Cup project boss has mixed feelings
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.