Dunedin 3-year-olds Erika Reilly and Martin Warriner race across the Forsyth Barr Stadium pitch, cheered on by parents (from left) Cecillia Warriner, Irene Reilly and David Warriner, during the pitch invasion yesterday. Photo by Jane Dawber.
There were tackles, kicks, tries and goals on the Forsyth
Barr Stadium pitch yesterday afternoon, but not a paid
athlete in sight.
Children and teenagers dominated the field during the
inaugural pitch invasion between 2.30pm and 4pm.
Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) opened the pitch to the
public in an effort to provide more community use of the
During sports seasons, it was off-limits to keep the grass
Up to 300 people made use of the pitch, following an Otago
United game and alongside an extended Sunday stadium market.
DVML chief executive Darren Burden said he hoped to open the
pitch to the public whenever possible.
"This is something we would like to consider doing more of.
It's just a question of finding the right window of
opportunity on our events calendar," he said.
The stadium will host an international rodeo event on
November 17, after which the grass pitch will undergo a month
of repair. It will then accommodate at least four major
entertainment events in January and February, before the
sports season begins with Highlanders, Warriors and Phoenix