High times at Stadium on cards

Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Fans of Forsyth Barr Stadium could soon be offered a new view of the venue from on top of the roof.

Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive Darren Burden, taking in the view yesterday, confirmed this week he was keen to progress ''thrill-seeker'' opportunities at the stadium, giving those with an interest a new perspective on the venue.

He planned to start by introducing a more extensive tour of the venue in time for the 2013-14 financial year, beginning on July 1.

He would also investigate whether the tour could include allowing the public to walk across the gantry suspended from the top of the venue's south stand, which offered a bird's-eye view of the playing surface below.

However, to cater to the more adventurous, Mr Burden also wanted to explore two more hair-raising options - a walk across the top of the venue's plastic roof, and a flying fox ride running diagonally above the playing surface, from one corner of the venue to the other.

The roof walk would be ''a little bit more extreme'', but would be similar to bridge walks on offer in Sydney and Auckland, he said.

The flying fox might also be an option inside the venue, stretching from one corner of the stadium to the other to give the longest run, he said.

Some of the ideas, including the roof walk, were raised when a council plea for suggestions on how best to improve the stadium generated 487 responses.

Mr Burden said yesterday the more extreme options had yet to be investigated in any detail, and might prove impossible to implement, but he was keen to explore them.

''If you talk to people about it, sometimes their eyes light up ... I think there would be a level of demand for those types of things,'' he said.

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