Edgar Centre now empty centre

Edgar Centre facilities manager Brendon Tilleyshort moves a goal at the venue yesterday. PHOTO:...
Edgar Centre facilities manager Brendon Tilleyshort moves a goal at the venue yesterday. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
The Edgar Centre has gone from the biggest show in town to a bit of a ghost town.

As sports continue to fall by the wayside and the sporting calendar gets more and more sparse, the centre has become somewhat deserted.

There were just a few games of tennis taking place yester­day morning.

The centre plays host to a bucketload of differ­ent sports every week, with futsal being very popular, while the winter season - predominantly netball and basketball - was just starting to get under way.

Edgar centre manager Blair Crawford said the facility was still open to the public and unless advised otherwise the doors would remain open.

But it had lost all the income from its ‘‘bread and butter’’ sports and basically every event and tournament it had booked in for the coming month had been cancelled.

Functions and meetings had also been canned, which would impact the food and beverage operation at the centre.

He expected the centre to take a financial hit and would not rule out temporary clo­sure, but he hoped that would be some time away.

He said the centre was con­tinuing to carry out cleaning.

With fewer events there was less to do for staff once clean­ing and maintenance was up to date. The centre will be keen to keep paying permanent staff and the government assistance package announced this week should help.

Reserves built up over recent years should also come in handy.

The centre was opened in the late 1990s and had become a crucial part of Dunedin’s sporting infrastructure.

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