The roof was the winner on the night

The economists tell us that stadiums (stadia?) don’t stack up financially.

The Forsyth Barr Stadium has plenty of critics who will feel vindicated by that but I doubt if anyone among the capacity crowd at the All Blacks’ first test there cared about that and the roof was the winner on the night.

The forecast was for wintry conditions. I was drizzling as we arrived for the match against the Springbok, but with a covered stadium, once we were inside it didn’t matter.

Only in Dunedin would pre-match entertainment include blokes in tutus – the Selwyn Ballet – and I am sure they too appreciated being under cover.

We were at the game as guests of Ravensdown which brought the bonus of pre-match banter from former All Blacks Buck Shelford, John Timu and Josh Kronfeld. Then there was after-match excitement when we were joined by Olympic rowers Mahe Drysdale and Juliette Haigh.

As for the rugby? A win’s a win but there were plenty of times when it looked like the 21 – 11 score in New Zealand’s favour could just have easily gone the other way.

At the final whistle it was the All Blacks ahead and the winners of the Freedom Cup.

8 Responses to The roof was the winner on the night

  1. Andrei says:

    I’m sure all the old age pensioners who spent last night shivering in their cold, unheated Dunedin homes will be gratified to learn that the well off were have a jolly good time in that stadium that they, the pensioners, have to pay for by exorbitant rates increases, from their already modest fixed incomes.


  2. Gravedodger says:

    Typo, your subconscious , or a freudian slip
    Line 1 para 3
    Reads I was drizzling, which is incorrect the “I” or the “d”.
    Grizzling doesn’t ring true
    Very envious, a great occasion but the rugby didn’t measure up imho.

    You make a valid point Andrei but I guess 29 300 souls around for the occasion dropped quite a bit of coin and the strugglers you mention might have gained a small benefit from it in some small way.The word progress comes to mind .
    Maybe a more business oriented Council would have done it differently but the current system makes acuity and even common sense an ignored part of decision making.


  3. homepaddock says:

    Typo – It was drizzling, I was smiling.


  4. TraceyS says:

    Quite a few “old age pensioners” were at the Fortune Theatre in Dunedin last night enjoying the play “Heroes”. We turned down corporate box tickets to go to the play with our kids as it was the final performance. Public money also goes to the Fortune even though some people will never go there.


  5. homepaddock says:

    Public money goes to all sorts of facilities and institutions which probably can’t be justified economically.

    The Fortune is one of Dunedin’s tresures. I was sorry to miss this play which sounded like it was up to the theatre’s usual high standards.


  6. TraceyS says:

    Yes it was. The set was fantastic. And the acting very convincing.


  7. Compare the conditions in Dunedin to the one at Kings Park ( in Durban) when the Sharks played WP in the Currie Cup on the same day. Looked more like a water polo game :p

    As for the game, I doubt the Boks will get easier opportunities than this to topple the AB’s. 2 butchered tries, an idiotic prop and pathetic kicking caused their downfall


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