Mt Smart stadium

Coldplay: show will bring $4m in economic benefits

Coldplay's multi-million dollar gig just the start for Auckland

Thu 8 Nov 12 3

Auckland's economic development agency is expecting millions of dollars to pour into the economy from tonight's concert.

Beckham debacle proves Mt Smart is an orphan - auditors

Wed 20 Jan 10 3

Mount Smart Stadium’s status as an orphan within the Auckland Regional Council’s structure led to the commercial failure of the LA Galaxy exhibition match in December 2008, according to government auditors.

In a 47-page report released by Deputy Controller and Auditor General Phillipa Smith, the LA Galaxy/Oceania ‘All Stars’ match – which lost $1.88 million despite featuring global star David Beckham - was “in essence the wrong event, at the wrong time, for the wrong price.”

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