In response to Sam, his poor sources and his stereotypes.
without wanting to disappoint you, I am very much not a”Rugby Union Type”, my first love is Football – the beautiful game – the worlds game, my second love is that most English of games with whites and a little shiny red ball, my third sport would be Baseball, fourth Ice Hockey, fifth American Football then Rugby and Darts more or less equal. Dang where does F1 fit in there?
But once again stereotypical assumptions are very easy to create when debating this stadium project. Imagine my disappointment when I saw the design of the stadium that didn’t include cricket.
Considering that the capacity of the AMI stadium sans an entire half of the stadium is a little over 16,000, I would say it’s complete bollocks and completely disingenuous of the Canberra Times to call the crowd of 14,000 disappointing. The place was pretty much full with some space at the far end stand, not that I know what it’s called anymore.
You see this was my first trip to AMI stadium since the demolition of the old embankment, so gutted was I to see it go. I remember my only infamous simulcast mention on radio and TV was an ill fated cricket match at the then Lancaster Park. There I was sitting with 2 other people on the embankment in my shorts in the snow hoping for the cricket to start. Perseverance paid off as the day eventually turned fine and play remarkably too place that afternoon.
So when in CHCH last weekend when my old man (who had played rugby colts level for Canterbury in 1958) won tickets to the Crusaders game, I was more than happy to go along. And what did I do the whole time, but look all around and snap as many pics of the new Paul Kelly stand.
Take a good long hard look at that image at the top. If that is what the Canberra Times calls a disappointing crowd, considering it’s still the cricket season, it was very cold for the time of the year, and crowds at this time of the year are traditionally exceedingly poor. I would say that a couple of thousand shy of the full capacity of a redeveloping stadium isn’t too bloody bad a result.