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
''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
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
''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.''