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National Press Club push on international vision
Authored by: GarethB on Saturday, August 22 2015 @ 08:12 pm ACST

The Auckland stadiums debate has been a shambles. Last I heard, the council up there had called a breather, with the regional facilities outfit to think again on its plan to reassign sports to different stadiums, then report back next year.
I guess the stadium referred to by McLachlan is Western Springs. At the moment it's a rugby field surrounded by a speedway track, with room outside that, too. The plan was to turn it into a good-sized boutique test cricket oval: a 15,000 seater, with light towers and a mix of seats and grass embankments, from memory.
But that was part of the old stadiums plan that was taking shots from almost everyone. Cricket didn't seem to want to shift totally from Eden Park No 2, for one. Maybe a local (I'm not from Auckland) has heard a few whispers about progress.

National Press Club push on international vision
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, August 23 2015 @ 10:48 pm ACST

Thanks Gareth. Yeah keen to hear from anyone else too. It's actually when there is a shambles that maybe the AFL can make an impact, if it wants to and is prepared to make a serious investment. With sports or governing bodies undecided or bickering, a small bit of extra weight from a 3rd party can sway an outcome. 15,000 sounds a bit small, would hope for 20,000 and room to expand.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN