Hi all, new here. I have been reading this for a few days now with interest at the reaction to Magic weekend potentially coming down to Coventry. I am a Coventry City fan, but adopted fan of Rugby League so it wont suprise you I am about to offer full support for 'Midlands Magic' in Coventry.
We were fortunate to go to Cardiff for the World Cup but as most games, Wigan anyway, seem to be on Fridays getting up to Rugby league country is vitually impossible. Those who have attempted the M6 on a Friday will no doubt agree. Wigan are my adopted team, other half is from Wigan area and Wigan fan (sorry for any offense caused). I did offer support for Warrington/St Helens to create a bit of rivalry but I didn't go down very well :-).
Whilst we enjoyed the World Cup I was a real shame that the stadium was barely half full. When watching on Sky the previous Magic weekends, it can look a bit daft with a stadium half full at best. With my team, Coventry going through the worst run in its entire history I know what its like playing in front of a half empty stadium is like but can also vouch for a full to bursting Ricoh Arena. You wont get a better atmosphere, anywhere, fact.
This is a superb opportunity to showcase Rugby League to a brand new audience and the obvious boost to Coventry Bears it could give. Rugby League is a superb sport which should be much bigger than it currently is.
If Rugby League in this country is to grow into the sport it deserves to be gambles like this are needed and Rugby fans need to give full support. Think about it, its for 1 year not forever.
Is the Ricoh big enough, yes. Man City if you think is in Rugby League heartland and even with the recent attendance figures it could have accommodated most attendances.
I really believe after holding the Olympics and few years ago held 'take that' concerts for 3 or 4 days in excess of the 32,000 capacity for Football/Rugby etc we would cope down here.
Work is also to start on a train station on the railway line that cuts right through the site hopefully in August/September which should be complete by May
Edited by CoventryRL, 07 July 2014 - 10:13 AM.