Team numbers for this weekend's Relay for Life at Forsyth
Barr Stadium are up on 2011, Cancer Society Otago-Southland
chief executive Mike Kernaghan says.
This year 109 teams would take part, compared with 102 last
Despite moving to a better-equipped venue, facility costs
were similar to other years, or possibly less, Mr Kernaghan
Offsetting venue cost was the fact hired facilities such as
toilets and lighting were no longer required. ''The
perception needs to change out there in the public - the
stadium couldn't have been more helpful.''
There were no restrictions on food; participants could even
bring their own barbecue.
Rotary club members would put on a free breakfast, as they
had in previous years.
He was excited about the event, in which participants were
now assured of keeping warm and dry in the covered stadium.
The stadium had also allowed the use of the big screens.
''It's going to be brilliant,'' he said.
Last time the event was held, at Logan Park in 2011, it
Dunedin Venues Management Ltd communications manager Jo
Scully said catering firm Compass relaxed its usual
restrictions because of the event's special nature.
The exception was alcohol, which would have to be bought in
the stadium, rather than participants bringing their own.
The relay would be the stadium's first 24-hour event.
''We're delighted to be involved with such a wonderful
community event that so many people benefit from.
''We've really worked hard with the Cancer Society to make
this event happen,'' Ms Scully said.