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Proposed stadium a NZ first

Published: 7:28AM Thursday August 10, 2006 Source: ONE Sport

The Carisbrook Stadium Trust on Wednesday revealed plans for a new multi-purpose stadium in Dunedin, complete with retractable roof.

If the multi-million dollar stadium project gets the go-ahead, Dunedin could see the return of top-level international rugby and cricket events after both national bodies have opted to use other venues with Carisbrook no longer considered up to standard.

The project launch on Wednesday painted a broad picture with specifics such as cost and the location of the stadium yet to be nailed down.

If completed, the stadium would be the first in New Zealand to have a roof and it was that aspect of the proposed new venue that took the spotlight on Wednesday.

"It would be the icing on the cake. It would be the only stadium in the country that can't be rained or fogged out," said Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Ferry.

The next step for the trust is to open discussions with the Otago Regional Council and begin the public consultation process.

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