The devastating loss of the main courts, community courts and offices at Stadium Southland is gut-wrenching, and my thoughts go out to the staff and the sports affected.

The monumental amount of snow that fell on the city is one that has stretched a few memories and no-one I have spoken to can remember it being this bad for some time.

We have to start looking at the ramifications of this, and the first has to be looking after our major sporting franchises affected.  They will need stand-in facilities for next season.  Next will be the rebuild.

The upside to it all is that despite the damage, the Stadium will be rebuilt better than before and like new to remain the jewel in our sporting crown.

It’s a cliché, but that is a bright light at the end of the tunnel.  Good luck to everyone.