Cricket at Metricon stadium

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The whole idea was to not make it solely a 2nd Brisbane home ground, in preparation for possible expansion. Also Brisbane wouldn't want any less home games at the 'Gabba.
Even if they played a Heat away game there it'd still get the majority of the crowd's support.
Good thing is, they moved the game up there in a year where extra games were added so it's not a game that used to be in Melbourne. Like Adelaide'a home game in Alice came about when they went from four to five home games. Nobody missed out.
 

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The whole idea was to not make it solely a 2nd Brisbane home ground, in preparation for possible expansion. Also Brisbane wouldn't want any less home games at the 'Gabba.
Even if they played a Heat away game there it'd still get the majority of the crowd's support.
Good thing is, they moved the game up there in a year where extra games were added so it's not a game that used to be in Melbourne. Like Adelaide'a home game in Alice came about when they went from four to five home games. Nobody missed out.
You're right. Heat fans didn't have an opportunity to genuinely get mad about home games being played at Metricon because they never actually lost anything to begin with! Five home games at the Gabba last season and five home games at the Gabba this season. It would be a very different story if they had moved a Gabba game to Metricon.

The predicted larger crowd for tomorrow's game will likely show Cricket Australia that the larger market to tap into on the Gold Coast during the summer months is actually people from Melbourne and Sydney, not people from Brisbane. Playing games on the GC gives people in Victoria and New South Wales an excellent excuse to plan a holiday to the Gold Coast and I believe we'll have the analytics to back that up tomorrow (presuming the weather is kind). Not to mention the high percentage of people from Melbourne/Sydney already living on the Gold Coast who feel absolutely no connection to Brisbane sports teams but hold nostalgic connections to teams from their home state. Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cricket Australia schedule less Heat games at Metricon going forward and more games involving teams based in Melbourne and Sydney.

There's a reason clubs like Collingwood, Richmond and Essendon pull bigger crowds at Metricon than the QClash.
 

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It did but it also got a LOT bigger once it got on FTA. First two seasons I had legitimate hopes that it would revert back to a state comp eventually, but after a few seasons of FTA I accepted it wasn't going to happen and eventually caved into picking a team.

The predicted larger crowd for tomorrow's game will likely show Cricket Australia that the larger market to tap into on the Gold Coast during the summer months is actually people from Melbourne and Sydney, not people from Brisbane. Playing games on the GC gives people in Victoria and New South Wales an excellent excuse to plan a holiday to the Gold Coast and I believe we'll have the analytics to back that up tomorrow (presuming the weather is kind). Not to mention the high percentage of people from Melbourne/Sydney already living on the Gold Coast who feel absolutely no connection to Brisbane sports teams but hold nostalgic connections to teams from their home state. Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cricket Australia schedule less Heat games at Metricon going forward and more games involving teams based in Melbourne and Sydney.

There's a reason clubs like Collingwood, Richmond and Essendon pull bigger crowds at Metricon than the QClash.
That's pretty much what I tell my Victorian mates when I say the Suns will be fine in the long run (once the kids get older etc.). GC will work in the big bash in the shorter term purely because people don't have that same emotional attachment to their big bash teams like they would with their AFL or NRL teams and would be more likely to consider jumping ship
 

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That's pretty much what I tell my Victorian mates when I say the Suns will be fine in the long run (once the kids get older etc.). GC will work in the big bash in the shorter term purely because people don't have that same emotional attachment to their big bash teams like they would with their AFL or NRL teams and would be more likely to consider jumping ship
It can be difficult to explain the situation unless you've lived on or near the Gold Coast for an extended period. It is quite astounding how different the Gold Coast is to Brisbane, despite the two cities virtually neighbouring one another. The vast majority of people living in Brisbane are parochial when it comes to sports and support their own. It's simply not the case on the GC (at least not yet). I don't think it's a stretch to say most people living on the Gold Coast were born in another city/state and settled on the GC for 'the lifestyle'. Problem is, these people hold onto their preferences/bias and rarely make the switch to solely support the local team. Having said that, we are currently seeing the first wave of a new generation of kids living on the Gold Coast who don't know a time without the Suns. Those kids are the future of the Gold Coast Football Club.

I think the Suns have employed a smart strategy by creating strong links with popular summer sports - cricket and basketball. Gold Coast Basketball is based in the same building as the Suns' training/admin facility and we know top level cricket is currently in the process of returning to Carrara. This will naturally create opportunities to introduce kids from other sports to Aussie rules and the pool of talented youngsters available at the Suns' disposal will increase. Generally speaking, it's easier to convert a cricketer/basketballer to Aussie rules than a rugby/soccer player so it's a smart strategy. We've seen it in the past with Gold Coast basketball juniors like Kurt Tippett taking up footy late in life and carving out a pretty handy AFL career for a guy that first picked up a sherrin at 17. The clearer pathway that exists these days should result in more Kurt Tippetts coming through the system in the future. With almost exclusive access to the new world class sports precinct built for the Comm Games, the Suns now hold most of the keys on the Gold Coast in terms of resources. Now they just need to take advantage of what they have and create something special for a community that's been starved of success.

Back on topic - anyone want to hazard a guess for today's BBL crowd? The media have predicted 19k.
 

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It can be difficult to explain the situation unless you've lived on or near the Gold Coast for an extended period. It is quite astounding how different the Gold Coast is to Brisbane, despite the two cities virtually neighbouring one another. The vast majority of people living in Brisbane are parochial when it comes to sports and support their own. It's simply not the case on the GC (at least not yet). I don't think it's a stretch to say most people living on the Gold Coast were born in another city/state and settled on the GC for 'the lifestyle'. Problem is, these people hold onto their preferences/bias and rarely make the switch to solely support the local team. Having said that, we are currently seeing the first wave of a new generation of kids living on the Gold Coast who don't know a time without the Suns. Those kids are the future of the Gold Coast Football Club.

I think the Suns have employed a smart strategy by creating strong links with popular summer sports - cricket and basketball. Gold Coast Basketball is based in the same building as the Suns' training/admin facility and we know top level cricket is currently in the process of returning to Carrara. This will naturally create opportunities to introduce kids from other sports to Aussie rules and the pool of talented youngsters available at the Suns' disposal will increase. Generally speaking, it's easier to convert a cricketer/basketballer to Aussie rules than a rugby/soccer player so it's a smart strategy. We've seen it in the past with Gold Coast basketball juniors like Kurt Tippett taking up footy late in life and carving out a pretty handy AFL career for a guy that first picked up a sherrin at 17. The clearer pathway that exists these days should result in more Kurt Tippetts coming through the system in the future. With almost exclusive access to the new world class sports precinct built for the Comm Games, the Suns now hold most of the keys on the Gold Coast in terms of resources. Now they just need to take advantage of what they have and create something special for a community that's been starved of success.

Back on topic - anyone want to hazard a guess for today's BBL crowd? The media have predicted 19k.
Not a very big crowd


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Melbourne Media - BS'ing again. Why would a big GC crowd turn up for this ?
Most sport loving GC fans are up at the Brisbane International Tennis finals ( was up there earlier myself... )
Bad fixturing. That said, the New Years Day game was brilliant - good crowd, good match - family really enjoyed it .
And.... no coincidence - a Queensland team was playing
 

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Melbourne Media - BS'ing again. Why would a big GC crowd turn up for this ?
Most sport loving GC fans are up at the Brisbane International Tennis finals ( was up there earlier myself... )
Bad fixturing. That said, the New Years Day game was brilliant - good crowd, good match - family really enjoyed it .
And.... no coincidence - a Queensland team was playing
8156 at Metricon tonight.

I stand corrected. Bring back Lynnsanity and the Heat ASAP!
 
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