Major sporting events at Yarrow Stadium could be under threat because of strong winds.
The New Plymouth District Council, which runs the stadium on behalf of the Taranaki Regional Council, introduced a new rule that requires the stadium to be evacuated if winds from the south reach 52 knots (96.304kmh).
Council enforced the rule on Thursday when winds exceeded the limit, which forced the Taranaki rugby training session to move to Vogeltown Park.
NPDC recreation and events manager Ron Murray said a storm in March last year, which resulted in part of the TSB Stand roof lifting, prompted council to investigate safe wind limits.
The wind management plan was introduced purely as a safety measure, he said.
If the winds that struck on Thursday had hit today then the NPC match between Taranaki and Auckland would not be able to go ahead at Yarrow Stadium.
"In any given situation where there could be risk to life and limb then you would have to call it off," Murray said.
"You would have to cancel it and evacuate the place. You would have to be unlucky because we are talking about extreme weather conditions."
The council consulted Eden Park management about their levels before they decided on a level that would put people in danger.
"On the one hand, I suppose, there is a risk of over-reacting but on the other hand, when you are talking about human beings, then obviously safety is the priority."
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