Stadium bosses have the keys

Last updated 14:33 04/02/2014

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Stadium Southland bosses may have the keys to the stadium but they haven't quite moved in.

After almost 40 months, the stadium keys were handed over by the contractor on Friday. However, Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said it would be a few days before staff could move back "home" and perhaps another week after that before the public could use the stadium.

The stadium would probably open to the public in phases from February 10, Mr Skelt said.

Yesterday, there were still some construction staff onsite "cleaning up" so, for health and safety reasons, stadium staff could technically not move into the building.

He expected staff would start to move in on Thursday, when commissioning would begin in the leadup to the Southern Wild Food Festival, the first public event, on February 22.

"We will do something special on Thursday to welcome staff home," he said. He was not able to confirm an official opening date.

Stadium Trust chairman Acton Smith has previously indicated it could be mid-February.

It is understood Netball New Zealand will be at the stadium today to try out the courts.

More than 60 events have been scheduled to be staged at the stadium.

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