The man in charge of Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium says
he has ''bigger fish to fry'' than worry about whether
Wellington will add a roof to its stadium.
It was reported yesterday a proposal to add a fixed or
retractable roof to Westpac Stadium will be investigated by
the Wellington City Council and the trust running the
The project, if it proceeds, would see a roof retrofitted to
the stadium, at an estimated cost of between $60 million and
$100 million, with Wellington's ratepayers picking up part of
the bill, the Dominion Post reported.
However, Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive Terry
Davies said when contacted he was more concerned about DVML's
operation than developments in Wellington.
His focus was on improving DVML's processes, its
relationships with sports organisations and promoters, and
ensuring Dunedin's stadium was ''as competitive as we can
''It's the same analogy in sport - you've just got to focus
on what you do best, and do it better than any of your
''As far as I'm concerned, I'm not going to take interest in
it. We've got much bigger fish to fry here,'' he said.
While any loss of events revenue from Dunedin's roofed venue
could add to the drain on Dunedin's ratepayers, Mr Davies
said it was not clear a roof on Wellington's stadium would
deal such a blow.
Stadiums operated in a ''competitive industry'', but there
was ''a myriad of things that go into securing an event'', he
''Being under cover is one, and it is a potential advantage,
but is it the only one?
''I'd be absolutely plucking out of thin air to say they
would be a threat to us. At the end of the day, if we get our
act together, if we get in shape, we'll be competitive in the
His comments came after Westpac Stadium chief executive Shane
Harmon described the $50,000 feasibility study into the roof
project as ''blue-sky thinking''.
The idea of adding a roof had previously been ruled out, but
Mr Harmon told the Dominion Post the study would now examine
likely costs and whether it was structurally possible.
Any new roof would improve the spectator experience and
provide certainty for events, but a decision would need to be
weighed against other opportunities.
It was the latest suggestion of competition for Dunedin's
roofed venue - at present the only one of its kind in New
Zealand - which to date has been unable to avoid millions of
dollars in losses, prompting a review of its operating model.
Christchurch is also considering a new roofed venue as part
of the city's earthquake rebuild, although questions remain
about when - or if - the project will ever get off the