1. Your money on yourself – explaining the model and age of car you drive, balancing comfort, speed and prestige with cost to your preferred ratio.
2. Your money on someone else – explains why the presents you give are generous but not extravagant.
3. Someone else’s money on you – explaining why you always order the fillet steak and a good Shiraz when eating on the company expense tab.
4. Someone else’s money on someone else – explaining why the New South Wales government just awarded a contract to demolish a stadium and rebuild it before the new one had been designed.
No, really. That last one just happened.
In the Olympic event of “Pissing away other people’s money”, it’s a close contender for Gold along side Victoria’s $1.1bn road that never got built.
I suppose the Moore Park location isn’t as godawful as the Olympic Stadium at Homebush, which takes about an hour to reach even if you live close to it (which nobody who follows sports does), but it’s a crap location nonetheless.
If only there were better alternative suggestions….
Now that it’s been knocked down by
corruption mistake, so to speak, why not take the opportunity to turf over the space and let the local junkies have a larger area to pitch their bivvies and overdose in.
Meanwhile, Sydney could build the world’s best sporting venue evah….
Ladies and Gentlemen…. The Sydney Harbour Stadium:
In summary, our design includes;
1 A world class 120,000 seater stadium built to the north of Clark Island.
2 A “rollable” pitch to be moved out to the east of the stadium when not in use to ensure full sunlight on the grass (learning the lesson of Wales’ Millennium Stadium)
3 A new dedicated underground railway station linking up with Wynyard and terminating at Clark Island.
4 A new ferry wharf to the north west of the stadium connecting with Circular Quay and the other ferry routes.
Imagine the excitement of jumping on a quick ferry ride to a major international sporting event held in the middle of the world’s most beautiful natural harbour. Spectators would quickly arrive and depart using multiple ferries to different harbour locations and the train would connect with the existing rail network.
The footage of the game would be the best advert for Australian tourism (another industry in dire need of stimulus) ever shown on TV. Away matches in Sydney would be the highlight of every international team’s fixtures and their fans would always consider those fixtures as the first choice for travel.
Unlike the current disastrous commercial project the New South Wales government has presided over, this proposed stadium has been fully-designed and costed and, if the government minister would contact me, I will be happy to hand over the three used Malboro packets with the details.
(Keen observers will notice the basic idea for this stadium appeared elsewhere but I have since taken ownership of the copyright).