- Dec 7, 2016
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You obviously aren't aware that the Western Bulldogs do indeed add a Ballarat Premium to their memberships for Melbourne based members who wish to attend Ballarat games. Ballarat resident members don't pay that premium.I highly doubt the AFL would ever charge $50 to go to a smaller stadium just because it's smaller.
It sounds like you don't want it to happen because the Bulldogs will then pull out of playing games in Ballarat, which comes off as a bit selfish.
The Dogs in Ballarat doesn't phase me one way or the other, but it is rare that you would get crowds under 20,000 these days in Melbourne. Even for North Melbourne. Otherwise it might be reasonable to argue that Port Adelaide should have its old home ground developed in Adelaide and a boutique ground for Freo.
There are many members of the WBFC who are rightly arguing that paying a premium for membership to watch games at Ballarat is a bit rich. The reality is that whatever the capacity, they have to reserve a percentage of the ground for opposition members and supporters. In Ballarat they reserve 70% of available seating for Western Bulldogs members and the rest for the opposition and those who wish to pay a one off payment to attend one game. I am wondering if 18,000 is big enough for a ground in Melbourne? Should the ground be closer to 30,000 capacity or even the same proportions as Kardinia Park. After all, 30,000 was long considered too small for the Cats and they are screaming for their ground to be 40,000. It's food for thought.