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Churchill Park Upgrade For Super Rugby

Sitting capacity will be increased with the building of temporary stands when the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua host the Chiefs at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on May 28.
27 Apr 2022 13:50
Churchill Park Upgrade For Super Rugby
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua suspended captain Nemani Nagusa with the new i voce during the team’s official welcome at the Fiji Museum in Suva on April 25, 2022. The Drua will take on the Highlanders this Saturday at ANZ Stadium, Suva. Photo: Leon Lord

Sitting capacity will be increased with the building of temporary stands when the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua host the Chiefs at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on May 28.

This was confirmed in a press conference yesterday by Drua Chief Executive Officer, Brian Thorburn.

Thorburn said work on upgrading the venue should start soon with only a month to go.

 

“I’m delighted to announce that we will be playing the Chiefs in round 15 of the tournament competition on Satur­day May 28, kicking off at 3pm,” Thorburn said.

“That match will provide a wonderful opportunity for our players to have a second game in front of their fans,” he said.

“We are going to build a temporary grandstand that will take about 1200 people so that’s another thing that will in­crease sitting capacity.”

 

“The West has never had a Super Rugby game.”

“Previously, they’ve all been held in Suva. So this is the first event and we’re simply delighted.”

Ticket prices will be known later.

The games have been shifted to 3pm as Churchill Park does not have quality lights for a night match which will cost millions of dollars.

“One of the critical issues with Churchill Park it needs lights. It’s needs broadcast quality lights, and there’s not enough budget for that at this point in time.”

 

“So in achieving that outcome we have to negotiate a 3pm kickoff.”

“We will be making further announcements probably ear­ly next week about logistics and so forth.”

“So we haven’t finalised our view on prices. But we’ll do that in the course of this week.”

 

“And I hope to be in a position to make announcements on those kind of matters on Monday – in terms of the facilities.

“For example, there are there are only two boxes at the top of the concrete grandstand.”

“And we’ve got television commentators, radio commentators, control rooms, sitting commissioners, tour match officials to give the field of play view in an enclosed environment.”

“We have intentions to working with the Lautoka City council to remove those two boxes and replace them with about six or seven.”

 

“And that’s not something we can do in a month because you know, by the time you have designs, get approvals, and you have to make it happen.”

“So we’ll find a way of dealing with that issue.”

Other upgrades are need to be done are at the coaches’ boxes and repainting the dressing rooms and replace some of the toilets.

“It just needs a bit of a bit of a tidying up,” Thorburn said.

 

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