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Bay of plenty MARCH/APRIL 2017 VOLUME 2: ISSUE 9 WWW.BOPBUSINESSNEWS.CO.NZ FACEBOOK.COM/BOPBUSINESSNEWS From left: Stu Stevenson Clubfit Manager, Cian O’Cinnseala BayAV Manager, Gillian Houser Business Development Manager, Amy Kemeys Event Delivery Manager, Ervin McSweeney Commercial Manager, Richard Wilson ASB Baypark Venue Manager A marked increase in the number and variety of events staged is giving Mt Maunganui’s ASB Baypark Stadium and Arena a reputation as ‘the hub of entertainment in Bay of Plenty’. By GEOFF TAYLOR 2017 has been a spectacular year to date highlighted by a second Bay Dreams Festival in early January which with 18,000 attending was the largest festival in the country over summer. It was the start of an incredibly busy period as the venue also hosted the Frequency under 18 event and acts such as Peking Duck, Times x TWO, Dragon, Mi-Sex, The Feelers, Broods, Kings, Theia, Devilskin, Halestorm,T-Pain, Jimmy Barnes and The Hollies as well as stadium events Nitro Circus and D1NZ - Drifting. The line-up emphasises the venue’s transformation and highlights the fact that the days of ASB Baypark being known mainly for speedway and rugby have long gone. In all, this financial year, ASB Baypark is expected to host about 550 events, including everything from small meetings, conferences, functions, concerts, sporting events to major speed events. Already it has hosted 230,000 people since June 2016 with activities achieving 18 percent above last year. “Baypark is a very busy place with the last two months being the busiest by far with Bay Dreams Festival in January. a variety of different events,” says Richard Wilson, venue manager ASB Baypark. “Since Christmas there have been six speedway meetings, seven concerts, one very large music festival (Bay Dreams), Nitro Circus, the Drifting (where the clay speedway track got temporarily covered by a concrete track), and of course, our regular sporting programmes and activities.” Offering such versatility doesn’t come easy and the venue has hundreds of people often working through the night to reorganise a conference room or concert stage. “Our experienced team works hard and enjoys the challenge of preparing Baypark for so many varied events,” he says. ASB Baypark business development manager, Gillian Continued on page 3