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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Hire a stadium?
stadium australia
A letter in this morning's Dominion Post got me to thinking about the "Stadium Aotearoa, ouwww" debate. $700m (or $500m depending on which report you read) for a stadium that'll probably get filled to capacity maybe a couple of times a year does seem a bit extravagant. As one barely coherent caller to Murray Deaker on Sport Radio managed to articulate between a series of neanderthine grunts: "think of all the hip operations that could fund!"

Ah yes, the old 'hip operations' argument. What did the whingers do before hip operations became common place?

Anyway, this letter suggested hiring Stadium Australia, and snarkily remarked that the savings made on construction could be used to fund the flying of the NZRFU, Helen Clark, Trevor Mallard and co. across the ditch to watch the Final.

Which got me to thinking, why not just fly all the Kiwis who want to see the final to Australia? How much would it cost?

Let's assume we're shifting 40,000 people (I assume people from Aussie and overseas can get their via their own steam). Current cheap return airfares to Sydney from Auckland are about $650 a pop (and remember that Air NZ is the official All Blacks airline, so there may be discounts in the making there as well). Pull a number out of a hat for the Stadium hire - $10m. Assorted costs, whack another $10m on there. So...

Airfares: 40k x $650 = $26,000,000
Stadium Hire = $10,000,000
Miscellaneous = $10,000,000

TOTAL: $46,000,000

That's under one-tenth the cost of building the thing, everyone gets a holiday in Sydney, and we don't end up with a white elephant sitting on the waterfront at Auckland. And I'll take a 10% commission from the savings made, thank you very much.

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  • Thats a great blog Noizy, there is a discussion on this at www.sportsfreak.co.nz. BTW am enjoying your podcasts.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:55 PM, November 08, 2006  

  • cheers anon.

    fairly tongue-in-cheek, I must admit.

    a better plan would be whacking another tier onto the caketin, with a retractable roof on top of that. when the crowd looks to be <30k, just close and turn off the lights of the top tier, and you still look like you've got a decent crowd in. heh.

    By Blogger noizy, at 2:42 PM, November 08, 2006  

  • and I'm not sure about my maths. I wonder if there should be an extra zero on the end. (still, even then, it's *still* cheaper).

    By Blogger noizy, at 4:33 PM, November 08, 2006  

  • Hey noizy, you reckon only 40,000 people would want to go?
    You'd probably get that number alone from the hutt valley. Multiply it by 10 and I reckon you'd be a bit closer.

    The mallet

    By Anonymous The mallet, at 6:13 PM, November 08, 2006  

  • free trip to sydney to see the finals?

    they'll be beating them back with sticks.

    the price of the finals tickets themselves will put trademe's selling fee revenues thru the roof.

    By Anonymous tall timber, at 7:46 AM, November 09, 2006  

  • I was thinking 40000 kiwis out of whatever the capacity of Stade Aussie is (100k?). I assume there'll be about the same again of foreigners, and a big block of preferential seating.

    Even so, add 50%, or even 100% to the total, and the figures still work out pretty well...

    By Blogger noizy, at 9:27 AM, November 09, 2006  

  • Good idea, where do I book? But give games to Australia. I believe that we did that at the LAST world cup, didn't we?

    Also the engineers ruled out the "extra tier on the Caketin" idea.

    Oh, and my two cents on the issue are here

    By Blogger Hadyn, at 10:12 AM, November 09, 2006  

  • Also the engineers ruled out the "extra tier on the Caketin" idea.

    Damn those engineers and their attachment to the laws of physical reality.

    By Blogger noizy, at 10:26 AM, November 09, 2006  

  • If the Railyard Stadium (forget this caketin rubbish) had been built in a rectangular shape, then the extra tier would be both affordable and technically viable.

    And there'd be money left over to put decent lights in at the Basin.


    Leg Break

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:27 PM, November 09, 2006  

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