Melbourne AFL clubs are all 130 - 160 years old, from a time when Melbourne was much smaller so that is hardly relevant.Every single one of the AFL clubs are based in Melbourne's inner suburbs, and they have no trouble finding people to support them. It's not always about where you are from, it's about there actually being enough people interested to sustain all the teams in the city.
Melbourne can't sustain two soccer clubs for the same reason that Sydney can't sustain nine NRL clubs, the consumer base isn't big enough to support the amount of supply, i.e. the market is oversupplied.
In the unlikely event that there is ever a second Melbourne club, a 15k stadium in the outer suburbs would actually be perfect. You could play one or two big games plus final at AAMI.I know exactly what sport this is, and 15k is way to small.
Anytime there was a big game they'd be turning away thousands of supporters and with a stadium so small the NRL probably wouldn't allow them host finals at all, at which point why even bother using it as a home ground at all. May as well just use AAMI as it would actual fulfil the club's needs.
BTW I never claimed it was the Super Bowl, nor will it ever be, but it could be as big as the AFL if we made some changes.
Melbourne AFL clubs are all 130 - 160 years old, from a time when Melbourne was much smaller so that is hardly relevant.
But you are correct. Melbourne actually has three A League clubs yet soccer was stronger here when we had just Victory (total crowds were higher when we just had one club).
AFL, NRL and BBL generate enough from media rights to sustain clubs even with low crowds. Soccer does not have that luxury. Until recently AFL considered Soccer its main threat, but like Basketball it will always be a second tier sport as far as crowds, ratings and general interest are concerned.
Participation by kids has little bearing on that.
Should be on the same scale as Newcastle Eastern Grandstand...