> Have I missed something? Melbourne the world's sporting capital? On what
> measurement. It may be Australia's sporting capital but really.
Go to www.vicnet.au and read a bit about melbourne mate. You may change
> London is just one contender for the title but there are many more:
> Paris, New York, Rome....
> London has seven premiership soccer grounds: Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham,
> Wimbledon, Crystal Palace, Spurs; probably another half dozen fully
> professional soccer teams: QPR, Millwall, Charlton, Brentford,
> Orient......Not to mention Wembley
Oooo.... Well Stadiums in melb.
MCG (don't the brits wish they built it) (102,000 Capacity)
Waverly Park. (80,000 capacity)
Optus Oval (35,000 capacity)
Victoria Park (25,000 capacity)
Whitten Oval (20,000 capacity)
others include Morrabin, Windy hill, Arden Street, Juntion Oval,
Glenferrie oval, and blah blah blah each with varying capacities of 5000
+Docklands (under construct) - Proposed Cap of 60,000.
then there is Olympic Park (Athletics)
Multi Purpose stadiums - Flinders Park and the Glasshouse.
> Two cricket test venues (Oval and Lord) with county sides playing
> throughout the summer and Lords being the home of Cricket.
Ummmm... we have every right to call MCG the Equal home of cricket with
lords. It has hosted many of the great games, brings in the biggest
cricket crowds, and generally has a place in the heart of every
international cricket player.
> A F1 venue (Brands Hatch).
> World class racecourses: Epsom and Ascot.
Really? What is Flemington Racecourse (Host Melb Cup) and Caufield (Cox
Plate) or is that at monnee valley. I don't know. At least the IRA dosn't
threaten our events.
> International athletics and swimming stadia (Crystal Palace)
Olympic Park, and melbourne Aquatic Sports center.
also I didn't mean to go on during the olympics. I meant be held maybe 2
weeks before the games. Many people are coming early for
the games to sightsee. This is one way to attract people to melbourne for
a week. Although I stress there is more than just sport to see in Melb.
> > -Rugby League (ARL clubs?)
> In the middle of the regular season?
Trust me. Offer them a game at the MCG, and they jump at the chance. They
rarely play in front of 20,000 crowds. 90,000 - 100,000 is a frill.
> > -American Football (I hear the party poopers won't participate)
> What would the interest be, likely to cost even more than the
> Premiership teams to bring all the way to Oz.
Here you have it. A footy fest as such could reach potential audiences of
1 billion (not to say they will all watch it). But it could market two pro
teams on the international stage which means $$$. But maybe it mightn't
be in their interests. Maybe they don't want the money.... yeah right.
> > -Canadian Football (2 CFL Teams are scheduled)
> Is this the same as Americak Football?
Yes. But the field is some 10 yards longer and a bit wider. One more
player and some rules vary. Also the people who watch & play it don't have
big heads. :)
> > -Gaelic Football (Ireland V's Australia)
> Not a real contest I would guess
Aussie Rules and Gaelic is simular. We used to have Aussie players take on
Gaelic Footballers at their game. The games stopped after a while. But
such a game would rekindle a great tradition.
> Really? as great as the olympic games? Which countries do you see
> bidding to host a festival that included: [cut list of codes]
Let melbourne trial it. It may be a flop. It may be a success. And if it
is a success no doubt we will wanna keep it again.
> Outside of the International RU Board countries who else has the desire
> or audience to host a RU international in front of a big crowd.
You nominated 5 or so cities who compete for sporting capital of the
world. If they really are fair dinkum, they will attend these sports like
a true sporting city.
> Aussie Rules has only one audiance (in Australia)
She's becoming internationally rewcongnised my friend... talk to me again
in 10 years.... Already some 20 schools in suburban chicago have scrapped
basketball for Aussie Rules Football.
> What is the population of Melbourne? would in theory you be asking the
> same 90,000 fans to come back and watch the same events.
3.5 million my friend. Nope it's not the little sheepstation you thought
it was was it?
> London is a big old town, it has large numbers of
> Antipodean/Irish/US/Canadian residents but it wouldn't work here. A top
> RU match (England v NZ would attract 75,000).
Ooooo and that is better than 90,000 is it. And england is crap. we quick
your bum at erverything. Cricket, Rugby..... maybe not soccer.... yet.
> A non competitive soccer game (international or club) is unlikely to
> attract more than 35-40,000 fans. If the game could be a world cup
> qualifier (England v Italy) you could expect to sell 80,000 tickets.
We are inquisitive little people here. We'll watch it live before we make
any opinions on a particular sport.
> A full RL test between GB & Aus could also draw a good crowd but the
> other events may struggle to attract 20,000 fans between them.
The struggling events would no doubt be the slow games, American and
Canadaian Football.... Gaelic, Aussie, Soccer and League,Union would be
sellouts. But this is melbourne not london. So 7 events.... maybe 650,000
attend. That's a big sporting event no doubt.
> Steve Morris