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Atomic Wasp (IP Logged)
25 August, 2017 20:37
Thought this might be of interest to some of you for the future.

[beesotted.com]



Cheers

Rick


@W2APS on twitter, the chap with the banners and flags.

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
waltham (IP Logged)
25 August, 2017 21:14
Thanks Rick. As an LI supporter who lived in Brentford (Dock) for about 16 years I can't wait to see what actually emerges.

 
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HMRH (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 06:58
Good link thanks. LI very quiet on the stadium.

 
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Cornish boy (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 09:59
Any thoughts as to how this may impact LI's plan to relocate to Brentford as I thought part of the attraction was the operational and profit share of the conferencing/exhibition centre which now longer appears in the revised stadium plans?

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
orsoncart (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 12:42
Is there a single mention of LI? There is a reference to being rugby compliant from day 1, but that is all

I appreciate that the prime audience was their supporters, but it was inevitable that LI fans would also read it. This just does not feel like a partnership approach to me

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
HMRH (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 12:54
I'd hope for a bit more from LI rather than having to read it via Brentford FC

 
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ExiledChameleon (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 14:01
Are we sure that there's no conferencing facilities? Because no conferencing facilities almost certainly = no move.

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
norg2072 (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 14:13
I don't believe anything is signed yet, so without a firm committment they wouldn't mention us.

I like most of the changes, especially the slight reduction in size, its just a shame completion has been pushed back a season. The hazelwood chat has us potentially going to Griffin Park for a season!

 
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Cornish boy (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 15:24
Quote:
ExiledChameleon
Are we sure that there's no conferencing facilities? Because no conferencing facilities almost certainly = no move.

Extract from the interview...

There was also too much risk associated with a business plan that involved the Club sharing the running of a full-time conferencing and hospitality business with potentially significant start-up costs.

While this original business plan could have been made to work, it was my judgement that there was a significant chance that the business model would fail and saddle the Club with further debt. The Club has no prior expertise in this type of hospitality and I have no desire to build that sort of business in a highly competitive marketplace such as London.

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
HMRH (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 15:58
Finno posted this earlier and seems to give more information

The following is a long but interesting view of the proposed changes at Brentford, from someone on one of their fans forums. He seems to be in 'the know' but who knows?!!

But if it's all fairly accurate, it seems we're still on board, and will be a small enough stadium that we won't feel like we're rattling around in. Also, it's being built by the people that built the Amex, which is an excellent ground,

Lionel Road: A GPG Preview
The New Stadium Design
As you know, I was invited to Smartodds HQ to meet Cliff Crown and Nity Ray on the change in plans of the stadium. Matthew also sat-in for about 15 minutes. I did invite the other mods but none of them could make it (which was quite useful as they weren't invited by Cliff). I am sure I was only invited through gritted-teeth by Cliff and the invite arrived at GPG Towers way after BU, BIAS and Beesotted invitations arrived. Nevertheless I got to see the plans, see a couple of images and (most importantly) discuss the new design and the reasoning behind it.

I didn't make any notes of the meeting at the time, so this is a summary of our discussions created a few days later in a old man's memory. So there may be some (minor) errors. There is no doubt that what is below is more of an analysis of what was said "in the round" rather than verbatim quotes. Some "off the record" bits and pieces were shared, but nothing that I felt was material.


Redesign Rationale
There is undoubtably a risk of escalating construction costs. We've all read about plenty of construction projects where the costs have spiralled out of control. I can understand that utilising a very high percentage of the available land costs exponentially more as one nears 100% utilisation. Especially when you are surrounded by a live running railway. Moving the site South must significantly reduce the cost of construction of both the North Stand and means that the schedule of the construction of the building in the North East corner can be flexible as it can be accessed after the stadium build has started.

There is also a change in economic outlook which is definitely more volatile and unpredictable that it was previously (for various reasons). Looking at the economic indicators and the recent estimates of housing prices it is certainly.....more uncertain.

The next bit is probably contentious with some individuals and no doubt some individuals that have been involved with BIAS and BU both now and in the past. For many years we have all been told and accepted that we need non-matchday revenue in order to survive. Then of course, Matthew turned-up; bought the club from BU; we got promoted; and Matthew's ambitions remain undiminished for Premier League football. He even restated his ambition in the press release today. Those of us that went through the dark days of Noades, post-Noades, and pre-Benham are all concerned with the stewardship of the club and the post-Benham era. The accepted mantra to this is that the non-matchday revenue from the Lionel Road stadium will fund the club and therefore we can compete on a even-keel with other clubs with similar facilities. However, I think times have moved on.

Reading the reiteration of Matthew's ambitions in the press release today it is clear that Matthew is obviously here for the long-term. There is no prospect of him moving on anytime soon, and he isn't exactly....old. Up until June 2016 the Lionel Road project has cost Matthew 27 million. Therefore it is unlikely (but certainly not impossible) that the stewardship of the club will become an issue anytime soon. Also, with a new stadium the club will be a saleable asset. A Championship Club with a non-dilapidated stadium IS an asset that others will covet, especially one in London. We know we have already had interest from overseas...

All of the above makes me believe that this is only a very slight chance that the club will have to be "rescued" by its supporters any time soon.

Even if it did then the premise that what is essentially a hospitality company can make a guaranteed profit year-on-year in an untested location with the plentiful set of hotels at Heathrow nearby does not come without risk. In fact there is also a risk that a single bad year in hospitality could ruin the football club that is was intended to support.

Matthew was very clear at the meeting that the most important thing for him was to de-risk the project. I understand what he means by that. There is a chance that a complex construction project such as the existing design, which utilises a high percentage of the land available, which is on a restricted site with limited access; could have it costs blow-up to such an extent that it exceeds Matthew's means. That is a real risk which would certainly place the club in other hands. This alternative design radically simplifies the construction and therefore significantly reduces the financial risk and (perhaps ironically) should be welcome by us "rank-and-file" supporters as it means that the future of the club is not put at risk engaging is a complex construction project. By simplifying the design and having more straightforward construction methods, the chances of a cost-overrun are reduced in probability, and in scale.


What has changed? (in no particular order)
The capacity has been reduced: from 20,000 to either i) "17,500" (planning app), or ii) "17,250" (press release) or iii) "around 17,250" (programme notes)
There is no permanent club shop within the stadium. Instead the club intend to have more pop-ups around the periphery of the stadium. I am told that the club shop loses money. This is of no surprise to me as it is staffed on non-matchdays. It also utilises space that can be better used. This makes sense to me. I doubt that on non-matchdays the shop has more than a handful of visitors - I bet a lot of days have zero takings. Having merchandise available around the stadium will probably increase turnover as it is visible and available to all sides of the stadium. Longer-term a high-street shop is not out of the question (but I can't see that happening anytime soon).
There is no "pub" within the stadium. Again, I can't get vexed over this? The Hive is a dump, it is not used by more that a few hundred people. Better quality beer and experience is available in the near-by pubs especially with Stand on the Green nearby. Beer will be available in the lounges of course, and I am sure that there will be other outlets similar to the non-Hive outlets at GP.
Premium Seats. These straddle the halfway-line on both sides of the stadium. We discussed this as a lot of D Block and New Road supporters have been season ticket holders for years in similar seats on the halfway line. More info: see "Matthew's Guarantee" below.
The Community Sports Trust are not based in the stadium. Instead they are 10 feet away in purpose-built offices and space.
The ground floor of the residential units now contain retail. These could include bars and restaurants, but no guarantees.
The stadium is now largely or wholly single-tier (sorry I can't remember, but assume "wholly"). These means that the the roof is substantially lower. I asked if the rake is higher and was shown a "before" and "after" view. The "after" view is a *marginally* higher rake. I think that maybe the club missed the opportunity to have a steeper rake and, in fact, this would have used less footprint. However the roof would have to be higher so can understand this from a cost point-of-view.
There are no club offices at the stadium. It is likely that they will not be located on the development but "nearby" (across the A4 was mentioned). That brings me onto...
Rugby. London Irish have been involved in this process. Are still on board. Will have no ownership of the stadium. BFC and Orish may share offices if it makes sense
Away fans are still in the North-East corner with a flexible allocation.
Corporate Boxes: Reduced to a handful. And one fewer than that as no doubt Matthew will use one in true Roman Abramovich style
Safe-Standing: An area has been set-aside for potential safe-standing. If approved it will be on a 1:1 basis (i.e. one seat becomes one safe-standing position). I asked if the safe-standing area could be expanded to the whole end and this will be examined.
Outside Broadcast Compound: A very large footprint has been reserved for this. Basically on the south stand side from the halfway line to the west goal line. Space for four trucks yadda yadda yadda. Previously this was in the ground floor of the North East building (which the Community Sports Trust will now occupy). Apparently the cost of cabling from there to the ground is outweighed by providing Sky/BT et al with this new space. It seems to be unused before the premiership and I know Beesotted asked if the space could otherwise be used in the interim (pub?)
Hospitality There are 3 or 4 levels of proposed packages. From "chicken in a basket" to "fine dining" (Diamond, Gold, Silver, Iron(?)). The lounges are in the south stand with a "exclusive concourse" also in the north stand straddling the halfway line.
Non Matchday Usage The Stadium will not be open on non matchdays unless it there is some event hire made (wedding, bar mitzvahs, etc.)
Food There is a single kitchen that will serve the Diamond Level of hospitality and any non-matchday hires. All other food will be brought it and heated (not unlike British Airways and some Gordon Ramsay outlets - but I suspect it won't be as good as either of those)
Future Expansion There is no future-proofing in the stadium. In order to reduce financial exposure critical items such as foundations etc will only support the original design without the capability to (for example) add an additional tier to any of the stands. Personally speaking I cannot envisage that we will ever need more substantially more than 17,500. Any extra will probably be filled with away supporters or tourists. I would rather be in a tighter stadium creating an intimidating atmosphere for the opposition with the maximum percentage of home supporters inside Susan.
Sensory Room A facility for autistic children on match days has been included in the new design.


Construction is being undertaken by the same firm that did the AMEX Stadium

Matthew's "Guarantee"
Matthew has articulated several times that those of us that are long-term Brentford supporters (however that is defined) will be able to access "Affordable" pricing in the new stadium and, hopefully, that will be in the Premiership. Given that there are Premium Seats in Lionel Road you may not have a seat in exactly the same location relative to that you have now at GP. However if you are on the halfway-line at GP then I suspect that you will be able to nab an "affordable" seat 10 years left or right of the halfway line in the North Stand. Matthew feels no such compulsion to subsidise supporters that join us later, or tourists. N.B. This isn't a "real" guarantee from Matthew, but as he's said it a few times now - I thought I would let you know the "direction of travel" on this. He speaks passionately about this subject.

Views
And now for the important part. Sightlines etc do not include the familiar sights of the New Road and Breamar Road pillars. Apparently they have been moved into the lounges.

Objections
I've heard several objections from various people (mostly those that have been closely connected and emotionally involved in the 20k design). Most of them surround the issue of "why are we 'downsizing'", "we won't be sustainable" etc. I have tried to articulate that above. Remember that this is at least the 3rd design I have seen for Lionel Road and maybe even the 4th (I'm including the monorail one!). This is the one that is going to happen. The previous design won't happen - that has been made clear (well unless some fairy-godmother turns up with a few hundred million and really likes the idea of spending some on a 20k stadium). I would suggest that our collective energies are better spent pushing for detailed improvements to supporters experiences in the new design.

Summary
I can honestly say that having heard the feedback from BIAS and Beesotted before my visit to Smartodds that I was on the tube to Kentish Town thinking I was going to have to tell Cliff, Matthew and Nity that they are nuts and to postpone the planning submission and its associated meeting. I haven't been as closely involved as others with the old stadium. However, like others, I have spent an enormous amount of energy and time on this journey. It is only natural that we are going to get emotional.

However as I have said before: If you hadn't seen the previous design then you'd be perfectly fine with this one.

Finally I am told that images will be available in the next week or so.

Disclaimer
These are my own personal views. Exclusively mine. Not any of the moderators, especially as they include the BIAS Chairman and a BU Board member! You may have noticed that the GPG is a pluralistic organisation. So shoot me please.

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
Bazzo (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 17:55
Quote:
HMRH
I'd hope for a bit more from LI rather than having to read it via Brentford FC


Have we actually signed a deal with Brentford? Why would the club comment on a football clubs plan if we have not signed a contract or a deal with them? Serious question, because if we have then they should be making comments. If we have not and we are in negotiations with Brentford and indeed Reading to exit...... then why would we say anything?

 
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ExiledChameleon (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 18:08
Quote:
Cornish boy
Quote:
ExiledChameleon
Are we sure that there's no conferencing facilities? Because no conferencing facilities almost certainly = no move.

Extract from the interview...

There was also too much risk associated with a business plan that involved the Club sharing the running of a full-time conferencing and hospitality business with potentially significant start-up costs.

While this original business plan could have been made to work, it was my judgement that there was a significant chance that the business model would fail and saddle the Club with further debt. The Club has no prior expertise in this type of hospitality and I have no desire to build that sort of business in a highly competitive marketplace such as London.

Hmm, presents an opportunity as well providing that most of the facilities are in place, Irish could offer to run that side with a percentage being returned to Brentford.

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
26 August, 2017 18:28
Here's some thought for food: we all got our season tickets this week right? Well if you look on the letter in the envelope it says it's our card for the next three seasons. On the card it says Madejski stadium, thus we're likely to be there for the next three years.

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
CharlieG (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 19:14
It seems to me that the move was based on the following two ideas:

1 The need to generate non-match-day revenue, through a conferencing facility.
2 The desire to move the club closer to its supposed roots in London, increasing attendances.

The original idea seemed to be that we would share the revenue with Brentford, but this does not seem likely based on these documents.

SO, it now looks likely that increases in revenue will come from a better return on match-day food and drink sales, and the concept of replacing the "Reading 4" with the "Brentford 10". [Other multipliers are available].

There are a number of rugby clubs in the area (Quins, Richmond, Ealing), and I'm not sure that there are sufficient "unattached" rugby supporters in West London - I would guess that most of the local supporters already have decided where their their loyalty lies, and won't be attracted to Irish. Added to this, Brentford is unlikely to attract too many of the "Reading 4", due to the lack of car parking, and the poor public transport links from the Thames Valley.

OK, there will be some new supporters, some will move from other clubs, and some from the Thames Valley will go, but will this be enough to create the 'brave new world' that everyone thinks awaits LI in Brentford?

 
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Jon_r43 (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 19:40
Shouldn't that read the assumed lack of parking? I know there is very little in the plans but am sure the club are aware of the need and if we go there

I don't think anything has been signed otherwise I would have thought that would have been announced. we applied for the change in ground use to allow rugby but at no point have I seen any confirmation or agreement?

Certianly the statement raises some questions for the new CEO to explore

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
Florida (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 20:07
Quote:
CharlieG
It seems to me that the move was based on the following two ideas:
1 The need to generate non-match-day revenue, through a conferencing facility.
2 The desire to move the club closer to its supposed roots in London, increasing attendances.

The original idea seemed to be that we would share the revenue with Brentford, but this does not seem likely based on these documents.

SO, it now looks likely that increases in revenue will come from a better return on match-day food and drink sales, and the concept of replacing the "Reading 4" with the "Brentford 10". [Other multipliers are available].

There are a number of rugby clubs in the area (Quins, Richmond, Ealing), and I'm not sure that there are sufficient "unattached" rugby supporters in West London - I would guess that most of the local supporters already have decided where their their loyalty lies, and won't be attracted to Irish. Added to this, Brentford is unlikely to attract too many of the "Reading 4", due to the lack of car parking, and the poor public transport links from the Thames Valley.

OK, there will be some new supporters, some will move from other clubs, and some from the Thames Valley will go, but will this be enough to create the 'brave new world' that everyone thinks awaits LI in Brentford?

London Irish fan living in West London, so there's a Brentford 1, just 9 more to go smiling smiley

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
Ecksile (IP Logged)
26 August, 2017 20:24
Quote:
CharlieG
It seems to me that the move was based on the following two ideas:
1 The need to generate non-match-day revenue, through a conferencing facility.
2 The desire to move the club closer to its supposed roots in London, increasing attendances.

The original idea seemed to be that we would share the revenue with Brentford, but this does not seem likely based on these documents.

SO, it now looks likely that increases in revenue will come from a better return on match-day food and drink sales, and the concept of replacing the "Reading 4" with the "Brentford 10". [Other multipliers are available].

.... Added to this, Brentford is unlikely to attract too many of the "Reading 4", due to the lack of car parking, and the poor public transport links from the Thames Valley.


smileys with beer My thoughts exactly.

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
SteveS (IP Logged)
28 August, 2017 23:53
The club's supposed roots in London???

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
Finno (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 08:28
My views on this:

1. When any discussion on where we play comes up, the elephant in the room chooses to be ignored by a large amount of contributors, and that is that is the MadStad is unsustainable! FACT! According to the club and BBC as relayed many times.

2. So, armed with the above, what is the club supposed to do? Sit tight until 2025 until they can negotiate a new deal, and continue to lose shed loads of money? Or try to put a new solution in place.

3. Ideally, that would be to build our own home, but that's fantasy to the moment as the current owners pockets aren't deep enough and there's no generous billionaire on the horizon.

4. So the only option is to rent again, but somewhere where we'll get a better sustainable deal. This why Brentford is the perfect opportunity. They are moving to a new stadium, and are already under pressure cost wise as the recent changes have demonstrated, they probably need us as much as we need them. It's the perfect opportunity to do a good long term deal. Already the pitch size and planning have been influenced to cater for rugby. It's a perfect opportunity to exploit, and it also happens to be in West London, where the club's roots have been for the last 100 or so years.

5, So, with Brentford being the only game in town, lets get behind the club and support it! It's not perfect, but nowhere will be, but it has the potential to tick as many boxes as possible, in pursuit of the ideal. I, like many, live miles away from the MadStad (Sussex in my case) and there will be some winners and losers in the Brentford move(and I don't see myself as a winner).

6. Finally, to all the naysayers, instead of moaning about the proposed move and trying to find fault, propose a credible long term alternative. The club is not intentionally trying to p155 off any set or group of supporters. It is trying to create a sustainable future that keeps The club in existence. I trust Crossan and Co who are experienced successful business men. They know what they are doing, and if they think Brentford is the sustainable future then I believe them, rather than some of the 'expert' contributors on this site, who believe it's the death knell for the club.

p.s. I wouldn't be surprised if we had a stint in Griffin Park before the move to the new stadium.

p.p.s. I also, think that Hazelwood is the long long term game. There is enough room there for a stadium, parking and a training ground. With planning, there is always a way to get what you want, if you are prepared to play the long game and chip away over a number of years!

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
AlecW (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 08:36
Wot Finno said.

smileys with beer

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
HMRH (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 08:40
The issue is that LI aren't keeping us up to date - accept all the points. Don't think we should get updates and a load of guessing via Brentford FC that's all

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
waltham (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 10:07
John R43. Re parking, take a look at the Transport Plan submitted by LI. There will not realistically be any parking on site available for supporters (from memory its a max of 100 spaces). The rest of the pls identifies potential 3 rd party locations over quite a wide radius. I don't have the url/link, however it's well worth taking a look through this document.
I do wonder about the impact for LI of lower income due to cancelling of the conference facilities.

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
Griff (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 10:10
1. If the MadStad is "unsustainable" how come we had a season of virtual break-even?

2. So given that, what the club is supposed to do is more of that while working on their relationship with RFC to make it a mutually beneficial deal. If they don't simply want out of Reading.

3. If it's a given that owning your own stadium - especially with conferencing etc. - makes money then it's practically a no-brainer to borrow massively and build one. Why don't we? Because it's not a given. So having tenancy in a large, well-appointed modern stadium is probably the best thing - but that's "unsustainable"... Without someone who's simply willing to pour money in we have to find a way to make being a tenant sustainable.

4. I'm not following, why is renting at a different stadium going to be different? We did a really good long-term deal last time round - but that's (suddenly) unsustainable.

5. Brentford isn't the only game in town - unless that town is West London. I'm not taking this personally - I moved away from Reading, I don't see why Irish can't but it has to make sense.

6. The club put BBC in-front of us to explain why this was such a good deal. His take was that the non-matchday revenues were the reason this was a good deal. He also said Irish would have ownership of some of the stadium. Both of these statements are now, for whatever reasons, demonstrably false. Why is this a good deal again? I support this club and I want the best for it, at the beginning the move looked a good deal, now?

Let's be honest. The main reason the club is still around is Mick Crossan - he's paying big to keep the club afloat. When he and his team took over they pretty-much announced that they were moving the club back to London. Since then we've learned how the MadStad deal is unsustainable - coincidence? As I say, the man is footing a huge bill and he wants the club in London so it's going to London but let's not kid ourselves this is anything to do with good business.

So, with that said, I'm very-much behind the Brentford move - except that I think it's massive hubris that might destroy the club I love. Questions?

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
Finno (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 11:15
Quote:
Griff
1. If the MadStad is "unsustainable" how come we had a season of virtual break-even?
2. So given that, what the club is supposed to do is more of that while working on their relationship with RFC to make it a mutually beneficial deal. If they don't simply want out of Reading.

3. If it's a given that owning your own stadium - especially with conferencing etc. - makes money then it's practically a no-brainer to borrow massively and build one. Why don't we? Because it's not a given. So having tenancy in a large, well-appointed modern stadium is probably the best thing - but that's "unsustainable"... Without someone who's simply willing to pour money in we have to find a way to make being a tenant sustainable.

4. I'm not following, why is renting at a different stadium going to be different? We did a really good long-term deal last time round - but that's (suddenly) unsustainable.

5. Brentford isn't the only game in town - unless that town is West London. I'm not taking this personally - I moved away from Reading, I don't see why Irish can't but it has to make sense.

6. The club put BBC in-front of us to explain why this was such a good deal. His take was that the non-matchday revenues were the reason this was a good deal. He also said Irish would have ownership of some of the stadium. Both of these statements are now, for whatever reasons, demonstrably false. Why is this a good deal again? I support this club and I want the best for it, at the beginning the move looked a good deal, now?

Let's be honest. The main reason the club is still around is Mick Crossan - he's paying big to keep the club afloat. When he and his team took over they pretty-much announced that they were moving the club back to London. Since then we've learned how the MadStad deal is unsustainable - coincidence? As I say, the man is footing a huge bill and he wants the club in London so it's going to London but let's not kid ourselves this is anything to do with good business.

So, with that said, I'm very-much behind the Brentford move - except that I think it's massive hubris that might destroy the club I love. Questions?

Oh dear Griff, so Mick Crossan is some kind of a naive dewy eyed sentimentalist (that's probably why he's become such a successful businessman!), that wants to get LI back to London whether it makes business sense or not (probably just wants to save on his petrol bill!)

In order to achieve this, and make it credible, LI have 'invented' this view that the MadStad is unsustainable !

Do you really believe that !??, if so I despair !

What is your credible sustainable alternative ?? Stay put ??!!!

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
Bazzo (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 11:27
Griff, let me see if I get this right from your post......

You think that the move from Reading to Brentford is not a business decision, even though we have lost money every single year in the last 17 there? (although we came close to break even one year). That is close to two decades losing money as a club.

You think that Crossan and Co are from London and just want to move the club back there because that is where they are from? Nothing to do with the fact that we have lost money year after year? He has gone on record as saying that he needs/wants other people to help foot the bill (Which I am sure gets bigger every year as wages and cost go up in this game). You really think that the decision to explore the move has nothing to do with good business? I have to say I think it is all to do with good business and long term sustainability, but I might be wrong.....

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
cjm. (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 12:16
The main reason for lack of sustainability is that for most of the last two decades we were a team not winning anything and playing an unattractive game and the consequential lack of paying punters.

If you were to snapshot the BS era With crowds of 10-15000 then you really ought to be at least making a modest profit or there is something fundamentally wrong with the game in general.

I can't see the Brentford being an attractive venue from the travelling supporters point fo view but whoever pays, decides.

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
Strom (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 17:31
Thanks to @W2APS (Rick) for the update.

Brenford FC AFAIC is owned by one person, as will be all the facilities of the new stadium.

What is to be gained commercially by him allowing a rugby club to use his stadium? Some rent I guess. Is it enough to make the effort worthwhile? Don't know because no-one has given any details or numbers.

What is the commercial advantage of said rugby club moving in? Cheaper rent? Well if we had any figures that would be easy to determine, but we don't - so it's still guesswork.

For the Brentford football supporter it's going great guns. For the LI supporter, I fail to see what, if any progress has been made. IMHO of course. (Sm13)

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
paulm1953 (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 17:48
Would be good to know the facts of the deal from LI's point of view BUT understand that this will be commercially sensitive information.

I have resigned myself to the move and will not be surprised if I see the same fans whether we are playing in Reading or London.

LI need/ must focus on selling the new stadium to these "fans" in London looking for Premiershio rugby. Hopefully that will involve hiring a marketing department.



Come on you Irish

Paul

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
Strom (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 17:52
Having just read the missive from Bees' owner, again, I notice there was no mention of rugby therein. I really don't see this (LI) move happening.

Again, kudos to Mr Benham for bringing the Bees' supporters into the equation.

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
Aa545 (IP Logged)
29 August, 2017 20:40
How many extra fans will we gain from the move to Brentford taking into account the ones we will loose from Guildford , Petersfield, Portsmouth etc who have an easy trip to Reading which will turn into a nightmare trip to Brentford given the lack of parking?

 
Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
The Sligo Rover (IP Logged)
30 August, 2017 08:05
My wife and I will be two lost season ticket holders if the move to Brentford happens.
An hours drive from the Hampshire end of the M3 to Reading is fine at the moment but if we have no parking at Brentford and it means driving to west London then a bus or train - then forget it as it becomes a ball ache and will double our journey time. I will miss it but as in life 'nothing is for ever'.


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