Big week at the stadium

Ruby Sycamore-Smith.
Ruby Sycamore-Smith.
Seven major events in seven days at the Forsyth Barr Stadium during the past week have injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy and set the city ''fizzing'' with activity.

And Dunedin Venues Management Ltd is hoping to provide more of the same throughout this year.

''We're always looking for opportunities,'' DVML spokeswoman Kim Barnes said.

''Obviously, Orientation Week is not a year-round thing, but we are literally looking at all opportunities.

''We want that stadium to be fizzing all the time. We want this to be constant.''

More than 41,000 people went through the gates at Forsyth Barr Stadium last week to see the Otago University Students' Association Orientation Week events, the Highlanders v Blues Super Rugby match and the pre-season NRL Transtasman Cup challenge between the Vodafone Warriors and the Brisbane Broncos.

''It has been a massive week at Forsyth Barr Stadium, and DVML is thrilled at the success of all events,'' she said.

Otago University Students' Association president Ruby Sycamore-Smith said this year's Orientation Week had been the best the association had presented, with events which included home-town heroes and former Dunedin band Six60, who were immensely popular with students and the general public alike, with more than 6000 fans attending.

''Using the stadium means that no matter the weather, and no matter the size of the crowd, our events team can make epic events happen.''

Highlanders general manager Roger Clark was elated to start the Super 15 rugby season with a win over the Auckland Blues at the weekend.

''The fans' support was amazing. They created such a brilliant atmosphere getting behind the team, and if we have that at every home game, it's going to be an awesome season,'' he said.

Senior Sergeant Gavin Briggs, of the police Southern district, said behaviour of all crowds across the events was generally well behaved, with only a few minor incidents during the week.

''Orientation Week has gone smoothly, with the majority of people who've been attending events enjoying themselves safely. A lot of planning with the relevant agencies has taken place to make it successful.

''We had great support from OUSA and all their helpers along with Campus Watch.

''The Super 15 rugby was a big event, with almost 16,000 people attending. A small number of patrons were removed from the venue due to their intoxication levels,'' he said.

Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie believed the events were significant and drew large crowds, with many booking accommodation in the city and eating at local restaurants.

''It would have brought hundreds of thousands of dollars into the city. These events are significant. It has definitely been of positive economic benefit to the city.''


In response to Lyndon

But how much experience did you have with events at the Town Hall. Its capacity is greater than 2300, which is its seated capacity.

The problem with website information is that it is only as correct as the knowledge and ability of those providing the information. In the case of DVML there is not one oerson there who has the knowledge or experience to provide detailed capacity information or even room layouts for various events.

How do I know? First hand experience. If you want that information you need to locate the former DCC workers who used to be employed there pre-DVML, as I had to do to get a detailed information for an event I was working on. 

Reply to Overit ref:Town Hall Capacity

Figures are official numbers from Council Websites. A quick internet search brings them all up. I was involved with events at different venues for 15 years,

You can start with this link

Just type capacity and the venue name 

Town Hall capacity

Hi Lyndon. The capacity of the Town Hall is greater than the 2390 you claim. I am not sure what the seated capacity is since the redevelopment but for a concert where there is no ground floor seating the capacity is about 3500. Still way short of the capacity of the East Stand for a similar event.

Reply to Topsy

First these "student events" before the stadium hosted much smaller numbers of participants and were not open to the public. Events incorporating both the Student and non-student can only over all be a good thing for the city.

For example Quote "Ticket sales had been strong. About 3000 had gone to the toga party, 4000 to 4500 to the live filming of 7 Days and about 6000 were expected to go to Six60 last night" The Town hall (where these were tradidition held) has a max capacity of 2300 , . (The student Union lounge (usually the next option after the town hall) from memory can hold about a thousand) and the edgar centre stripped of seating and other users can hold 4000 but is in use almost permamently used either by sports or events and usually far less capacity was available. that's a lot of people not able to participate and will these events very possibily grow in numbers as the public becomes aware they can attend now.

The only other option for large events was outdoors which here in the south has obvious disadvantges.

Those "empty venues" have actually shown an increase in use over the last few years , incl the town hall which has been used more since it re-opened than pre-upgrade, And the Edgar Centre is almost permanently booked. These were the prime venues the students used to use and the town hall is still used by by the students , graduations being an example.

Build it and they will come

This is fantastic news. Before the new stadium was built, there were no activities held in Dunedin for new universitiy students. Wait, there were ? But how was that possible without having a new stadium ? Surely they didn't use existing venues in the city which now lie empty? Nah.

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