Eden Park

Five minutes into the job and Phil Goff wants to blow a billion on a stadium

Now Phil Goff wants to build a stadium!

Now Phil Goff wants to build a stadium!

Well, we did warn you. Phil Goff has just picked up from where Len Brown left off. Now he wants to build a stadium…at a cost of more than $1 billion.

What is it with socialists and grand projects?

New Auckland Mayor Phil Goff wants to make an early start on a $1 billion stadium on railway land alongside Vector Arena.

In an interview with NewstalkZB’s Tony Veitch to be aired today, Goff said he does not want to spend an estimated $250 million on upgrading Eden Park over the next 15 years and believes the spiritual home of rugby and cricket could be sold for as much as $300m.

Goff, who has only been in the mayoral job for two weeks, stressed the council did not have up to $1b to invest in a new stadium right now but if the council did not start planning it would miss the boat.    Read more »

Eradicating the stadium virus

Tim Hunter writes about the return of the stadium virus.

We thought we had eradicated it 10 years ago with a thorough spray of practical economics but the stadium virus has returned.

Symptoms include feverish thirst for large expenditure of other people’s money, repetition of the word “waterfront” and an interest in design ideas resembling bird nests or vulvas.

Some of those infected are probably chronic sufferers, or possibly carriers of the disease. That wealthy Warriors owner Eric Watson is keen for taxpayers to provide a swanky new home for his league franchise is as unexpected as the growth of a fingernail.

Warriors sponsor Vodafone has also joined the chorus, with its CEO Russell Stanners describing a “waterfront” stadium as “a fantastic idea.”

It probably is if your company can waltz in and stick your name on a stadium for a pittance after the public has spent hundreds of millions building the thing.

Yet for those who have to front up with the cash, which is invariably the public, the glaring lack of economic viability of stadiums is rather more important.

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Goff pulls Mallard’s old stadium plan out for his mayoral bid

Trevor Mallard wanted a waterfront stadium for Auckland and now Phil Goff is promising one if he is elected mayor.

The tired old MP can’t even come up with new ideas and he is just acting like the true socialist he really is by promising to spend literally billions on boondoggle projects.

Eden Park is not a long term option for major sporting events and Auckland needs to look at alternatives such as a waterfront stadium, mayoral candidate Phil Goff says.

The debate over whether Auckland should construct a national stadium in the central city has reignited, with many groups supporting the idea.

Warriors managing director Jim Doyle said Auckland should return to its pre-Rugby World Cup 2011 plan of building a waterfront stadium capable of hosting all the major sporting codes.

“For me, it’s the only logical outcome for the city and possibly the country. I think it will happen, it’s just a case of when,” he said.

Labour MP and mayoral hopeful Phil Goff said  Auckland “looked a gift horse in the mouth” when it turned down the chance to construct a government-funded stadium on its waterfront.

In 10 to 15 years’ time Eden Park would need major investment, and it still had all the disadvantages of not being near enough to transport links and amenities, and of being in a residential neighbourhood, Goff said.   Read more »

Why did the taxpayer cough up $180k for Jonah’s memorial?

It is this sort of small beer wastage that people remember when thinking about voting.

God knows why National wasted $180,000 on Jonah’s barely attended memorial at Eden Park.

Jonah Lomu’s public farewell at Eden Park cost taxpayers more than $180,000, though most of the seats in the stands were empty.

The great All Black winger collapsed and died at his Auckland home on November 18, 2015, following a long battle with a rare kidney disease.

A public memorial service was hosted at Eden Park on November 30 to farewell the rugby legend.

Figures obtained under the Official Information Act show the Government spent $181,207 on the event.   Read more »

Public transport rulez…oh wait!

trains crippled

How about that public transport huh?

Three out of four lines on Auckland’s rail network have been shut down.

Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan said the Southern, Eastern and Onehunga lines had been temporarily suspended while the network was being reset after a train broke down earlier this morning.

Mr Hannan said buses were now transferring passengers but people could expect delays.

Auckland Transport tweeted a limited replacement bus service was operating between Otahuhu and Orakei and The Strand.    Read more »

Sports trougher wants someone else to pay for yet another stadium

Another sports trougher wants someone else to pay for yet another stadium Auckland doesn’t need.

Warriors boss Jim Doyle wants Eden Park knocked down in what would be a controversial but vital step towards building a dedicated football stadium in downtown Auckland.

Doyle, who returned to New Zealand after two years as the NRL’s chief operating officer, believes it is time to let go of a big part of Auckland’s history to create a vibrant future.

Doyle wants the Blues and Auckland rugby games relocated temporarily to Mt Smart, a dedicated football stadium. In a happy coincidence, the Blues’ new HQ is nearby, at Alexandra Park.

The ultimate goal would be a 40,000-seat downtown stadium as the home of rugby, league and football with money from the sale of outdated, poorly-located Eden Park contributing to the costs. The city stadium would rejuvenate sport and boost the centre of town, with tourists who shun outlying stadiums also attracted to the new arena.

Doyle says he is continually frustrated at the favoured status of rugby, especially when it blocks vital progress. The national game could no longer sit on an ineffective stadium with a 50,000 capacity it hardly ever needed. This situation was preventing Auckland getting the football facility it desperately needed.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Andrew Cornaga/photosport.co.nz

Photo: Andrew Cornaga/photosport.co.nz

The Unforgettable Martin Crowe

Martin Crowe is chased by fans, New Zealand Black Caps v Australia, Cricket World Cup, Eden Park, New Zealand. 22 February 1992.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Martin Crowe Inducted Into ICC Hall of Fame

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Sports Talk: Eden Park & the future of test cricket

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As the NZ cricket season winds to a close with the Ford Trophy winding up yesterday with an easy win to the Auckland Aces over Canterbury and the Black Caps winding up their NZ summer campaign last week against England, there still remains the question around the use of Eden Park as a test ground. Eden Park is never going to be remotely close to even a third full with the best possible crowd that a New Zealand cricket test can muster, even less so with the ticket prices of up to $45 for a single day or $105 for all 5 days of a 5 day test. This leaves only one other realistic option: finding another suitable location for international test matches within Auckland. Auckland Cricket is pushing for a test during next summers test series against India, despite the England test match only attracting a daily average of 7,600 over the 5 days. It is a far better option to move the tests to a smaller venue and fill it for a great atmosphere than 1/4 fill an echo chamber with people dotted around it’s perimeter with 10 empty seats between each person.

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Sports Talk: NRL/Cricket

The third cricket test (or was that the first?) between the  Black Caps and England at Eden Park in what will be the final chance to produce the first and only result in what has been a dead series dominated by neither England nor the Black Caps, but the weather.  The Black Caps will have a hard grind to pull a decent result to snatch a win from the worlds second best test team at a ground they haven’t won a match at for 404 days. They will take some comfort in Kevin Pietersen being ruled out due to a knee injury, but still leaves a potent batting lineup that could prove difficult to remove for New Zealands reasonably inexperienced bowling attack.

404 days since a win, that can’t be a good omen

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