Loving that roof

It was raining steadily when we got to Dunedin late yesterday afternoon and we were more than a little damp by the time we got to the stadium.

Bu once inside, out of the rain and the wind, we were able to enjoy the pre-match entertainment from the Army Band and the fun of being part of a near-capacity crowd at an international fixture without being distracted by the wet and cold.

The Forsyth Barr stadium was a controversial project and some are still concerned about its cost. But it is a wonderful facility and there is no doubt that putting a roof on it has made it much more comfortable for spectators and players.

Whoever is in charge of building whatever will replace the Christchurch stadium should be consulting the people behind Dunedin’s and going for a roof too.

And the rugby? To my admittedly inexpert eyes, England never even approached top gear and the 67-3 score said more about Romania being mis-matched than the English team performing well.

They struggled against Argentina in their first match, last week the score in the game against Georgia flattered them and last night they showed little if any flair.

The question is, is that it or will they be able to go up several notches when they’re really tested in the quarter finals?

A couple of young Scots were sitting behind us. We asked why they weren’t in Wellington to support their own team. They said they’d had tickets for Christchurch, built their itinerary round that and it was too expensive to fly from Queenstown to Wellington so they were making the most of the Rugby World Cup experience.

We didn’t tell them our nephew and his Argentinean wife got cheap seats to fly up from Dunedin and will be at the Cake Tin today cheering on Los Pumas.

We’d booked a table at Filadelfio’s to enable us to combine dinner with watching the All Blacks vs France.

It’s too soon to relax, there are a lot of important games to go  yet. But last night’s 37-17 win  was a wonderful way for Richie McCaw to celebrate his 100th match for the All Blacks.

Like Inventory 2, I was moved to watch an obviously ill Jock Hobbs present Richie with the silver test cap.

P.S. – We noticed a photographer with a big lens on the catwalk high above the ground. It wasn’t us he was looking for though, it was Zara Philliips and he found her.

P.P.S. – The curtain raiser was a few hours before the main game. The Nude Blacks met the Romanian Vampires (with fangs and cloaks but sans clothes) in a match at Larnach Castle earlier in the day. (Don’t click the link if you’re offended by nudity).

Full credit to whoever saw the marketing opportunity – the Nude Blacks were sponsored by grabaseat and Bottom Bus.

2 Responses to Loving that roof

  1. gravedodger says:

    Your comment about the Forsyth Barr Stadium is not gaining the traction here as many would wish.
    I have heard comments re the stadium Capacity when the reality is that 99% of the time a FB will be a struggle to sellout and the other 1%, well cost benefit mitigates against it.
    The Caketin is very appropriate for the Capital but IMHO a replica FB for the new Christchurch is something that should at least be put out there as a fundamental basic part of any plan being developed.

  2. Neil says:

    Perhaps slightly off subject but I feel strongly about it.

    As a South Islander I will probably get hammered by other “islanders” or even realistic people!!.I’m just disappointed about this in this marvellous tournament.
    Reading newspaper articles how people are going to the minnow games in places like Nelson.Invercargill,Rotorua,Whangarei and Napier. Thery filled the stadiums with 10 000-12 000 people. How many people would have gone to a Romania v Georgia game in Auckland or Wellington. People have so much choice in Auckland there would be few spectators at the match.People go to the elite games there.
    Whenever there is the whiff of a significant game they whip off to Auckland,North Harbour,Hamilton or Wellington. Dunedin is marginal ChCh would have got a game.They want the gate !
    Our provinces are continually ignored by the Rugby Union simply because they would rather have 60 000 spectators and fill the coffers.I acknowledge that but wonder whether we are getting a fair go.
    There is a tendency of a nannyish approach when the Rugby Union talks about the great crowds in the provinces. They don’t trust them with the All Blacks at any times unless playing easy beats.
    Why didn’t the Dunedin stadium host at least one game with the All Blacks, after all they are our national team with the odd provincial player. After all we are one country.Doesn’t the Otago Stadium seat 30 000 about the same number as the Wellington” cake tin”
    A last comment, there is often criticism of the southern region Highlanders and replacing them with another NI franchise. How can we sell the game without some exposure to our national team playing a tier one country rather than matches against Fiji or Canada

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