Fans of Forsyth Barr Stadium could soon be
offered a new view of the venue from on top of the roof.
Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive Darren Burden,
taking in the view yesterday, confirmed this week he was keen
to progress ''thrill-seeker'' opportunities at the stadium,
giving those with an interest a new perspective on the venue.
He planned to start by introducing a more extensive tour of
the venue in time for the 2013-14 financial year, beginning
on July 1.
He would also investigate whether the tour could include
allowing the public to walk across the gantry suspended from
the top of the venue's south stand, which offered a
bird's-eye view of the playing surface below.
However, to cater to the more adventurous, Mr Burden also
wanted to explore two more hair-raising options - a walk
across the top of the venue's plastic roof, and a flying fox
ride running diagonally above the playing surface, from one
corner of the venue to the other.
The roof walk would be ''a little bit more extreme'', but
would be similar to bridge walks on offer in Sydney and
Auckland, he said.
The flying fox might also be an option inside the venue,
stretching from one corner of the stadium to the other to
give the longest run, he said.
Some of the ideas, including the roof walk, were raised when
a council plea for suggestions on how best to improve the
stadium generated 487 responses.
Mr Burden said yesterday the more extreme options had yet to
be investigated in any detail, and might prove impossible to
implement, but he was keen to explore them.
''If you talk to people about it, sometimes their eyes light
up ... I think there would be a level of demand for those
types of things,'' he said.