“Atmosphere is absolutely critical,” he tells Goal.
“What we work very, very hard doing now and what we’ve always spent a lot of time looking at is how do you get that intensity of experience when you’re actually there.
“What you really want is a continuous [seating] bowl. You want the seating bowl to wrap all the way around, you want to try and capture the atmosphere, the noise, the activity of the crowd.
“As soon as you start having gaps or breaks in the seating bowl, that’s when the atmosphere escapes.
Music to the ears of the discerning A-League fan. Playing in empty, soulless stadia in Australia negates on of the league’s biggest selling point: the atmosphere.
Key to attracting more people to the sport is to make them feel like they are missing out on a unique sporting experience they won’t get anywhere else. Build 15,000 – 30,000 seat stadiums and let the game grow from there.