Absolutely the sticking out a mile thing to do.
The positives are so many that listing them could take me all day, so I'll just start with:
BEAUTIFUL OLD BUILDING
IN ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL-OLD-BUILDINGED SQUARES IN ENGLAND
IDEAL INTERNAL FACILITIES ALREADY IN PLACE
IDEAL LARGE CORPORATE FUNCTION FACILITIES
and a veritable stream of
CONCOMMITTANT INCOME GENERATING POSSIBILITIES
started bouncing off the top of my head when I first heard the news yesterday, like little white rabbits off an apprentice sorcerers broomstick.
Doesn't the RFL have a historic connection to Red Hall too? I've only ever been past but I understand it's a beautiful building too. I'd have thought using beds as desks would be less than ideal unless you're some sort of hippy cloud computing company, and the concommittant income generating possibilities don't seem to have been exploited by the existing hotel company.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see the George preserved and its links to RL maintained. However, those who seem keenest for the RFL to take over correlate astonishingly with those who want the RFL to be doing everything from keeping every poorly-run club alive to achieving world peace - and this doesn't seem like a priority.
Those who want the RFL to 'market the game' can forget about it if they expect the RFL to splash out a cool million and some for the sake of a nice building - a nice building that could just as easily be bought out by an RL-friendly business tomorrow and the heritage centre maintained as part of it.
If the George Hotel was about to be knocked down tomorrow then I'd be encouraging the RFL to do what they could to stop it. For the time being, they've got a full season of rugby league and a World Cup to sort out... and if they are going into the real estate business they need to get a move on with those sponsorship negotiations.
Edited by Just Browny, 03 January 2013 - 03:19 PM.