Went to see Super Rugby Highlanders v Sunwolves. The first pleasure was a simple program for a gold coin donation rather than the ten bucks for a book full of ads that is sold at Australian games. One side of the ground is terraces, with grassy slopes at each end, fantastic. The crowd somehow managed to enjoy themselves and make plenty of noise without security guards everywhere, or idiots bellowing over the loudspeakers a'la Canberra Stadium. People are able to buy four CANS of full strength beer at a time, and yet everyone managed to enjoy themselves. Others could buy ice cream from a Mr Whippy van. The kids ran amok whenever there was a shot at goal, trying to catch the footy. Parents were happy to let them be kids. It was just the most fabulous night, proof that the 'safe', 'secure', sterile crap you get served up at bigger stadiums has made the game less enjoyable.
If you're a rugby lover and in the area, do yourself a favour and get to Invercargill for a game sometime.
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