29 Nov 2012

Dunedin councillors consider $4m stadium deficits

9:43 pm on 29 November 2012

A Dunedin City Council subcommittee will meet on Friday to consider hundreds of public submissions as to how its stadium should be used.

With the Forsyth Barr Stadium forecasting debts of more than $4 million for each of the next three years, the council called for submissions on ways to halt the slide.

A physical education professor at Otago University, Steve Jackson, has proposed developing the stadium into a sports technology park where people can have a digital interactive experience.

A Dunedin artist, Graeme Furness, suggests it could accommodate an annual multi sports event.

A city councillor, Colin Weatherall, says Dunedin's old stadium Carisbrook relied on volunteers and community support - something he would like to see at the new stadium.