We’d heard rumours at the Fish HQ of a proposed sweetener deal of a Grandstand, but have been caught off the hop by this – I didn’t think it was going to surface just yet.

It is a curious proposal – and all seems rather Fishy to me. In a country notorious for its distain for, and freedom from corruption, is this the first openly blatant case of bribery on a large scale?

It does do several things though: it certainly blocks off some of the sound of the motorway flyover from the cricket pitch on the Basin. That has to be a good thing – but it also blocks off the visual connection from Adelaide Road to the harbour – and that surely has to be a bad thing? Exchanging loss of one sense for loss of another – I’m not sure that we have gained much, have we?

The question already arises in my tiny fish-like head : is this really needed? Is covering up one mistake with another one, such a sensible thing to do? Do we have such a lot of cricket on at the Basin that we need another pavilion in which to sit? Currently the Basin is used for about a dozen days a year – and even then, little of that involves the existing pavilions being full. Last time I went, everyone wanted to sit on the grass, in the sun. Right where this grandstand is proposed for in fact.

But the real deal is: what happens to the other side. Putting it bluntly: the arse-end of a stadium is often not the prettiest thing. Certainly, the current R A Vance stand has the ugliest backside ever, currently carefully hidden by trees. It doesn’t have to be that way of course – the backside could be beautiful. But chances are, it may not be…

On the other hand, I’d like to propose that some more realistic pictures be produced from NZTA. No doubt they have them already – their tame illustrator must have been paid a wealthy stash to produce the hundreds of pictures / variations we have seen so far. Clearly the ‘stadium’ drawing is not one of his. Could Stan do one or two more perhaps? One from the rear of the stand? And a realistic one of what the effect of the flyover would really have? Perhaps it will look more realistically something like this, where the flyover meets the Grandstand Apartments?