There are 8 bidders vying for a license with only 2 of them to be accepted in this round, and there are also massive doubts the already delayed expansion process will go ahead next season due to the congress issues at FFA.rev wrote: ↑Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:26 amSpeaking of the A League, here's what's proposed for Western Melbourne in their bid for an expansion license.Algernon wrote: ↑Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:39 amThe chances of this going ahead would depend on getting the FIFA women's world cup. I don't think we're much chance of winning it, and we're actually teetering on the edge of being booted from international football if the FFA EGM on October 2 doesn't pass the congress reforms mandated by FIFA.ml69 wrote: ↑Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:06 am
I think the Lille concept IS thinking pretty big! Realistically, does anyone seriously think we are going to get a new indoor arena plus a new rectangular stadium, especially when the rectangular stadium is used about 10 times per year?
The combined concept is the ONLY possibility of soccer getting a state-of-the-art stadium. The other realistic alternative is a new indoor arena and Coopers Stadium basically remaining as it is now.
In the current HAL format, Adelaide United hosts 27 regular season games per 2 years. There's potential for more - HAL finals, Asian Champions League, and FFA Cup. Also, after mooted HAL expansion occurs next season that number may change again. It's a bit more than 10. It justifies the need for having Hindmarsh in its current configuration, nothing bigger. They would only go larger for this world cup bid. The stadium is also used for one off NRL games and NPL finals, but the latter doesn't warrant more than a few thousand seats.
The only other factor to consider would be that Hindmarsh is now approaching 20 years of age. Structurally she's sound, but stadiums typically need a refresh of sorts in their amenity far before the structure itself expires. It's the best HAL venue in many respects, but amenity wise it's falling behind.
So..if successful, Melbourne will have two purpose built rectangular stadiums, light years ahead of Hindmarsh/Coopers, but you guys keep telling your selves that Hindmarsh/Coopers is the best soccer stadium in Australia, it just needs a refresh.
If the Wyndham stadium were to be built it would be the model for the league not just for its design, but also the economic model. They'd literally be the first HAL club to embrace the model used in football around the world of an owner occupier having full use and control of their stadium. If they were approved for a license it'd be a huge leap for the sport. I have my doubts about them though. At this stage it's a club that doesn't exist in a stadium that isn't built in a part of Melbourne that doesn't exist yet. So yeah, today (or yesterday) on the day I'm making the comment that Hindmarsh is the best, it is. It exists. Some of the more respectable journos believe that Team 11 will be the Melbourne bid chosen over WMG and South Melbourne. Their stadium is proposed for the South East and is quite impressive as well.
IMO, Western Sydney Stadium will be the best stadium in the country when it's completed in March, because of the rake on the stands has you right on top of the action.
Melbourne Rectangular has its flaws. There's a bit of a contradiction in your comment of it being purpose built. It's not. Being rectangular doesn't make you purpose built. Sydney Football Stadium is rectangular but can accommodate rugby union with full sized in goal areas. For soccer it puts you some 30m away from the goal line - you can literally fill that space with an olympic swimming pool. MRS isn't as bad - it can accommodate rugby union but not with maximum sized in goals. Hindmarsh actually is purpose built for soccer - rugby union can't be played there, and rugby league barely squeezes on it. You're so close to the action that it's the envy of the other clubs fans who play on rugby grounds, and that's why Adelaide is the most popular interstate away trip destination for fans in the league.
I'll keep telling myself Hindmarsh just needs a refresh because it's true