why the state give upgrade facilities not owned by it? Maybe panthers leagues club should have bought the stadium from the council and been spending some of its many I’ll gotten millions sorting the stadium out by now?
Not really.I dont do agree with you but Essendon are a great example of moving to a shared stadium and expanding your popularity well beyond your suburban branding. 95% of their fans don’t live in Essendon.
But yeh outer region clubs like Penrith would struggle to appeal to a bigger base if at say bankwest fulltime. Not to mention nrl is just not as popular in Sydney as afl is in melbourne so we are starting from a lower supporter base in reality. But maybe a hybrid model could work better in Sydney than the current scenarios that’s not really pulling the crowds we should.
Dave smiths model of using the bigger stadiums to host event games regularly, or maybe shared stadium between two clubs within closer geographical proximity like dragons and sharks or dogs and tigers?
I am sure you know exactly how.Why would we even want to be like the AFL anyway. Does anyone seriously want 9 Sydney clubs playing out of 2 stadiums? How f**king boring would that be. Fans would hate it. I don't know how they do it down in Melbourne, there is no difference between any of the clubs except the colors they wear. They all represent absolutely nothing. A home and away season should be exactly that. HOME grounds.
Victorians are a special breed though.
I am sure you know exactly how.
1. Melbourne’s sports crowds are too big for suburban venues
2. Melbourne is a planned city, with excellent road and train networks servicing two of the world’s best stadiums
3. Fans of clubs were already spread all around the city
4. The AFL made the clubs move.
Whilst the above has resulted in the doubling of crowds and grown AFL here, yes it does make it bloody boring and RL would be crazy to attempt to copy. RL needs to build on its strengths, not copy Melbourne. The AFL know this, which is why there are more AFL stadiums in Sydney than in Perth or Adelaide.
However, the big games should be played at venues that can take more than 20k. I am all for a match of the round permanent time slot (Friday 8pm) at Moore Park.
Are there any other tenants for the stadium? Unless the club are paying for the upgrade it's going to be very hard for a government to justify anything more than a refurb of the existing facilities, assuming the stadium continues to host just 11 first grade games a year (possibly 12 with a final).Penrith deserves an upgrade more than any other stadium in NSW.