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Memo to Canberra’s sports administrators. Get out of your heated box and go sit in the stands

By johnboy 11 June 2013 30

There’s a lot of whining coming out of the Raiders and Brumbies camps (and their associated tame shills we call journalists) about Canberra crowds being on the low side despite the teams playing rather well.

I would humbly suggest that anyone surprised by the turnouts should try getting out of corporate hospitality and try sitting in the cold, windy, often wet conditions on the sideline.

Sitting in the pub, or even at home, begins to seem like a better option than paying a lot of money to get very cold.

The Brumbies especially need to realise that the extended super rugby season is pushing their night time games into much colder territory.

In years gone by the fans would turn out in June, but that was for a grand final.

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Ben_Dover 10:39 am 12 Jun 13

gungsuperstar said :

but Canberra is a major city, .

I think I see where you are going wrong

Holden Caulfield 9:31 am 12 Jun 13

watto23 said :

For those not in the know, the new stadium will be rectangular because otherwise the roof structure probably doesn’t work for an oval…

Huh? Where did the Socceroos play last night? True, the roof at Etihad is rectangular, but the ground is not.

A hanky would cover most rectangular pitches. 😛

dungfungus 9:18 am 12 Jun 13

dpm said :

dungfungus said :

“…The cold weather means one is constantly going to the toilets…

Interesting phenomena, though I have to say i’ve never experienced that correlation! Is that something to do with ‘significant shrinkage’? hahaha!

Well, I hope you remember what you said today when it happens to. Lucky for you that the Human Rights Commissioner doesn’t bother with ageism or you would be toast. hahaha! indeed.

Basilbrush 8:33 am 12 Jun 13

The seats are crap – no leg room either – like cattle class on JAL. The cold weather means one is constantly going to the toilets and annoying the other patrons who have no legroom either. Security staff are over zealous by wanting to check tickets 5 minutes before full time.

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I agree. I paid $58 each for 6 tickets – only to find that one of the seats was situated under a huge bolt that was holding the stadium together (there were not that many, but we were lucky enough to sit under one of them) – which dripped condensation onto my lap. It has been dripping for a while as there was a huge rust mark on the ground where it drips. After notifying someone, they were kind enough to move us a few rows forward. This was on a Sunday arvo when it was sunny – no rain at all – and yet there was condensation dripping constantly.

We all went to watch the game prior to the Brumbies (a few times now) but had to purchase Brumbies tickets if we wanted to get in. I didn’t mind as I watched both games and had fun.

The stadium either needs a facelift (including more cover). I used to work there back in the early 80s and not much has improved.

They might like to also set up the food earlier and include something like hot soup and bread for a few $$. Not just horrible overpriced chips.

If they want the fans to turn up then make some improvements.

dpm 7:51 am 12 Jun 13

dungfungus said :

“…The cold weather means one is constantly going to the toilets…

Interesting phenomena, though I have to say i’ve never experienced that correlation! Is that something to do with ‘significant shrinkage’? hahaha!

HenryBG 1:41 am 12 Jun 13

dungfungus said :

Muttsybignuts said :

I try to go to a few League and Union games across the season however, like most others, am put off by the ticket pricing ( for shit seats), the woefully overpriced food and drink and the long lines negotiated to get said over priced food and drink. You miss too much of the game lined up for a $5 pie and a $5 coke.

The seats are crap – no leg room either – like cattle class on JAL. The cold weather means one is constantly going to the toilets and annoying the other patrons who have no legroom either. Security staff are over zealous by wanting to check tickets 5 minutes before full time.
It’s a much better proposition to go to the nearest club big screen where the beer is decent and normal price and they have chairs, not seats without the Arctic atmosphere. The “pies” at Bruce Stadium are disgusting. A covered stadium will not solve any of the aforementioned problems.

Agreed. It’s a no-brainer.

Additionally, football stadiums are much higher on the security risk gradient than clubs with big screens. If you’re going to get caught up in an outrage, it will be at a railway station or a stadium.

damien haas 11:33 pm 11 Jun 13

watto23 said :

For those not in the know, the new stadium will be rectangular because otherwise the roof structure probably doesn’t work for an oval. Its like a big plastic greenhouse. Look for photos for of the stadium in Dunedin the Highlanders use in the super rugby.

etihad in melbourne is an AFL ground, it is an oval shape. There are no bad seats there.

dungfungus 10:04 pm 11 Jun 13

Muttsybignuts said :

I try to go to a few League and Union games across the season however, like most others, am put off by the ticket pricing ( for shit seats), the woefully overpriced food and drink and the long lines negotiated to get said over priced food and drink. You miss too much of the game lined up for a $5 pie and a $5 coke.

The seats are crap – no leg room either – like cattle class on JAL. The cold weather means one is constantly going to the toilets and annoying the other patrons who have no legroom either. Security staff are over zealous by wanting to check tickets 5 minutes before full time.
It’s a much better proposition to go to the nearest club big screen where the beer is decent and normal price and they have chairs, not seats without the Arctic atmosphere. The “pies” at Bruce Stadium are disgusting. A covered stadium will not solve any of the aforementioned problems.

Martlark 9:52 pm 11 Jun 13

2nd Coldest night of my life was spent getting bored mindless at Bruce stadium trying to watch tiny any figures far away. Rugby is boring to watch and getting frozen as well does not help.

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