'Long term vision' needed to host and sustain major concerts and events in Auckland

Auckland needs to have a "long term vision" in order to sustain and host major concerts and events, according to promoters who have expressed their opinions about current infrastructure to Regional Facilities Auckland. 

A record seven concerts this summer brought in $37 million into the economy, with British singer Adele's tour alone contributing over $16 million. 

CEO of Regional Facilities Auckland Chris Brooks told TVNZ'1's Breakfast programme today that they are looking at the potential for a central city stadium to host and sustain a growing number of international acts coming to New Zealand. 

"We've got a lot of feedback from the promoters around the major events about there is the need for perhaps Auckland to have a long term vision in terms of what it does for it's major sporting and cultural facilities," Mr Brooks said. 

He said New Zealand is "coming off our best concert season ever" and believes there will be "continual growth in the concert markert" in Auckland. 

"I think Mt Smart (Mt Smart Stadium in Mt Wellington) works well at the moment," Mr Brooks said, especially when temporary stands were built too allow extra capacity at Adele's three sold out Auckland shows.

He said they received "amazing feedback" from Adele's promoters about how the event rain and revealed that there are several concerts penciled in for next year. 

Regional Facilities Auckland is looking at what the potential is for a central city stadium. Source: Breakfast