- Dec 23, 2002
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I think it just comes down to the ability to capture a market and the cost associated with it. I guess we will find out what the proposal is like sooner or later, but I think two stadiums wont get the nod otherwise you couldn't upgrade a stadium without having to upgrade both, it would add a lot of cost to it. If the Tasmanian government is willing to take that on then fine, if the costs is pushed back to the club it will be prohibitive.I've never seen it suggested that the Tasmanian side wouldn't play out of both Hobart and Launceston, with the team being based in Hobart. I think it's extremely unlikely that all games would be played entirely in Launceston or Hobart. It wouldn't surprise me if the AFL read the situation that poorly though lol. If it was up to them, we'd end up playing out of Longford or something equally as bizarre.
It's definitely a stretch to say that the people of Burnie are going to travel to Hobart every week, but Launceston to Hobart (and vice versa) is something many people do quite frequently and the Greater Launceston and Greater Hobart areas contain a majority of the population of Tasmania.
Launceston to Hobart is still 202km apart, Google says it is 2h16m by car. Some people drive both ways to Geelong games from the south east here, some people go to Ballarat for Dogs games. I am sure some will go between Launceston and Hobart, I just don't know how many. I used to go to Geelong when I was young and didn't mind travel, haven't been there in a long time now. I'd be very surprised if a material number of people went both ways for a footy game. That is a lot of time in transit.
Whatever happens, I hope it works out for Tasmania.