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A Stadium of 4 Million

A Stadium of 4 Million [Kindle Edition]

Martin Snedden

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"Riveting" - D SCENE "A good read" - THE PRESS "Snedden has penned a valuable record and one, I'm sure, that will be held in high regard should New Zealand host another global sporting event" - THE STAR

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The hero of 2011 was Martin Snedden. Not even a terrible earthquake prevented him from staging a magnificent World Cup. The hospitality and warmth of the New Zealand welcome at the World Cup is a memory I will always cherish.' - Paul Ackford, Sunday Telegraph, London. The story of New Zealand's greatest sporting event - and, ultimately - one of its greatest triumphs. Fascinating insights into some of the political machinations, this is not a sports book per say, although A STADIUM OF FOUR MILLION will still appeal to sports fans on many levels. Rather, this book is a compelling behind-the-scenes look at the managing of a large international event. As such it will appeal to business people and others in many fields, as a story of how a vision can be brought to stunning reality.
On the night of 23 October 2011, anxious fans endured the heart-stopping last minutes of the Rugby World Cup final as the All Blacks ground out a win by the narrowest of margins to again lift the Webb Ellis Cup. Watching in the stands was Martin Snedden, who had been charged with organising and delivering the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. In A STADIUM OF FOUR MILLION, Snedden provides an erudite and brilliantly insightful analysis of the event, the largest to date in New Zealand, with a detailed background of its successful staging. He takes us on the journey from the drama and excitement of 'selling our story' bidding for the tournament, through the organisation process to getting everyone working together to deliver it, with all the successes and speed bumps on the way. National and provincial rugby unions, tourism, accommodation and transport providers, two successive governments and, ultimately, all New Zealanders rallied to the cause. The 'stadium of four million' delivered - and delivered something special.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16273 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Moa (11 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KKSH84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #751,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into the 2011 Rugby World Cup 4 Oct 2012
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I found this to be an excellent book. The 2011 Rugby World Cup was an outstanding event, that all of New Zealand can be proud of. Much of that was due to Martin and his exceptional team. This book allows us all to understand how New Zealand came to host the event, and what they did to make it so successful.
2.0 out of 5 stars not a page turner 13 May 2013
By Don Holloway - Published on
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thought it was a bit boring. no humour, no interesting yarns, not worth $20 kindle price. Took a long time to finish reading for these reasons
5.0 out of 5 stars True Leadership 6 Jan 2013
By RD - Published on
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Fantastic reading. Great to know how the RWC planning came together. Martin Snedden one of the country's great leaders. Wonderful insight into his management style. Loved the book so much, I went out and bought the hard copy as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rugby world cups great showdown 2 Oct 2014
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this is an excellent read where Martin Sneddon became the main person to make Rugby world Cup 2011 such a success once NZ has secured the rights to host the tournament. The amount of work and the staff around him made the cup a great tornament and made NZ a proud place to live
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