Stadium fare: Fair price or not?

19:54, Feb 10 2014

Chairman John Shewan takes issue with an editorial in The Dominion Post on the costs of refreshments at the Westpac Stadium.

Your editorial (Feb 8) asserts that refreshments at Westpac Stadium are wildly overpriced. This conveys a myth your newspaper seems determined to perpetuate despite having previously published figures showing it's incorrect.

Refreshments at the stadium (for example, $4 for a hotdog, $5 for chips, $5.50 for a sandwich, $6.50 for fish and chips and $7.50 for a beer) are priced equal to and in many cases below other Wellington food outlets and New Zealand stadiums.

If patrons want to spend less they're entitled to bring sandwiches and fruit et cetera and an empty water bottle to fill at the free water coolers.

A fair price for stadium fare? Or not?

Have your say below the story.

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Your conclusion that the Phoenix and stadium management must work together is correct, and that's happening.

As part of our drive to increase fan numbers, the stadium pays the Phoenix a substantial marketing grant for each home game, makes the facility available at a very concessionary rate, and is at present expending a significant amount upgrading fan facilities.

Those efforts to further enhance New Zealand's most heavily used multi-purpose outdoor stadium aren't helped by the region's daily newspaper putting fans off by inaccurate reporting.

John Shewan, Chairman, Westpac Stadium

Wellington