Cup project boss has mixed feel­ings

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

He’s been re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing sure the mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar Eden Park up­grade goes off without a hitch.

But re­de­vel­op­ment board chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Fee­ley won’t be in the role when the All Blacks face Tonga in the open­ing match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Mr Fee­ley has re­signed to take up the role of chief ex­ec­u­tive at the Se­ri­ous Fraud Of­fice and says it wasn’t an easy de­ci­sion. “I’ve got pretty mixed feel­ings. “I’m re­ally looking for­ward to join­ing the SFO, but Eden Park’s a great project and will con­tinue to be a great project.”

Mr Fee­ley, who is a lawyer by trade, says get­ting the best ex­perts on board in key ar­eas has proved vi­tal to keep­ing the project on bud­get and six weeks ahead of sched­ule.

While the up­grade is well on track, he says some thought has to be given to what hap­pens with the park af­ter the world cup.

The use of new tech­nol­ogy is some­thing he feels could play a part in en­hanc­ing the spec­ta­tors’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

He says over­seas fans can choose re­plays they want to watch and view match statis­tics all on their mo­bile phones, while more in­for­ma­tion is also put up on the big screen. “The ques­tion is how much of that can we af­ford.”

Eden Park Trust Board chair­man John Waller says Mr Fee­ley has done an out­stand­ing job on what has been a chal­leng­ing project.

“Where the project’s at is an in­di­ca­tion of what he’s done.

“He’s re­ally reached out to all the stake­hold­ers and gained their re­spect.”

No de­ci­sion has been made on a re­place­ment for Mr Fee­ley or an ex­act de­par­ture date.

Adam Fee­ley

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