Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…read more
Eden Park Trustees reject Auckland Council cost-cutting proposal
The trustees of Auckland’s largest stadium, Eden Park have rejected a proposal that Auckland Council says would allow it to pay back a $50 million debt underwritten by the city's ratepayers.
Apparently rejecting the opportunity to be part of Auckland Council’s integrated management stadium model, the Eden Park Trust will continue to operate as an independent entity.
Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), the body responsible for Auckland’s major venue, said it presented the Eden Park Trust with a report demonstrating that savings from integrating its management with other stadiums would allow the stadium to operate at a healthy profit.
RFA Chief Executive Robert Domm told the New Zealand Herald “we have proven that it can be done but they are not coming to the party (but) we can't do much about that. They are operated by an independent trust."
Auckland ratepayers underwrote the final $40 million of Eden Park’s $256 million upgrade for the Rugby World Cup and are owed $6.5 million from an earlier loan.
Eden Park has been widely criticised by hirers as being a high cost venue. The Auckland Warriors NRL team have apparently been deterred by such costs having undertaken a three-game trial at the venue this year.
Facing potential costs of roughly $1 million a season to move all of its games to Eden Park, the Warriors have now opted to play all of their 2015 home matches at Mount Smart Stadium.
In a report in the New Zealand Herald, Domm added "Eden Park has got to reduce its costs, we have been saying that for three years
"They have got too much debt. They are able to service the interest on that debt but they can't fund depreciation.”
Eden Park Trust Chief Executive David Kennedy had "no comment to make on Mr Domm's views", but went on to tell the New Zealand Herald that “(the Trust) is on record as supporting the stadium strategy that has been developed by the RFA. This support has been continuously expressed at council meetings and in formal submissions.
"(The Trust) remains the only major stadium in Auckland to meet all of its financial obligations (including all loan commitments), pay full rates, meet all operating costs and make a positive cash profit without any support from ratepayers.
"We continue to look forward to being the major sporting facility in the region and making a positive contribution to the wider Auckland community."
However, it appears a plan for the stadium to become the city's major sporting venue by hosting the Warriors, Blues, All Blacks, international cricket and major events such as the NRL Nines has effectively been scrapped.
A $30 million Auckland Council plan to create boutique stadiums at Albany and Western Springs for league, cricket and concerts would likely mean events moving away from Eden Park, affecting Eden Park’s revenues.
Domm continued "our focus on Eden Park has come and gone when they decided they didn't want to be part of the integrated management (stadium) model.
"We are kicking on making a success of our three stadiums. We have turned a net loss-making operation into a profit-making operation in three years."
Click here to read the New Zealand Herald feature Eden Park opts to go it alone.
The Eden Park website can be viewed at www.edenpark.co.nz
12th March 2014 - EDEN PARK CONTRIBUTES $72 MILLION TO AUCKLAND’S ECONOMY
24th October 2012 - MORE CONSULTATION ON AUCKLAND COUNCIL STADIUM REPORT
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…read more
SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…read more
At EventPro Software, we are proudly different from our industry competitors. We have a development-driven culture and 20 years’ experience in event, venue, and catering management software,…read more
Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/read more
JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…read more
Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…read more
NovoFit is an exciting and dynamic new company born from two of Australia’s leading commercial fitness equipment suppliers. NovoFit combines over 45 years of industry expertise, delivering state…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!