Ian wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:49 pm
What has baffled me from the start about the new t20 is who is going to watch it? The ecb claim it's to bring new people to the game.
It won't be part of county membership as its not a Glamorgan game, so grumpy old gits like me won't be going.
In mid summer, on a balmy Friday night, the club staff work their guts out to get the Swalec half full ( and there's many freebies), 6-7,000? Who will come along new that isn't attending already? And there's not a chance that people will travel from Gloucestershire or Somerset - and I don't blame them.
This has been my concern all along, and I haven't seen it adequately answered.
As you say, very few people will travel. I would think that the overwhelming majority of people who attend Blast matches, and domestic sport in general, live in the town/city where it is being played.
There was recently a survey of average numbers of away fans in the football Championship, and even the very highest averaged around 3,000. That's in a sport where clubs attract 20,000+ dedicated home fans regularly and travel to support is an embedded part of the sport's culture.
When it comes to the Blast, in my experience, a large proportion of attendees are what would be defined as 'supporters' of the club. Take them away and that just leaves the 'night out' crowd.
If as you say, Glamorgan have to work hard to get 7,000 in for a Blast game, who are these thousands of people who will come to these matches?