A Dunedin bar has paid to be invaded by British cricket fan
club the Barmy Army and become its official headquarters for
five nights next month.
The Terrace Bar duty manager Kelly Gillian said the Barmy
Army approached the Octagon bar with an offer to make it its
official headquarters, in return for a cash payment and bar
tab, when the England cricket team plays the Black Caps in a
five-day test match in Dunedin.
The bar would be opening earlier and closing later and would
serve English food and play British music and staff would
dress in a British theme, he said.
''It will be like a British St Paddy's for five days.''
The bar would host an opening party on Tuesday, March 5, and
an exit party on March 10 and would have extra security
working during the period, he said.
The cost to secure the rights and the exclusive use of the
words ''Barmy Army'' for marketing was confidential, he said.
''But it's an amount you'll get back,'' Mr Gillian said.
The Otago Daily Times understands the bar paid the
Barmy Army $5000 and included a $2000 bar tab.
Mr Gillian said Barmy Army members would get subsidised drink
If the five-day test match finished earlier than scheduled,
the army would stay in Dunedin for the same amount of time,
''These guys will just stick around and drink.''
Eight hundred Barmy Army members were registered for the tour
of New Zealand, Mr Gillian said.
The Terrace Bar owner John Macdonald said the size of the bar
and the Barmy Army's need to be ''fed and watered'' was ''a
The bar had a capacity for 350 patrons, he said.
The owners of Ra Cafe & Bar, Alibi Bar and Restaurant and
Stuart St Brew Bar told the Otago Daily Times they
were not approached by the Barmy Army to be its headquarters.
The Barmy Army website said it was the United Kingdom's
largest organisation aimed at helping cricket fans support
the England cricket team.