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Re: Brentford - The proposed stadium changes
Posted by: CharlieG
Date: 06/10/2017 10:06
I am not convinced that we will get bigger crowds in Brentford. OK, there are more people in London than in Reading, but there is also more competition - Quins, Sarries, Richmond, Scottish, etc., and that support will already have decided where their loyalties lie.

What will increase the numbers is, as Fatlad points out, "good winning rugby", and we used to get this in Reading.

Personally, I can't see much difference between Brentford and Reading:

Both stadiums built primarily for football
Similarish size - 17k vs 24k - it's not as if one was 50k and the other 10k
No mid-week revenue at either

There is currently good car parking at Reading, and after the changes it will still be better than Brentford.

The new Green Park railway station has been given the go-ahead, and, as far as I can see, this will make public transport access at Reading easier than Brentford.

In the long term, Brentford may be better, but I can't help feeling that the club will initially struggle to replace the lost support, and I do worry about what the impact will be in the interim.

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