Stadium Southland bosses will face challenges advertising it as a multifunctional concert venue, two arts community stalwarts have warned.
Invercargill Licensing Trust board members Angela Newell and Suzanne Prentice expressed their professional concerns about the lack of a suitable concert sound system at ILT Stadium Southland.
They told a trust meeting yesterday the venue did not have an in-house sound system, which could result in community groups forking out an extra $10,000 to get extra equipment for a show.
"The stadium is just not geared up for a concert with big sound," Newell said.
She highlighted the poor sound at a recent community concert as an example. It could also cost a further $1800 for more lighting, and a good sound system could cost the stadium an additional $1 million, she said.
Prentice said the stadium should be careful about calling it a multifunctional venue.
But trust sales and marketing manager Gary Muir said realistically the stadium was a sports venue, not a concert venue, and big acts brought their own gear.
However, Prentice argued it was a "local" venue to be used by locals for concerts.
Trust general manager Greg Mulvey said: "It's going to be that way until the stadium trust can justify spending more money and at the moment they are already stretched."
The ILT had already given about $20m.
- The Southland Times
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