Yesterday was the first of several days on which use of the Stadium is virtually given away to local Rugby, with spectator entry by gold-coin donation. This seems extraordinarily generous, especially considering the disgraceful way Otago Rugby has treated Dunedin ratepayers. Surely a entry-fee of $10 or so would be reasonable, and help reduce the Stadium’s operating losses.
DVML CEO, David Davies, is being paid a salary of $250,000, which was justified by his responsibility to attract events and make the Stadium financially viable. In this, he has failed. And by giving away the product like this, he has made it harder to charge a realistic price in the future. The Stadium’s outlook is now even more difficult.