Robbiedundalk2 wrote:I know I can only speak for myself but the state of a stadium would never stop me from seeing my team. I find it hard to accept that this is stopping other people from going though you are probably right it may be.
Ps you don’t get last Thursday’s atmosphere on the telly, would rather have a restricted view and be there, it was truly wonderful
I know, I was there.
There are about 2,000 people you can say that for, and they're the heartbeat of the club.
But after that there are people for whom life just gets in the way - people who are tired and just want to sit on their couch at the end of a long week; people who say 'you know what, I can't be arsed watching Bray'; people who know that if it rains they'll get drowned; people who just shelled out to get the car fixed or buy school uniforms or whatever who don't have the cash; people who have to drive and had to park a mile away last time they went to Oriel; people who see police dogs and horses who think 'that doesn't look good'; people who don't like the effin and blinding; people who see Shamrock Rovers fans acting like tramps and decide the rugby crowd are nicer; people who don't want to have their kids out til 10pm; people for whom turning up religiously 20+ times a year just isn't a thing they've ever done; people who are event junkies...
So instead of the 4,000 - 5,000 we should conceivably get, we get 2,500 - 3,000.
The club can do nothing about most of that. But what it can do is strive to make the match-going experience as attractive as possible so that as well as watching good football it's a place you want to visit of an evening. And to be fair they've brought it up a notch this year. But there's a bucket load more that can be done if the new owners are prepared to do it.