Dunedin’s new stadium has been controversial.
Some people think there’s nothing wrong with Carisbrook, some don’t like the new location, many object to the cost.
I support the new stadium and its location in the north end of the city, close to the campus which is such an important part of the historical, cultural and financial fabric of Dunedin.
Saturday was very mild for winter in this part of the world – 16 degrees at lunchtime. But that’s unusual for winter and it wouldn’t be unknown for some summer days to struggle to get that high,
The idea of a roofed stadium which takes away worries about weather for event organisers is a good one for a venue which is suitable for a variety of sports, the arts and other entertainment options.
On Saturday we joined the thousands who accepted the invitation to visit the building and were impressed with what’s been achieved so far.
Wellington’s stadium is better known at the Cake Tin, Carisbrook was the ‘Brook or House of Pain.
It’s officially called the Forsyth Barr stadium and while I appreciate the need to give the major sponsors their due, that’s a bit of a mouthful and I suspect it won’t be long before it gets a nick name, but what’ll it be?