Taranaki Rugby Football Union statement in response to the New Plymouth District Council’s report on Yarrow Stadium East Stand (TSB Stand): 28 November 2017

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Tuesday, 28 November, 2017

Taranaki Rugby Football Union statement following the New Plymouth District Council’s independent engineering report on Yarrow Stadium East Stand (TSB Stand):

Taranaki Rugby chief executive Michael Collins said news earthquake strengthening work was needed on the East Stand was a surprise and disappointing, but he was thankful the New Plymouth District Council had moved quickly to notify the union of the report’s preliminary findings.

“This development is very new and preliminary, so there is still a lot of assessment to be done to confirm what work is required,” Mr Collins said.

“The safety of Taranaki Rugby staff and our members, fans and corporate partners is paramount, so we fully support the decision to vacate the East Stand as a precautionary measure. We are currently working through the options for relocation of our business, including 20 staff and equipment, from our East Stand offices.

“We have a very good working relationship with the council and will support them in whatever decisions are necessary regarding remedial work on the stand.”

Mr Collins said it was expected the Port Taranaki Bulls’ home games would still be played at Yarrow Stadium in 2018, but without the use of the TSB Stand.

“The venue remains open with a capacity of 18,000.”

There will be no further comment at this stage from Taranaki Rugby.