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Sir Elton John Concert opening the new Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin

ir Elton John performing live at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand

Sir Elton John recently rocked and rolled, in a spectacular debut international music concert at the new Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand.

The 35,500 crowd was the largest seen in Otago at this new purpose-built covered venue. Elton strutted the stage built in Christchurch by ShowQuip. This structure is the largest unit resident in the South Island and capable of staging large international acts. All the truss and hoists were assembled in the Christchurch factory and shipped and assembled in time for the big event.

Rugby World Cup 2011 Opening Ceremony — we were there!

Rugby World Cup 2011 Opening Ceremony with ‘The Cup’

One of the largest ever New Zealand television audiences tuned into the Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup.

Viewers witnessed one of the most spectacular live extravaganza shows ever staged in New Zealand which was beamed live to over a billion people worldwide. ShowQuip were a major contributor, being instrumental in the construction and supply of this wonderful 7 metre high gold cup that was the major prop for the opening ceremony. Fabricated in Christchurch and keep under wraps for months preceding the show, the sheer scale of this structure was mind boggling.

Constructed largely of aluminium, the prop weighed in at approximately 1.8 tonnes and travelled on six inflatable turf tyres. Having to fit through a 3 metre gap called for removable wings that the ground crew had to attach before wheeling onto the pitch.

It was constructed in two halves, each consisting of four quadrants enabling it to pack down and travel in a 40ft high cube container complete with base.

ShowQuip engaged local company ProMetal Industries to aid in the construction and ensuring the tight deadline was achieved.