Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:33 PM
I'll try and cover some of the original post, just out of interest..
its almost impossible as your not comparing apples with apples but more apples with water baloons. Canada and the UK are not the same place the CFL and the SL is not the same so its not very easy. Now i know that this is all quite obvious but i point it all out for a good reason.
You list events etc that go on at the same time. In no sport do they really do this over here, in the US and Canada all these "big events" are events, all of them have quite a lot going on around them during the weekend leading up to it, the Super Bowl "party" goes on for weeks in the run up to it in the city that hosts it with all sorts of events going on. Now firstly there would be little to no interest in that if it was done for the FA Cup final or for even a Premier League 1st v 2nd to win the league match.. we just dont get that excited about it all and people over here get bored with the event by the time it comes around so i just dont see it happening.
the biggest thing to consider with regards these "events" and the build up etc is that in North America people can travel for days to get to the city that is hosting it, as such said city needs to have something to make them all come for the weekend rather than stay outside the city, and for people to complain that there is nothing to do in the city etc etc.. over here you can get everywhere within a day if you put your mind to it so why would people want to spend the extra money to stay over just to get up early and go to some sort of indoor weird fest (by the sounds of what you have described) where you can saw a log, drive a car similutor or meet some poker players (none of which i would cross the street to see/do)... so what exactly would you put in over here to encourage people to go in? and would it encourage them to spend more money on hotels etc to be able to go?
For on the day events lets say (and my manchester geography is poor so forgive the fact it is miles away and assume it is next door) that they hire the MEN Arena at the same time as Old Trafford, what exactly would be put in it.. and would people rather travel early and get there to do all this or get there on time for kick off?
Our "Events" are doing ok.. maybe the challenge cup needs work but lets be fair you are talking of a one off championship so the only one comparable is the grand final and that is getting bigger and better each year and may well become an event with more surrounding it as more people want to get a peice of it, i am sure the CFL final has grown of its own with some of the sponsors wanting to do things to keep people around and show off their wares.. this may well happen here but it doesnt need to be forced.
Moving around the country? yeah that would work.. have you seen the threads about millenium magic etc on "why are they hosting it in xyz city and not the heartlands" "why do we have to go to xyz" etc etc.. it wouldnt be popular and it doesnt need to be done, if you want hte Grand final to grow as a spectacle having it in the same place where they can embrace it works.. again we are not Canada where one year its in Toronto and expensive and hard for those in BC or Alberta to get to, and so the next year shoudl be in Vancouver to balance it out.. same with the US and the Super bowl.
Its very much not all rosy with relation to Super League.. the attendances at many grounds is low, there are club owners/directors who cant see to run on basic business principles and so go bust, there are all sorts of issues in the game but the one thing that seems to be working at the moment is the Grand Final. We dont need to get our sport excited about it everyone always is.. yes it would be great to get those outisde the sport interested and excited but that isnt going to happen with any of the methods you list..
all in its interesting to find out what other sports in other countries are doing, and fankly if you think those in the RFL dont do this then i would suspect you may want to think again... but you have to take on board what is relevant and pertentant and for what its worth i dont see much from this as what you are suggesting and what is "so good" on the Grey cup final has to an extent been done out of necessity of the state and size of the country. Here i just dont see much of what you suggest working..
(oh and by the way 8,000 fans taking part in the indoor event... thats probably 8,000 who are already there for the final anyway so its just more stuff for the same people to do rather than getting new people involved.. in the UK we go to the pub, same thing really littel gained except money in non RFL pockets)