Beckham's Auckland visit costs disastrous 1.79 million dollars

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Auckland, Feb.19 (ANI): An exhibition football game with superstar David Beckham and his LA Galaxy has ended up costing the Auckland Regional Council a disastrous 1.79 million dollars.

"This is a very disappointing outcome and it has been a disaster for the ARC," stuff.co.nz quoted ARC CEO Peter Winder, as saying.

Beckham and the Galaxy played at Mt Smart Stadium on December 6 in a game against an Oceania All Stars team. While 6,500 children from 130 schools saw Beckham, not enough people paid to go the game.

The news is likely to be a political disaster for the ARC just as the shape of the Auckland regions government make-up is under mayor review. The failure would also have employment implications for those involved. (ANI)

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