There was a particularly interesting comment in the article above attributed to Councillor Dave Macpherson:
...the council had been informed by trained professionals who were good "talkers and persuaders".Hmm. Did the V8 experience not ring any alarm bells? Heck, didn't the experience of the Canberra V8 supercars in the early 2000's at least raise some eyebrows? What about the volumes of research that have questioned the accuracy of claims of economic benefit, of which this paper (and also this one) make important contributions. Forget the rose coloured glasses - put some prescription lenses on, read things carefully and ask serious questions.
"I think it's sort of an events industry culture; seeing things through rose coloured glasses," he said.
There is still a small glimmer of short-term hope on the horizon as the Sonny Bill Williams boxing show heads to the venue on Wednesday for his NZ title fight versus Clarence Tillman. Will Hamiltonians get in behind their boxing chief?
UPDATE: They're trying to drum up support with a bit of push and shove in the pre-fight weigh in.