bigger things. A new business doesn't usually get a big contract, but by fulfilling smaller contracts prove they be relied on for the bigger ones.
This story shows the benefit of building where it is (close to the student population which is about 1/5th the Dunedin population) , shows the university support for the facility, and the event introduces the new first-years to a facility they will hopefully continue to use while they are here.
We would all like the stadium to be busier, and I don't agree with some things on the management side of things, but I agree with you good news stories should be left for what they are, and the negative comments should be left for the appropriate threads. [Abridged]


Missing the point

Hey guys, you're totally off the subject of the article - OUSA giving the stadium a go and making the most of it rather than being a negative nancy. We all know the cost of the stadium to ratepayers but this article isn't about that - it's about OUSA being proactive and using it safely and well. Perhaps have the discussion about stadium costs on one of the numerous articles that highlight this and leave this to be a positive one.

Such a shame

Quite right, Fernfrond. Its' also such a shame Otago rugby couldn't be satisfied with the stadium provided to them (Carisbrook) by the ratepayers. Seems the Phoenix are happy with a $45 million dollar uncovered facility and will most likely perform better this season also.

Stadium use - at last?

Fernfrond: The CST have never stated who had actually contracted to give private funding towards constructing the stadium. In the absence of such information, I can only assume that in fact no funding was ever promised - by anybody. Can anybody prove otherwise, including the CST ? Now is your big chance to rebut.

A real asset?

''The stadium is a real asset when it comes to orientations in Dunedin.''

Shame about the other 51 weeks of the year... Dress it up how you will, it's still a white elephant. Oh, and is there any sign of the private fundraising yet?
I note that Gareth Morgan and others are looking at building a 12,000 seat stadium in Petone as a base for the Wellington Phoenix. In his own words he is "putting in enough that it hurts."
Such a shame the local rugby community doesn't seen to share the same level of commitment.