Posted: 5 April, 2012
NRL Clubs To Abandon Suburban Grounds A Big Mistake, Says Matty Johns
The Grill Team's Matty Johns and Mark Geyer have their say on Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson's call for clubs to abandon their traditional home grounds for Allianz and ANZ Stadium. NRL News
South Sydney Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson has called for NRL clubs to abandon their traditional home grounds and just play them at Allianz (the old SFS) and ANZ Stadium.
The argument for the move is that the NRL is a billion-dollar game and local grounds just aren't up to scrap in terms of toilet facilities and public transport.
But scrapping games at favourites like Leichhardt Oval and Parramatta Stadium is something the boys on the Triple M Grill Team find hard to comprehend.
"Take away suburban grounds [and] you take away the heartbeat of rugby league," said Mark "MG" Geyer. "When you think of suburban grounds you think of memories, you think of sitting on the hill with your dad and buying a Cornetto. I don't mind playing the game in the big stadiums as long as we have a full house."
Matty Johns said the idea stinks. "We're a tribal game and to move it into the big stadiums takes so much away from the game. It will never happen."
He added that just because the AFL does it doesn't mean the NRL should.
"We look to the AFL too much. We say 'the AFL play at Etihad Stadium and the MCG and get 90'000 [people]… well [the NRL] gets better TV ratings than the AFL. The NRL is a TV game and there's nothing worse than watching it on TV at an empty stadium."
What do you think?