16 December 2016
A revamped Yarrow Stand and new food and beverage facility will be open ahead of this year’s All Blacks test match at Yarrow Stadium in September.
The contract for the $2.35 million project has just been awarded and work is due to begin early in the New Year.
“The upgrade makes the venue more appealing for big events and a wider range of customers,” says Yarrow Stadium Joint Committee Chairman Michael Joyce.
“It means we’ll be in a stronger position to pitch for national and international events, and a wider variety of sport and non-sport events, due to the increased number of quality hospitality packages that we can offer.”
The project includes converting the existing two food and beverage outlets in the Yarrow Stand into hospitality suites that can be configured into four spaces suitable for 40 people each, or two spaces for 80 people each.
The new hospitality suites will have glass frontages facing the pitch, as with the Legends Lounge in the TSB Stand.
To accommodate the new suites, gate four will be relocated to the rear of a new food and beverage building constructed near the Star Gym. The facility will have 12 facings for food and drink purchases and provide a more efficient queuing system and workspace for staff.
Construction is scheduled for completion in July. The All Blacks will face Argentina at Yarrow Stadium on 9 September.
- Yarrow Stadium is owned by TRC, which funds the facility’s maintenance and long-term development. It is operated by NPDC, which meets day-to-day staffing and operational costs. Major decisions about the venue are made by the Yarrow Stadium Joint Committee, comprising representatives of both councils. Ownership of the stadium is formally vested in the Taranaki Stadium Trust, whose two trustees are appointed by TRC.