So our options for a venue for the 2011 Rugby World Cup final seem to be
Eden Park Bledisloe Wharf
- [undisclosed] other waterfront location.
If it’s either of the last two we’ll get something called Stadium Aotearoa. Wooooo
What a terrible name by the way. Stadiums shouldn’t be named anything like that because then it’s harder to sell naming rights later (remember the Basin Reserve’s problems) and naming rights help pay for the thing. I believe that for
Auckland Mayor Dick Hubbard got a little too excited over the Bledisloe Wharf idea, claiming that ground work could start on “the next Tuesday” if the Government O.K.ed it. Ports of
Moreover, there is a Treaty Claim on the land by Ngati Whatua o Orakei that has to be taken into consideration. This might not be a deal breaker but it’s pretty bad that that Ngati Whatua weren’t consulted earlier.
And finally we’ve been lied to slightly. We’ve all seen the pics of the “the Bedpan” (left).
That stadium is the Allianz Arena in
Using the magic of Google Maps I laid the Allianz Arena onto the
It looks like the Bledisloe idea is dead and it's a good thing.
If another stadium is built in
The redesign looks good but doesn’t address the biggest issues about the park. The number one problem being that it is located right in the middle of a very rich suburb. The other problem is that it isn’t a stadium; it’s a collection of stands.
Also if we are doing up
I would leave
Other waterfront location
Where? Where are you going to put a stadium on
Now where are you going to put a 60,000+ seat stadium? 60,000 seats mean 60,000 people. And lets be honest most of them will drive. I did a post about stadiums a while back. In that I briefly discussed the parking issue. At the time
Notice that it’s on two major highways and what looks like a rail system as well. There is nothing like that on the
So can we please, please, stop talking about the
So what about all of the other games? I assume that wherever the new stadium goes that’s where the All Blacks will be based for the tournament. But what about the other big teams that will have large numbers of followers?
Our current list of stadiums is (North to South):
- Somewhere in
Auckland “Stadium” (One stand doesn’t make it a stadium) North Harbour ( Rugby Park ) Hamilton
- Westpac Trust Stadium (
- Jade Stadium (
- Carisbrook (
, also undergoing possible redevelopment) Dunedin
Smaller venues include
Shouldn’t we be trying to milk this cash cow? Why aren’t we upgrading ALL of our stadiums to pack in those Poms, Ockers, and Yarpies and fleece them for every penny? And why aren’t the smaller venues saying things like “we can host
By the way, I would love to watch