Wednesday, 17 June 2009

StadiArena? Steady!

I was surprised to see Paul Retout talking about his hopes to develop a StadiArena stand on the Kop in the Leader. It's something which has been under consideration for a while, and I think it ought to have stayed under wraps.

It's an exciting project, nicely illustrated by their website, but incredibly ambitious for a club of our size, when we're at the lowest ebb of our history, in the current economic climate.

That's not to say we shouldn't think big; aiming high is what will get us back where we want to be. In fact, to be honest I find the thought extremely exciting. But that's exactly why I don't want to know about it!

I'd rather big projects like this were kept under wraps, because if we announce we're looking at this and it never happens we won't look too clever. Remember the massive stadium refurbishment we were supposed to be having in the early 90s? Embarrassing wasn't it?

Burnley are building the first StadiArena stand in the world, Coventry are looking to follow suit and there's one in the pipeline in Gujarat-India's Wembley according to the publicity. Scouring the internet to find convincing arguments for the logic of such a development isn't too difficult-ex-Burnley striker Paul Fletcher is behind the idea and he has done an impressive PR job. It looks like a great product, and his logic looks sound. Perhaps we should wait and see how profitable these projects are before going public though.

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