Details of a deal under which the Dunedin City Council will
spend $750,000 a year to subsidise greater community use of
the Forsyth Barr Stadium have been confirmed.
How would you like to walk your dog, graze your sheep, or
stroll across the roof of Forsyth Barr Stadium?
Horses, clowns and heavy machinery were let loose as Forsyth
Barr Stadium in Dunedin was transformed into an indoor rodeo
arena for the first time yesterday.
Dunedin could face multimillion-dollar competition from New
Zealand's largest cities if it opts for a new events fund to
lure more big acts to Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Dunedin City Council staff have some reading to do after a
late rush of public suggestions on ways to make the most of
Forsyth Barr Stadium.
More than 400 people have had their say on the future use of
Forsyth Barr Stadium as a deadline for public input
There were tackles, kicks, tries and goals on the Forsyth
Barr Stadium pitch yesterday afternoon, but not a paid
athlete in sight.
Business owners in Dunedin have been floored by the idea of a
new targeted rate for the hospitality sector to help rescue
Forsyth Barr Stadium from its financial hole.
Ratepayers could be asked to reach into their pockets again,
or the city's bars and restaurants could be slapped with a
new targeted rate, as the Dunedin City Council grapples with
a $3.2 million loss from Forsyth Barr Stadium.
A worse-than-expected $3.2 million loss recorded by the
company running Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium did not rate a
mention at this week's Dunedin City Council meeting.
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