Fully agree Scott. The comp has been great, but it will also change as the teams and players develop.
Only concern is rumours like below under "NRC not pleasing folk who really matter" that Fox don't like what they see. Here's hoping this is just water cooler talk by un-important peanuts, rather than anyone that matters.
If Fox seriously think they have bought a lemon then (I) they don't realise it's actually lemonade, and (2) what were they expecting for crowds (2007 ARC provided a guide) and quality (as you say it will get better, but it has been pretty decent so far)?
Tell you what Fox, just put on some more Icelandic truck racing, that'll get people signing up ....
2 words - exclusivity agreement.
Homebush has the "right" to be the biggest stadium for a set time. The SFS cannot expand seat numbers while it is in place. Which limits refurb options.
Really we need Suncorp v2 to replace the SFS. If they could lever it into the area the SFS is wedged in.
Sad thing is the service is still better than the SFS. Which is in dire need of a refurb. But at least it has quite a few screens.
The problem with these stadiums is they seem to treat catering like tax collection in medieval times. Sell off the rights to rob the inhabitants, and leave the caterer to reave and pillage with as little staff as they can get away with and as high costs likewise.
Missing the point that when you feel like you've been given an enema with a pineapple via your wallet, you usually aren't too happy.
Perhaps in Melbourne they have a different approach?
the Tahs got stuck into the SFS this year due to complaints from members, but we'll see if that leads to anything changing.
You do get the feeling sub-contracting out the catering to a charity or local rugby club a la the sausage sizzle at Bunnings every Saturday would be better run.