Otago union reviewing office space

The Otago Rugby Football Union is reviewing its office layout but any developments or possible shift could be years away and nothing has been set in stone.

The union has its offices in the second mezzanine floor of the South Stand at Forsyth Barr Stadium and has been there since relocating from Carisbrook.

Union general manager Richard Kinley confirmed the union was scoping out what its needs were in the future and that might include new offices.

However, he said everything depended on costs and whether the correct offices could be found or, in fact, were needed.

He said the union had a good relationship with DVML management and the current offices worked well but there was always a need to review the situation and look at what best suited the union in the future.

''We need to see ourselves as a professionally run sporting organisation and we have to look at what we have got as our shop window,'' he said.

The union was working with DVML over the issue and Kinley said it would be logical to stay in the stadium.

''We play at the stadium, we are 50m away from the training fields and there are some nice new changing sheds over at Logan Park so it is not too bad all round,'' he said.

Kinley said there was no timeline on when or if a move happened.

The union's offices at the stadium appear cramped at times and there is not a lot of privacy for workers.

There had been suggestions the union was looking to relocate to Opoho where the grounds could be used by representative teams but Kinley said that was not the case and the union was looking at many different options.

The facilities at Opoho were fairly basic and would have to be significantly upgraded.

Opoho was still used by Alhambra-Union teams as a training venue and was occasionally used for lower grade games.

A pre-season rugby league tournament was played at the ground earlier this year.

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