Imagine a 20k average NRL season

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    In 2012 the NRL released a strategic plan that sim to average 20,000 per game in 2017. Five years on, the average is 15,010 – which is slightly less that the 2012 regular season average of 15,940.

    So what did the NRL do over the last five years to impact on crowds?

    On the plus side, its secured significant investment in three stadiums in Sydney and one in Townsville. However this won’t see an impact on crowds for years to come and especially without a coordinated game strategy for Sydney.

    On the negative side, it signed a TV deal that prioritised TV ratings over crowd numbers, not realising that the creation of or lack of game atmosphere significantly impact TV ratings.

    So where to from here? The NRL needs to get serious about crowds. Firstly, move State of Origin in to three stand alone weekends, it is just a must.

    Secondly the NRL should sit down with each club and develop a tailored five-year crowd strategy that aims to get each club up to 20,000 average by 2022. The draw needs to be based from these club priorities and the NRL fund an comprehensive marketing campaign.

    Those who are below the threshold by 2022 or beyond will need to relocate or forfeit their licence.

    Those who are above the 20k threshold will receive extra funding based on their figures.

    So what are the options that clubs can look at to increase their numbers?

    1. Create events and derbies
    Base the yearly calendar around crowd-pulling events and local derbies. Ideally based around public holidays at crowd friendly times, these games should be on the same date every year. The Anzac Day game is the best example, but there could be many many more.

    2. Take the first two rounds on the road
    Start the season overseas, with double headers staged in eight cities over two live rounds. Preseason camps can be used to help grow the game overseas. Host cities could include London, Manchester, Paris, Barcelona, Toronto, Chicago, Honolulu, San Fransisco.

    2. Reciprocal memberships and game seating
    Make it free for any member of the opposition club to come in. Welcome them in, put them in their own section and encourage them to make an awesome atmosphere. Squeeze everyone into one section, slowly releasing sections with demand.

    Ensure the to cameras are on the opposite side to capture the crowd and atmosphere. The Titans have been great at this of late.

    3. Awesome game day experience
    Make the whole day a great experience for families, young groups, non-leagueies, everyone. The Toronto Wolfpack are leading the way in this, with a craft beer and food truck section at the try line that parties well after game time.

    Throw in a hot dog gun at half time, and there’s a reason why there averaging 7k per game in a city that doesn’t know what rugby league is. AFL do kids day everyone Sunday where kids get in free, with heaps of kids activities.

    4. Adopt a second city
    Adopt a large city without a league team and make them your second home. Bring all your traditionally lowest drawing games. The key here is to make this an authentic adoption, to make sure the sister city buy into it.

    The number of games moved to the second home, will depend on the crowd generated at home. Roosters are now exploring this approach with Central Coast and Adelaide, both drawing above 20k.

    5. Double headers
    Host double headers that will draw 50k. The best example of this is Storm and Manly taking their home games up to Brisbane for there double header. As well as Brisbane – Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth would all be suitable for this approach.

    6. Special ‘local’ experience
    Go back to the suburban ground or the nearby regional town to have an authentic heritage or grassroots experience. Make it an old boys day, wear heritage Jerseys and put a band on at the end of it. Key is to keep this limited to one or two a year to keep its special. Bulldogs back to Belford games are the best example of this, as are the panthers in Bathurst.

    7. Relocation
    Lastly, if the above fails. The club and NRL need to look at relocation. If the support isn’t there, it’s time to find a bigger base to build from. Relocation doesn’t need to be abrupt, it can always include a number of ‘home’ games at the old base.

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    • July 17th 2017 @ 8:21am
      Adam Bagnall said | July 17th 2017 @ 8:21am | ! Report

      Number one lacks common sense, you want to isolate loyal fans until the third round of the season while teams play overseas? A logistical nightmare and not well thought out, as are the second city idea and relocation. If fans are turning away now, how will moving a team further away help.

      My ideas are as follows:

      1. More day-time games. People like to go to the footy during the daytime, when it’s usually warmer, and they can get home at a decent hour, but currently this happens only a few times a round. Needs to be half of the games during the day.

      2. Free public transport to every game for ticketed members. This encourages membership growth and takes away another cost on gameday.

      3. Double-headers. I like this idea, providing it is done right. Dragons/Sharks could play at say, 2pm on a Sunday arvo at ANZ or Allianz, and then Roosters/Souths at around 4pm.

      4.Improve gameday experience. No one is going to the footy other than, to you know, watch the footy. Too much time is spent standing around waiting for the game to start, so reduce the time between the 20’s and NRL, to 10 minutes so the day flows better.

      5. Food and drink prices. Another thing that could be tied in with a membership, say, $10 for a pie and a drink. Exorbitant prices for crap food will turn people away, as that’s another cost they have to come up with, especially a family of four or five.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 9:21am
      Andrew said | July 17th 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

      Agree with the more day games. Better brand of footy – also cheaper over the course of the season to deliver, which may mean controlling ticket prices.

      Hate the idea of double headers. More people in the ground yes, but half the people in the ground are not invested in the game on the field, some come early, some go early – more people but the atmosphere is no better.

      I would like to see conferences which would create more rivalry games, however I am worried the ship has sailed on many of the rivalries. Clubs that have been traditional rivals, where it was must see even for neutral fans don’t seem to have that same gravitas as they used to.

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        July 17th 2017 @ 10:31am
        At work said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:31am | ! Report

        Part of the softening of rivalries within Sydney NRL clubs has to do with where they’re based/play.

        This is what some clubs should be called:
        – Homebush Perth Central Coast Rabbitohs
        – Homebush Christchurch Canterbury Bulldogs
        – St George Illawarra Moore Park Homebush Dragons
        – Eastern suburbs Central Coast Roosters

    • Roar Rookie

      July 17th 2017 @ 9:27am
      At work said | July 17th 2017 @ 9:27am | ! Report

      If the NRL were actually serious about getting to 20k average then they’d be able to achieve it, but they’re not and they only care about TV rating, not understanding that when there’s nobody at the ground it diminishes the TV product as well.

      But if we’re going to put in strategies to improve the crowds, here’s my top 3:
      1) Reciprocal rights (for the other clubs members) are a must, maybe not free tickets but cheap
      2) More day games
      3) Scrap Thursday and the early Friday night games

      • July 17th 2017 @ 1:52pm
        mushi said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

        The “not understanding that when there’s nobody at the ground it diminishes the TV product as well.” keeps being bandied about.

        But do we have any evidence that it has a material affect on the TV audience?

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          July 17th 2017 @ 3:27pm
          At work said | July 17th 2017 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

          No evidence that I know of; although I’m pretty sure most would agree it looks better on TV to watch a full house in a suburban ground, or even a half full ANZ stadium compared to 10k at ANZ.
          Don’t know about you, but I don’t even bother watching on TV a regular season match (unless it’s the Dragons) if it’s at ANZ because it’ll be a sea of blue seats and zero atmosphere.

          • July 18th 2017 @ 3:05pm
            woodart said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:05pm | ! Report

            one of the best tv league experiences was the world league cup in britain a couple of years ago. small grounds with small packed grandstands close to the action. fantastic atmosphere.

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              July 18th 2017 @ 8:37pm
              Daniel John said | July 18th 2017 @ 8:37pm | ! Report

              100% agree woodart. The English supporters are on another level in terms of creating an atmosphere. They even got behind the underdog sides (ie Samoa against NZ).

              On a side note: I’m hoping Aus/NZ crowds really get behind this year’s RLWC and fill out majority of the games. International League is the way forward!

        • July 17th 2017 @ 3:30pm
          Your kidding said | July 17th 2017 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

          No problems in Brisbane but Sydneys FTA tv ratings aren’t great.
          NRL tickets are cheap compared to AFL. I don’t think pricing is the problem. It must cost a lot to hire a stadium and put on a game. Who funds the shortfall on costs if it’s a poor crowd?
          ANZ stadium is generous at the moment and pretty much pays teams to play there. Don’t know how much longer this will continue as it is now government owned. Especially if it is redeveloped.

          • July 20th 2017 @ 12:07pm
            Tom said | July 20th 2017 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

            Anz has always been government owned

            • July 20th 2017 @ 1:58pm
              Crosscoder said | July 20th 2017 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

              Sorry tom.Not so.IGG sells 100% Interest in ANZ stadium to NSW Govt July 2016.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 9:44am
      Mike from tari said | July 17th 2017 @ 9:44am | ! Report

      Unfortunately the thrill of going to the game, joining in with the cheers, the tears & the jeers is outweighed by the cost of entry, the cost of food & beverages, the seating with no legroom, the foul language & if you drive, the parking, sort this problem out & bingo, problem solved, these days I prefer to watch on TV, then I can cheer, jeer & cry in the comfort of my lounge & only have to worry about the wife telling me to button it.
      I also prefer to go to the QRL Intrustsuper Cup games except Wynnum as my wife doesn’t like the foul language that comes out of the chook pen.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 9:59am
      Sydneysider said | July 17th 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      I mentioned this in a previous post last week.

      The NRL won’t ever achieve a 20,000 crowd average.

      Sydney is changing, and unless the NRL brings in a couple more teams from Queensland, then you can expect the average to stay around 15,000.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 11:36am
        Agent11 said | July 17th 2017 @ 11:36am | ! Report

        Maybe 15k is the best the NRL can hope for, especially with 9 sydney clubs. 15k isn’t a bad average at all in a country this size and with such a competitive sporting market.

        The biggest problem I see is the use of ANZ during the season. Anything under 25k at this stadium looks and sounds terrible. Only play finals and origin there and the occasional regular season game that will attract 40k+ like Easter Monday.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 1:36pm
        AR said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

        Agree with sydneysider.

        People don’t realise how hard it is to lift an average attendance in a national sporting competition from 15k to 20k.

        It is a massive, sustained, expensive effort.

        The NRL, despite its stated plan, has no real desire to prioritise crowds over tv because all of the required measures would have a negative impact on telly numbers, and that simply couldn’t happen.

        Adding expansion teams would push the average to below 15k forever.

        • July 17th 2017 @ 2:29pm
          Crosscoder said | July 17th 2017 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

          Totally disagree with AR.
          And I’m not stating 20,000 is a certainty, but a better opportunity lies ahead.

          I suggest adding a 2nd Brisbane team wouldn’t push averages down for ever for a start.In fact would more likely assist in pushing the average up.Perth It’s hard to say what effect it would have long term..

          If the NRL had no intention of prioritising crowds over TV,they wouldn’t have pushed for scheduling control in 2018 ie deciding the teams to play on the current nights.A position they have no control now.
          And more clubs playing out of the new Parra stadium and a better viewing experience at ANZ would have an impact.
          No admin in their right mind, wants to see a stadium with vast rows of empty seats.

          The reason they (NRL)were in a catch 22 ,because the last deal over 5 years insisted on scheduling out of their controlThis time at least the admin grew some .

          If they had no desire to increase crowds ,why would they get involved in lobbying to get the State govt to spend $1.6bn on Parramatta Stadium,a reconfigured ANZ (rectangular) and improvements to the SFS.Plus additional $40m monies for the Sydney NRL clubs to do likewise.

          Don’t forget NRL game are played in places like Cairns,Darwin,Bathurst,Dunedin etc ,which can further push averages down,whislt at the same time promote the game.

          • July 20th 2017 @ 12:10pm
            Mantra said | July 20th 2017 @ 12:10pm | ! Report

            Did easts play in the Central Coast and get 20K which is much more than they would have got at Allianz for example. They take games on the road that wouldn’t draw at home – Easts to Adelaide v Storm

            • July 20th 2017 @ 1:48pm
              Crosscoder said | July 20th 2017 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

              Most NRL teams play games in other areas .Perth,Darwin and Cairnsthat don’t involve the Roosters.
              The beauty of rl,is they have fans around the country.
              Next please.

        • July 19th 2017 @ 10:30am
          clipper said | July 19th 2017 @ 10:30am | ! Report

          Totally agree with Sydneysider and AR – that’s just the reality – Sydney is changing, as Sydneysider notes – Football is increasing and making inroads, AFL have their niche (although not breaking through on TV), the heartland has moved to QLD, they deserve more teams. Only a league fanboy would argue otherwise.

          • July 19th 2017 @ 12:10pm
            Crosscoder said | July 19th 2017 @ 12:10pm | ! Report

            LOL This coming from the ever present evangelistic 8 poster tragic fan boy ,who makes generalised statements about a code he has complete dislike for and it appears clear lack of knowledge.
            But I know every one ion the east who plays touch FFS.

            Thus Clipper, is just following the usual well trodden agenda driven path.Nothing to see here.

            Football has always had a huge grassroots base in Sydney ,despite the A League the Tv ratings have been ordinary and remained static as have the crowds.Spent my childhood playing it.

            But AFL is supposed to break through on TV in Sydney ,everyone is going to watch when they get a glimpse of it,Sheedy speak.36 years and still can’t.

            Looks like some of the heartland has moved to Adelaide judging by the increase in SOO TV ratings(100,000 plus) ,even higher than WA,and the crowd at the Roosters game of which 18,000 locals.

            And I can also understand why the flag boys are worried about Soccer in Melbourne.Hevane helming;p a World Cup gets going here.

            You obviously have sweet fanny adams of an idea as to rl in Western Sydney

            You are correct AFL is still a niche sport here, just like the Storm is in Melbourne.

            • July 19th 2017 @ 12:33pm
              clipper said | July 19th 2017 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

              Well, the NRL fanboy didn’t take long to predictably try to alter the reality.
              The AFL is well established in Sydney – you may not realise but the Swans have been the most attended team for quite a few years. Once the Storm manage that feat you can say both codes are similar.
              I wouldn’t pay much attention to Sheedy, he just had a scatter gun approach with hyperbole sayings.
              Since the SoO is an event, you would expect it to rate well, like World Cups, Oylmpics etc – what were the latest NRL game figures out there?
              The crowds for A league have doubled in Sydney – or didn’t you notice that WSW was introduced, thereby having a match every week instead of every second week – that’s just basic maths.

              • July 19th 2017 @ 2:29pm
                Crosscoder said | July 19th 2017 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

                Alter what reality your ” BS reality?”!!.Never stated the Swans have been here for not a long time, in fact mentioned it often, 36 years , 8 posters boy 36 years.

                AFL has had for decades a far bigger presence in NSW than rl has in victoria,I’ve mentioned it many times.but your’e too busy studying the D measuring book.

                And in that time(of 36 years) they rl ,have had a SL war to leg the competitors up, throw in all the stars like Plugger/Hall and Franklin to assist.YOur reserves were never depleted by a SL war.Your knowledge of this history is miniscule.

                I am well aware of the Swan’s crowds ,just as I’m am well aware of their static Tv audiences with all the money thrown around.Just as i’m well aware the Battle of the Bridge did not sell out fully.Just as i’m well aware of the Lions losses and huge crowd drops.
                It’s a combination of two crowds and Tv ratings to gauge the real effects..

                And again you show your poverty with maths,Storm in town 20 years Swans 36 years. Nearly twice as long evangelist.The Storm already have over 20,200 members this year ,a record fora city that apparently doesn’t care..

                Of course if iit suits don’t pay attention to Sheedy ,except when it’s convenient for the AFL fanboys to do so.
                The Tv ratings for NRL games are growing in WA FYI.You will no doubt find out when they stage it end of this year.Already well sponsored and in receipt of Govt grants.

                Of course rl is not in the Olympics,but at least it has a RLWC which has Govt support and is growing ,and will be played also in 2021 England and 2025 USA and Canada. The Kangaroos don’t find a need to change the rules and ball to accommodate another country either.
                A semi pro Toronto rl 3rd division(England) team is still getting crowds over 7,000 in Toronto.

                Have to respond the A League crowd indeed grew with the introduction of WSW.The difference is since they have been in, the crowds have remained pretty much in line and the Tv ratings static. IOW they have not grown their crowds since the arrival.

                The fact you stated you agree with AR,is unsurprising he’s an AFL man.

                NRL,memberships in Sydney are at record levels for the Eels.Penrith,Tigers 3 western Sydney teams.As well as other Sydney clubs such as Cronulla.

                I suggest when the code gets off its backside and sorts out the deal with the RLPA,there will be a lot of money going to grassroots, to offset the huge sums your mob is throwing around.

                And I’m still not stopping down, to post passing shots on AFL threads.

          • July 19th 2017 @ 12:36pm
            Crosscoder said | July 19th 2017 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

            The comment made, “expansion would not lift the average crowds” is guesswork and ignorant of past experience.bringing in another Brisbane side would in fact lift the averages as the Crushers ( though) poorly organised showed).

            Improved stadiums such as Parramatta and ANZ would further assist as ANZ in its present configuration is a deterrent for a lot of fans to attend.
            The fact clip agrees with another of his code’s fanboy’s comments says it all.

            The fact their code’s clubs all play in purpose built decent stadiums in this country,shows they have not a clue about the Sydney NRL stadium scene.

            • July 19th 2017 @ 1:23pm
              clipper said | July 19th 2017 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

              You ignore the fact that Perth is inadequate and once the new stadium is built averages should increase over there.
              I do agree another Brisbane side would increase averages, it’s the heartland of league now.

              • July 19th 2017 @ 2:52pm
                Crosscoder said | July 19th 2017 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

                What has AFL in Perth got to do with NRL averages.
                Of course the new stadium will boost averages in Perth,jsut as the new Parra stadium will boots crowds for the eels and WSWS and a decent rectangular one will assist Dogs,Souths and Tigers crowd wise.

                But according to your mate AR ,expansion would not increase averages, and you agreed with him.
                Now you agree with me ,another Brisbane side will increase averages .
                Seriously are you serious.

              • July 19th 2017 @ 3:07pm
                clipper said | July 19th 2017 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

                It was in reply to your last sentence that all AFL teams play in decent purpose built stadiums, when clearly that is not the case.
                If the NRL expanded anywhere else but QLD, the average would go down, didn’t think AR or myself would have to explain that one.

              • July 19th 2017 @ 4:09pm
                Crosscoder said | July 19th 2017 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

                Is not the current Rerth stadium oval? is it not an all seater? Or is it LOL a rectangular one that doesn’t suit the viewing?
                Do not the other AFL teams play in specifically all seater oval stadiums?

                AR made a general comment.If you are not specific don’t blame me blame your fellow posse member.He stated expansion would not increase the crowd average.Pretty clear in my book.

                And I also spelt out having new Parra stadium and a rectangular ANZ would assist,throwing in NRL control of scheduling.He ignored that fact to suit his views it appears.

                Now should the NRL bring in a Perth team,I wouldn’t dare suggest ATM any crowd average prediction.

                Now i know you guys like to D measure , to get your jollies off.However you need to do a little;more research, rather than make general assumptions.Because you guys come up short time after time.

            • July 19th 2017 @ 2:39pm
              mantra said | July 19th 2017 @ 2:39pm | ! Report

              Sheedy spoke garbage because he knew in Sydney you have to something quotable to get a mention. The reason they are updating the stadia is to get the big events, soccer, Bledisloe, NFL, NRL GF etc that drive in tourists – the NRL club games are rarely in the context as ANZ shows and Allianz has one NRL tenant who averages less than 10

              • July 19th 2017 @ 3:41pm
                Crosscoder said | July 19th 2017 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

                Whatever Sheedy speaks,the papers lap it up.He still hasn’t a clue about Western Sydney. He’s silly enough to make dumb comments, expect the response.

                I’ve already mentioned why they are upgrading ANZ with the big events, you haven’t bothered to check.

                The NRL club games were taken into account ,because the State Govt required the NRL yo have at least X number of NRL games played there(at ANZ) in order to help secure the funding.This same stadium that is not rectangular ATM.So again you got the bull by the horns.

                Allianz has one NRL tenant,.one S18 tenant .one A league tenant, and FYI they are averaging more than 10,000 there.Ignoring of course the ANZ day match. Mantra. Don’t guess.
                BTW Spotless has only one tenant with poor crowds.and got an upgrade .

              • July 19th 2017 @ 5:01pm
                mantra said | July 19th 2017 @ 5:01pm | ! Report

                Spotless has one tenant?? I will leave alone the abuse which means you have run out of ideas

                Spotless has GWS who average Rooster crowds without the benefit of SFS members, The Big bash western Sydney cricket team and the Royal easter show which is how they got it to be upgraded. Keep up. You have never been to a game at Spotless so you cant comment on crowd numbers just as you cant comment on Melbourne NRL coverage as you don’t get hard copies of the Melbourne newspapers, you don’t watch Melbourne Tv news or listen to radio news etc etc….

              • July 19th 2017 @ 5:33pm
                Crosscoder said | July 19th 2017 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

                ” Abuse ” .I respond to people who are here not to provide constructive criticism but to D measure, who show a blatant dislike for a code,.Now I’ve spelt that out.

                Spotless has one tenant.That tenant doe not play all its home games there ,it plays also in Canberra.,How many other winter sports clubs p[lay at Spotless?
                Spotless crowd average s are helped also by Canberra.The ACT Govt is very generous to that club with a couple of mill being paid each year for 10 years .The ACT Govt head apparently an AFL fan.

                Cut the crap mantra.AFL: people laugh at the crowd numbers provided at Spotless.
                And I have refuted your argument about Melbourne and the media.

                I’ve visited the place,I have read their papers in hand and on the web.If one cannot grasp media coverage in a city where a team in your code operates,they need new glasses.Storm fans say the coverage is minimal .The NRL have stated it’s not easy.

                I have never been to game at townsville FHS,taht doesn’t mean I can’t get a grasp of crowds and media coverage,Do they pay you to come here and push your code? They should.

                The Swans got a Sydney street parade when they won ,the Tigers were relegated to the back boondocks of the west.Again you have no idea.

                I don’t have to watch Melbourne news, but I do know ch9 Sydney has its 4pm sports prioritised from Melbourne with AFL.

                Your living in a bubble if you believe that.,

              • July 19th 2017 @ 6:17pm
                Mantra said | July 19th 2017 @ 6:17pm | ! Report

                Your evidence is the 4PM Nine news bulletin when the majority of the rest of news comes from Sydney??

                Spotless has 3 tenants -count WSW as the fourth. your suggestion on crowds which are not important to NRL (TV is?) is pure guesswork whilst ignoring Swans crowds.

                The Storm received a parade in their second year 1999 when they won hows that for coverage…

              • July 20th 2017 @ 7:09am
                Crosscoder said | July 20th 2017 @ 7:09am | ! Report

                Look at the Tv set, and see Melbourne sport’s broadcasters do the lead in mantra.

                You are insecure and it shows.

                The Storm have never received a street parade.A public gathering.You don’t know the difference sheesh.

                I repeat Spotless during the winter months has 1 football team, who plays about 2/3 of their games there.
                Alliannz has Roosters ,Tahs,and overlapping with the SFC.It is well utilised.

                AFL fans have sniggered at Spotless crowd counting,I leave it up to them.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 10:12am
      bbt said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      As a Storm member:
      – reciprocal pricing would have no value;
      – the game day experience is pretty good at present with the things you describe;
      – taking games on the road is not popular here;
      – more convenient playing times would be good.

      Basically, as some one wrote recently, the NRL doesn’t have an attendance problem, it has a Sydney attendance problem. That is what it needs to work on.

      Melbourne will probably exceed the 20K in the next couple of years. Considering the attendance is almost wholly dependent on Storm supporters, with the exception of the Warriors’ games, we are doing pretty well.

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        July 17th 2017 @ 10:14am
        At work said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

        Yes I should have prefaced my reciprocal rights comment to say it would only benefit Sydney clubs, but that’s where half of the problem is.

        • July 17th 2017 @ 4:39pm
          Adam Bagnall said | July 17th 2017 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

          Sometimes the clubs say there are reciprocal rights, like for games at ANZ, but very rarely. Kind of annoying when you have all these empty seats and when my team (Dragons) plays several games a year there

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        July 17th 2017 @ 2:20pm
        Adam said | July 17th 2017 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

        I think Melbourne shows the importance of a fantastic stadium that offers fantastic atmosphere. I’ve been to 3 games at AAMI park and there feels like there is no bad seats. Everyone is right on top of the action and the acoustics in the stadium is amazing. Would have to be the best rectangular stadium in the country.