I have been asked ‘what is a Stadium Lottery’?
The Stadium Lottery idea has been stolen from the successful Sydney Opera House Lottery which paid for the eventual completion of the hopelessly over-budget Opera House. The Opera House went many times over budget because it had never been done before. Opera House supporters bought Lottery tickets every week for 14 years to get it finished.
Our Stadium is going vastly over budget because the costs have been seriously misrepresented to ratepayers to ensure that a series of ‘no turning back’ points were achieved.
I envisage cash as well as memorabilia prizes such as All black signed footballs, sweaty Highlanders tops, and Carisbrook seats [suitably certified] for use as garden furniture etc. [ – after we have finished using them for the RWC. The new Stadium is unlikely to be finished in time because the CST have been disorganized and left their run too late].
Google search “Sydney Opera House Lottery”
Funds were largely provided by a ‘Opera House Lottery’. Since public fund raising campaigns failed to produce sufficient funding, the lottery was created as an alternative source of funds in 1958, before construction had started. The lottery was prolonged as long as construction lasted.[till 1973]