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    SportFM 91.3 Interview with Western Force CEO Tony Lewis 12/01/2022

    Interesting interview with Blayne Treadgold and Force CEO Tony Lewis

    https://omny.fm/shows/sports-line/to...force-13-01-22

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    interesting interview-especially the costs of stadium hire

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    From previous discussions, prior to the current SR seasons and at the early stages of Optus, the starting prices for holding an event at HBF was $250K and for Optus $500K.

    The WF get only a very small component of takings from food and beverage outlets at HBF.

    One has to remember that the AFL is the main game in town and influences the WA State govt to help Rugby Union and Soccer/Football as little as possible. I s'pose that's business but the AFL also get consistently good numbers.

    Thanks Tattarang/Andrew Forrest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokendown gunfighter View Post
    interesting interview-especially the costs of stadium hire
    Particularly given it still largely remains a half-arsed bodge, being only part of what was a pretty average development in the first place. Still, it is not like they can even manage a functional hospital system in WA, so I suppose a halfway decent rectangular stadium is just imaginary unicorn stuff. Let alone something actually good.

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    Still its a better experience then Subiaco

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    Good interview, very sensible man speaks well.

    Found the possible player pool of fifty plus to try cover injury and covid intresting, seems to be similar to what big bash cricket is doing. Hopefully a couple of fringe WA academy players included to give them potential opportunities to play a level up for a short stint

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    Still its a better experience then Subiaco
    By light-years. The problem confronting management is that they have no real means to leverage a better cut from HBF. On the East Coast many clubs have some options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    Still its a better experience then Subiaco
    No doubt. Yet here they are, talking about playing games at Optus...

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    playing Western Force home games at Optus would be a mistake - In my humble opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    playing Western Force home games at Optus would be a mistake - In my humble opinion
    Totally agree!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    playing Western Force home games at Optus would be a mistake - In my humble opinion
    Wouldn't even be a question until hbf can be filled.If the price is the same then maybe the corporate facilities would probably tip the balance, but I seriously doubt the price is the same

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    The capacity of HBF is 21,000? Would still equate to 2/3rds empty Optus. That's an ugly-looking prospect.

    I would rather see 10,000 people turned away from HBF before they even consider going to Optus.

    A capacity HBF is something that would be worth experiencing. A half-full Optus would just be disappointing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    playing Western Force home games at Optus would be a mistake - In my humble opinion

    Agreed. I love the proximity of the stands to the pitch, and rectangular pitches are just too far away at Optus.

    Also, any atmosphere at a large stadium is lost if the crowd is either small or spread out thinly.

    Our crowds at HBF look fine on TV. If we moved to Optus it would look like a Tahs home game with the percentage of empty seats on display!

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    The capacity of HBF is 21,000? Would still equate to 2/3rds empty Optus. That's an ugly-looking prospect.

    I would rather see 10,000 people turned away from HBF before they even consider going to Optus.

    A capacity HBF is something that would be worth experiencing. A half-full Optus would just be disappointing.
    We are the only Australian side who has sold out a non-playoff game (twice, I think). We got ~21,000 for a Chiefs game and about ~23,000 for a Crusaders game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    We are the only Australian side who has sold out a non-playoff game (twice, I think). We got ~21,000 for a Chiefs game and about ~23,000 for a Crusaders game.
    Indeed, but even 23000 in Optus would seem quite spread out on TV, and still far from the field of play.

    23000 in HBF is electric.

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