The controversy over Dunedin’s new Forsyth Barr Stadium continued this week with the news that Dunedin City Holdings Limited (DCHL) won’t be able to pay an $8m dividend to the city council. Part of that would have hleped fund the stadium.
That announcement was followed by news that negotiations between the stadium and promoters of Rod Stewart and Meat Loaf had broken down. It is, however, a moot point whether big name acts like that should need the venue for free.
But the stadium was officially opened this morning by Prime Minister John Key so like it or not, it’s up and running.
And I do like it – the only stadium in the country with a roof, and able to grow grass under that roof.
The opening game will be played this afternoon between university colleges Knox and Selwyn and on Sunday North Otago plays West Coast.