Dunedin businessmen say jobs will be on the line after an audiovisual contract at Forsyth Barr Stadium was awarded to a recently formed, out-of-town company with links to a former Australian bankrupt.
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.
More than 400 people have had their say on the future use of Forsyth Barr Stadium as a deadline for public input approaches.
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.
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.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has expressed concern at the decision to award an audiovisual contract for work inside the Forsyth Barr Stadium to a new, out-of-town company linked to a former Australian bankrupt.
The Dunedin City Council is asking the public for ideas as it searches for ways to make the most of Forsyth Barr Stadium.
This is the match few, including it seems the Otago Rugby Football Union, expected.
Dunedin's newest market opened under cover yesterday.
Stallholders at the first market in Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday will include some Dunedin pupils fundraising to volunteer at an orphanage in Southeast Asia.
Former Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive David Davies is winging his way back to England after firing some parting shots in the Forsyth Barr Stadium debate. He gave his final interview to reporter Chris Morris.
A circling seagull caught on camera searching for a way out of the spotlight inside Forsyth Barr Stadium is not the only one with ruffled feathers.
Moves to bring top-level rugby league to Forsyth Barr Stadium appear poised to pay off, after Brisbane Broncos commercial operations manager Terry Reader reportedly visited Dunedin recently.
The size of the challenge ahead is not lost on Darren Burden as he prepares to become the next man to run the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Darren Burden, the next man to run the Forsyth Barr Stadium, has again defended his role in a controversial contract.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has accused anti-stadium campaigner Bev Butler of "descending to personality attacks" while running a smear campaign against the next boss of the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Angry rugby fans have forced a concession from Dunedin Venues Management Ltd, after threatening to tear up membership contracts over a lounge lockout for next weekend's All Blacks test against the Springboks.
A proposal to replace the mixed grass turf inside the Forsyth Barr Stadium with a full artificial turf - at an estimated cost of $1 million - will be considered by a Dunedin City Council subcommittee examining changes to the year-old venue.
Another concert has been confirmed for Forsyth Barr Stadium.