Norm Smith Medallist
- Jul 1, 2014
- AFL Club
- Port Adelaide
- Other Teams
- Lakers, Ducks, Yankees
The biggest question is going to be the expectation for the average fan in 2050. American fans traditionally have an expectation of an "out of this world" type of experience, whereas I would suggest the average fan in Australia doesn't care nearly as much as the yanks do about the little gimmicks.Lets look at some Oz experience
Sydney Football Stadium next to SCG opened 1988 completely demolished by 2020, rebuilding now.
Parramatta Stadium opened in 1986, knocked down in 2017, rebuild and opened in 2019.
Subiaco main 3 tiered stand finished 1969, stand all the way round from outer pocket next to 3 tiered stand all way round to members side opposite pocket was built mid 1990's along with a couple of members stands built in 1970's and upgraded, and all completely demolished by 2019.
Football Park open 1974 completely demolished by 2018.
Waverley Park opened 1970 completely demolished by 2003.
Lang Park was completely rebuilt in 2003.
Gabba 6 stage redevelopment starting in 1994 accelerated for Sydney Olympics so that soccer could be played there by 2000 so stage 5 completed by 1999, and stage 6 around 2005, will be completely demolished and rebuilt for 2032 Olympics.
Olympic Stadium in Sydney at one point was going to be half demolished and rebuilt as a rectangle, but Covid stopped that.
Great Southern Stand MCG is 48k capacity was finished in 1992, and MCC has seriously considered a knockdown and rebuild for middle of this decade, but that's been put on hold.
In 30 years time many stadiums will be hitting the 40-50 years old. The customer expectations in the 2040's and by2050 will be greater than today, so I expect some stadiums will be knocked down and others to receive major upgrades that are similar to building a new stadium.
We look at Adelaide Oval and Optus Stadium as the best stadium experiences (Lang Park for any rectangular game ie soccer, rugby league etc) and the common denominator of all of these isn't so much that they are a "Jerry's World" type of experience - but they provide awesome sight lines, easy accessibility getting into the stadium, easy access to bathrooms, food and grog, and acoustics that enhance the sound from the crowd. You contrast that to Allegiant Stadium in Vegas where the latest gimmick introduced there is essentially a nightclub in one of the end zones. I'm not quite sure the expectations here will come close to what is on offer in the States for many years, if ever.