Just been trawling the internet looking at rugby stadiums in England both league and union and was pleasantly surprised to find that at the top end of the game League has the better stadiums,
St Helens,Wigan,Salford,Widnes,Warrington,Hull and Huddersfield all play in modern stadia,
disappointing Leeds,Wakefield and Bradford though,
i know some share with football clubs but imo this is something that league should be proud off.
anyone else have the same thought,
this is something that league should be proud off.
Old stadiums tend to have higher running costs, poorer facilities, worse parking, worse weather protection. May not apply to ALL old stadiums but generally, it's true.
If we are trying to attract new and returning fans to the game, then having decent modern stadiums would surely be a plus. Old stagers might like wooden stands, outside toilets, cinder terraces, no cover and parking in the street outside someone's house but I'm convinced that is not the best way.
As for owning v renting, why ii owning better than renting? Having all the clubs money tied up in owing a stadium ( unless its the Directors stadium and they might want to sell it for houses later) when that money might be better used in developing the club. Own a stadium and you need to pay to maintain and improve it, too.