Inspecting salvaged Carisbrook seats in Dunedin yesterday
are North Harbour Stadium architect Barry Copeland (left)
and venue manager Brian Doherty. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Several thousand Carisbrook plastic seats could harbour
sports fans again.
North Harbour Stadium staff flew to Dunedin yesterday to
check out the plastic seats removed from Carisbrook for a
Rotary Club fundraising project.
About 8500 seats have been stored at the former Cottonsoft
toilet paper factory in Fryatt St.
North Harbour Stadium venue manager Brian Doherty said the
seats' availability was serendipitous.
The Albany stadium had 20,000 seats and two grass
embankments. Stadium staff were contemplating the
installation of another 5000 seats on the embankments to
build the capacity to 25,000 seats.
The stadium needed extra seating for the Junior Rugby World
Championship next year and the FIFA under-20 World Cup in
Temporary seating was used for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, he
The blue Carisbrook seats would complement the teal-coloured
seating at the stadium, he said.
Stadium architect Barry Copeland said the trip yesterday was
to determine the feasibility of transporting and installing
The stadium was considering buying between 6000 and 7000
seats,The ''quality, colour diversity and condition'' were
purchase considerations, he said.