Reading FC The Club will not expand Madejski Stadium's capacity until next year at the earliest.
We have planning permission in place to increase the capacity to around 30,000, but work will not begin before the summer of 2009.
Chief Executive Nigel Howe told readingfc.co.uk, "Work will not start until the summer of 2009 at the earliest, whatever division we are in.
"From day one, we've said there's no point expanding if we don't maintain our place in the Premier League.
Given Reading's form and inability to sell out a 25,000 seat stadium for anything other than the big four, this is most prudent.
"Well done, is better than well said."
Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790
If the Royals crash a number of things could happen:
1. they don't expand the stadium so we avoid our team having to play in front of even more rows of empty blue seats and our meagre chants of encouragement getting lost in the echoes of an empty stadium
2. our attendances outstrip those of the Royals and so the numpties that staff the stadium start treating us Rugby fans with respect rather than something you'd find on the bottom of your shoe. By respect I mean similar to that found at rugby only grounds (FG, Stoop, WR, CG, KP....)
3. Reading public tire of watching a kak football team and decide to support a winning rugby team - our attendances go up.
4. Reading FC and the Madejski Stadium get strapped for cash, go into Administration and LI pick up the stadium for a song and we become the landlords, change the seats from blue to green swap RFC badges around the stadium with LI ones and vice-versa. (long shot dream I know)
So yes..I really mean it. (and if Charlton can go up in their place all the better)
I know you are in the throes of delight about the potential sell-out at the St Pats party, but don't forget that for all but one or two games a season the stadium is more than half empty now. What has happened to prices over the past three years? Up or down?
BTW Lowest price ticket to see Wasps at Adams Park is the same as the lowest price ticket at the Madejski. Lowest price ticket at Quins is less than LI's. Lowest price ticket for on-line purchase at Sarries is a cracking £15, £5 less than ours.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 20/02/2008 10:14 by balpw2..
the key to this, for a lot of people anyway, will be the location of concession seats which are still well placed at the Madstad. Won't last for ever of course but enjoy it whilst one can.
I think if one did a comparison of the best priced seats on the half way line at all four London clubs there would be a marked difference. How one handles any change is critical to keeping the supporter base on board. We need an apples and apples comparison to look at the numbers properly.
Prices will always go up - that is a fact of life unfortunately - but hopefully some or most of this increase will go into providing a more and more competitive squad.
Bath is a good example of what happens when there is limited capacity (10,600 I think). Ultimately one has to have some decent capacity to prosper in the long run. I shudder to think what Wasps might have achieved commercially if they had been based at the Madstad rather than HW.
Just looked into the Grren Park station stuff as I'd not seen anything about it for a while. It has finally got the green light with West Berks giving it planning permission. The "first new station in the south of England in 50 years" will now be built - aiming for opening in December (this year, as EB says). It's also the first privately funded station (as it's being paid for by PruPim - the property arm of the Prudential) to be built in Britain (which gives you some hope that it might actually appear).
I was trying to see where it is actually aimed for - initially I thought it was supposed to be near J11 but it isn't. It's, fairly obviously, next to the existing Basingstoke line on the far side of the MadStad to B&Q - about a mile away by my reckoning which will put some off but will be a massive improvement from the walk from Reading main station. I'd post some links but you really have to dig into corporate b*ll*cks at the moment - perhaps there'll be a website once construction actually starts.
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