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Melbourne United should play finals at Rod Laver

I think Melbourne United should play this seasons Finals at Rod Laver Arena.

I honestly believe they would sellout the 15,000 seat stadium.

Thoughts?

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paul
Last year
11:51 5 Feb 16

Reply #576262

re: Melbourne United should play finals at Rod Laver

I think they should stay where their players are used to, but look to schedule some games at Rod Laver next season.


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LV
Last year
12:08 5 Feb 16

Reply #576265

re: Melbourne United should play finals at Rod Laver

They probably won't even sell out Hisense for all of their finals.

Look at Big Bash- the two Stars finals at the G got 30,000 (Friday night) and 48,000 (Sunday Night). Admittedly the 30k was on a night where it had rained during the day and the forecast gave a strong chance of that rain re commencing at night, and the Australian Open Tennis had started but still, the point remains: In light of the entire season those were only average crowds: The Stars got 30K and 33 K on their two previous home games- which were on a Wednesday and a Thursday. And got 80k for the derby against the Renegades.

Ticket prices will go up a bit for the finals. The cheapest tickets at Hisense are $28, and I’m guessing that will rise to $30 or $35 for the finals. With games being announced on short notice and quite possibly a mid week game in quick succession after Sunday the 14th home game, I will be surprised if they sell out the first semi final game.

Having said all that- I much prefer RLA to Hisense. Always have. Even if they get 8,000 people in a 15,000 seat stadium, I’d rather watch it in the better stadium. So go for it.


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Luuuc
Last year
12:12 5 Feb 16

Reply #576267

re: Melbourne United should play finals at Rod Laver

Grand Finals *maybe*.
Semi finals are traditionally tough to get big crowds to.


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Bear
Last year
14:03 5 Feb 16

Reply #576281

re: Melbourne United should play finals at Rod Laver

I think the point about ticket prices is valid here, if they remained the same and they played at the bigger venue it may be possible to attract more fans.

There in lays the dilemma, does the club risk not filling a bigger stadium in the hope of filling their usual one but asking more for tickets?

Obviously finals time we all expect to pay a little more, however wouldn't it be something if the United went into finals promoting no increase in entry fees but generated an exciting atmosphere towards potentially filling up a 15,000 seat stadium...

Financially it could be no different, but as an exhibition and catalyst for the future of the NBL, well it could be gold!


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Bear
Last year
14:08 5 Feb 16

Reply #576282

re: Melbourne United should play finals at Rod Laver

I hope we don't go into more cricket or football comparisons, not even worth comparing.

Yes, the weather impacts the cricket crowds, end of story, and other sports like football have competition and other teams in Melbourne that can reduce crowd numbers, or enhance them when taking into account people who go to finals just because they love their sport.

Basketball here, like the NRL, has only one team, so the crowd may be maxed out, but we won't know unless we try something, which is why I would like to see them play in the bigger venue, regardless of what they do with ticketing (But I think bumping up prices is just stupid and short sighted), my opinion only...


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LV
Last year
15:55 5 Feb 16

Reply #576300

re: Melbourne United should play finals at Rod Laver

BBL is a reasonable comparison- like Melbourne United, it's a sport which has had strong upwards growth recently. And it's also a sport where the finals come in quick succession from the regular season.

The Big Bash doesnt quite have the same tradition behind it as AFL. I'm used to keeping the AFL finals series in my diary months ahead- everyone in Melbourne knows what September means. Whereas Big Bash and NBL don't have that same esteem (even amongst many of the regular attending fans, I would suggest).


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LV
Last year
08:48 6 Feb 16

Reply #576422

re: Melbourne United should play finals at Rod Laver

Melbourne United's first semi will be Thurs Feb 18.

Confirmed via email from the club


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Anonymous
Last year
19:30 7 Feb 16

Reply #576587

re: Melbourne United should play finals at Rod Laver

Get off the fucking bandwagon, play at rod laver and sell it out lol


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