Norm Smith Medallist
- Sep 10, 2010
- AFL Club
- Brisbane Lions
I swear every day on BF someone with no clue about the Gold Coast makes sweeping declarations as though they're an expert. No "good times" have rolled. The Gold Coast has never had a winner to back, in any sport besides motor racing. Every team gets bigger crowds when they're doing well and smaller crowds when they're not. Richmond certainly wouldn't have got 75 000 to a game against an interstate team back in 2006 when they were struggling. And this is especially true for Queensland, which is a bandwagon state in terms of supporting any sport.I dont see masses of crowds going to the footy on the GC. Maybe a few more when 'the good times roll', but by & large, no. Maybe they need 30 more years of free tickets or something.
People don't go the the GC to 'do sport' & sit in stadiums. Thats the lesson of history.
When you consider all that, why would Gold Coast be getting big crowds? The fact they're regularly getting crowds over 10 000 with a horrendous team in rugby league territory is impressive. It shows they have a number of hardcore supporters, probably stemming from the strong football culture in local clubs like Southport, Labrador etc.
You're also clearly ignorant of the smaller stuff too, if you think they hand out lots of free tickets. They hand out barely any of them, especially to adults. Just talk to a regular Suns match goer instead of making uninformed assumptions, there are plenty of them on BF who can tell you the facts. Plus the ground can be very annoying to get to with its lack of parking and distance from any population centre. That limits crowds too, and it will until the government pull their finger out and provide adequate public transport or parking.