when the HJ was finished crowds went to 11,000 or so.
fell back on poor on field form and are now back at that level.
sure the on field form has improved a lot but off the park once the club moved into the new ground, after the initial growth period its been flat.
id have hoped by now the ground wouldve been expanded.
i stand by my comments that 13,000 is too small.
it needs to be 18,000 minimum, or even better over 20,000
It would be brilliant if the demand meant that we needed a 20k stadium, but the reality is that at the moment we just don't need it.
I don't know if you have been to the HJ Stadium, but it is very basic in design, and has plenty of potential for expansion, although this wouldn't be cheap.
Look back at my post about the crowds we have achieved, we have had very few sellouts, and they have only ever been against the same two teams (with a couple of notable exceptions). In the past we have had a couple of crowds as low as 7k, which just isn't good in a 20k stadium, and why would you pay millions to extend when crowds like this are turning up.
This year our lowest crowd is 9,200 (IIRC) and next year I would like to see none below 10k, and progress in that way. There is more money to be made in getting an extra 2 or 3k to the lesser games than there is in getting an extra 500 to the big games. This needs to be the starting point. Expansion of the stadium has been discussed by the club quite often, but the figures need to stack up, and surely they don't at the moment.
I'd love to be agreeing with you on this one, as it would mean our crowds were higher, but let's not forget, a relatively short time ago, we were getting 3-5k for some games and the increase has already improved out of sight.
On the football point, things are changing in the town. A few years back you would only ever see kids out playing in football shirts, and Wire tops were in the minority. Nowadays there is more of a buzz around the team, with loads of Wire shirts being seen on non-matchdays, and this bodes well for the future, but this doesn't equate to spending millions on extending a stadium, adding seats that would be empty 95% of the time.