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Re: Brentford stadium plan changes
Posted by: Anonymous User
Date: 26/08/2017 20:07
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

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