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Friday, November 17, 2006

Auckland's new stadium should be closer to the water

All the endless chatter about the proposal to build a stadium on the Auckland waterfront seems to go on and on.

Thinking about the concept of a waterfront stadium reminds me of something the Roman's used to do with their Colosseum in the early days. Flood the arena and stage mock sea battles!

So how about some yacht races in the new stadium? Now would this not be perfect for the self styled "City of Sails"? KZ7 wouldn't get very far, but some of the smaller Olympic style yachts could easily do a few circuts.

Now lots of water would be a bad for the cricket pitch, as no covers can handle thousands of litres. Yet if this meant an end to dual use stadiums something could be done to improve the standard of the Auckland test cricket pitch. I can remember far too many test matches at Eden Park over the past few years that have been badly affected by a rubbishy slow scoring pitch.

And when we get sick of the rugby we could just let the water keep coming in, and sink the whole thing quite literally. Or hold submarine races!

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At 12:37 pm, Blogger Rich said...

Did you hear Mikey Havoc take your idea up on bFM?

At 8:14 pm, Blogger Joe Hendren said...

Didn't hear a thing!!! Did he mention me by name? When?

Any chance of a linkie so I can listen to it?

Thanks for letting me know :)

At 4:20 pm, Blogger Rich said...

Not by name, but he was talking about it one morning last week. I don't think they record Mikey's show for posterity - it streams at


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