3D tick­ets re­funded

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The hand­ful of rugby fans who bought tick­ets to watch Rugby World Cup matches in 3D at Te Rau­paraha Arena will be fully re­funded.

This fol­lows the de­ci­sion by Auck­land firm 3DLive to quit its broad­casts for the semi­fi­nals, fi­nal and third place play­off, which were to be shown in seven venues around the coun­try, in­clud­ing the Arena and Welling­ton Town Hall. Slow ticket sales will leave 3DLive out of pocket – broad­cast­ing in 3D could cost up to $5 mil­lion – but Rugby World Cup 2011 Ltd may still film in 3D for view­ers with 3D-ca­pa­ble tele­vi­sions.

The Arena’s man­ager Wil­lie Tau­rima says the plug was pulled be­cause ticket prices may have been con­sid­ered out of reach – $90 to $110 per adult – and Ki­wis were wary about pay­ing those prices with no as­sur­ance that New Zealand would make it that far in the tour­na­ment. He con­firmed that the num­ber of seats sold for the Arena was less than a dozen.

3DLive did an­nounce re­cently that ‘‘ pre­mium’’ seats were be­ing cut to $95, and cin­e­mas were only charg­ing $40 to $50, but sales re­mained slug­gish.

Mr Tau­rima says it was an ex­cit­ing prospect, and the Arena lost an op­por­tu­nity to earn some money, but they were not out of pocket them­selves.

‘‘It was the same for most places, I un­der­stand, al­though there would have been more tick­ets sold in Auck­land. But price was the big­gest bar­rier down here, it was hard to get peo­ple in the door for $100. We saw it as a ‘nice to have’ here in Porirua and I think that feel­ing of be­ing in a sta­dium was what they (3DLive) were try­ing to cre­ate, it would have been real live drama.’’

Book­ings have al­ready been made to cover the gaps in the Arena’s calendar, in­clud­ing the Howard Mor­ri­son Jnr Trio, so Mr Tau­rima says Porirua res­i­dents won’t miss out on en­ter­tain­ment.

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