Everything in the NRL seems to centre around making money at the expense of the fans so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that crowds seem to be falling,I loved the sight of Brookvale last week jam packed and a great atmosphere.with all the millions coming into the game maybe it's time the NRL put some of it into upgrading these traditional grounds that still host NRL matches or am I just being an old fashioned Pom ?
Yes you are right. To being a old fashioned pom you fuddy duddy. haha.
No seriously, the game needs to start making the stadium experience alot better, and you cant do that while we have a 40 thousand stadium that most teams cant get to (Sydney footy stadium that Roosters use) then we go to the 80 thousand round elephant that drags the atmosphere from all our games.
So what is the answer, well its easy, build two new stadiums, one at 50 thousand out near Parramatta Penrith, so these clubs can use it along with the soccer team, Fix up the 80 thousand white elepahnt and make it rectangle, and build another 40 thousand stadium for the other codes as well as Dogs Souths Tigers and Union and Soccer.
Sydney is two stadiums short of where they should be, and they cant get atmosphere right.
Suncorp is a perfect place of where our game should be.
The second thing that needs to be done, get another team or even two playing out of suncorp, and build another stadium in Brisbane for the other codes. Again, too many codes trying to fit into one stadium.
Manly has to change their name. Until they get rid of Manly as a team name, zero growth will ever come out of this area.
The game is trying to average 20 thousand plus, i dont ever think Manly has got more than 20 thousand to any of their games throughout the year. If they were not winning it would be even uglier.
Titans need major help, the stadium needs fixing. It is like a hotbox the way it is built, it even feels hot looking at it on TV.
The Warriors have got to lobby the government and get a proper stadium built.
The Sharks need to relocate to adelaide, and play 4 home games back at Shark park.
It is going to be very ugly this year for the Sharks, what have they got, 10 Monday night games, that should just about kill them, and any teams average crowd for having to play this basketcase club on the Monday night.
Get rid of Monday night footy, except for holiday long weekend.
There is so much for the NRL to do, well they had better start lobbying governments, because it is only going to get more and more ugly.
Bring and in the Brothers and give the fans back the game. Bring back the Bears, get rid of Manly as a name.
Sharks to Adelaide, Perth Pirates and a second NZ team. Once the warriors have some competition, they will then improve, until then you will have excuses.
Introduce singing groups like the poms have got in super-league. Our fans have got to start being heard, not singing throughout a game, but little banter group singing. Even if it is only "the ref is a ######rrr". Anything, just get the lads bantering will brighten up the code. If they start singing all match turf them out, i dont want us ending up like A-League, a rave party. hehe