Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It's Ground-move day!

Another ground move announcement :

BBC NEWS | England | Merseyside | Everton confirm new stadium talks

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Everton | Everton reassure fans over move

This is a tricky one...I'm not totally against a ground move but I think it has to be shown why it'll be better and more profitable than what we've got now. Why will it generate extra cash? How long will it take to pay for itself? How long will the club be in debt for?

Every true Evertonian loves Goodison...for all it's faults it's a great old ground, a proper old footy stadium. On it's day the atmosphere is immense, thinking back to the Blackburn game last season you have to say that these new ground just don't have the same feeling. People need to realise that it's a big sacrifice to leave our home, especially when a move will take us out of the city. Do we really want some shiny polished concrete generic "Reebokside Stadium of Pride". The aborted Kings Dock project would have been something special and was, basically, laid on a plate for us but the club screwed it up. That would have been a great ground in the heart of our city, this new thing just doesn't entice.

There's a lot of convincing to be done methinks.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a Sunderland fan I guess I'm in a position to comment. We moved from Roker Park to the SOL (I cant say the full name still,grrrrrrr) in 1997. Of course, we all loved RP, but times change and we had to move. The diehards now will admit it was the right move.

The 'new' ground has less soul than RP thats for sure. We have tried to personalise the stadium in a lot of ways (too numerous to mention here), so it isnt souless like boro, bolton or stoke imo. However, we will (hopefully) be in a position to compete with the Big Four (and the likes of Everton and Spurs) once we get our act together.

Everton will hopefully be in a position to compete with the Big Four soon. Times have changed and your last championship in 1987. I believe you'll need to get a new stadium to compete. Do you think you can attract 60,000 per game though? They always have a passionate support for sure.