The stadium effect

Clubs hope that a move to a new stadium will be give them a boost on and off the pitch.  Fans may be sorry to say goodbye to the old stadium and its facilities, but soon get used to the new stadium and its better facilities.  

With a bigger revenue stream, the club is able to build the team.   Against that, the capital costs of the new stadium can reduce the funds available for the team, as at Arsenal.

Clubs hope that a move to a new stadium will be give them a boost on and off the pitch.  Fans may be sorry to say goodbye to the old stadium and its facilities, but soon get used to the new stadium and its better facilities.  

With a bigger revenue stream, the club is able to build the team.   Against that, the capital costs of the new stadium can reduce the funds available for the team, as at Arsenal.

West Ham’s move to the former Olympic Stadium has seen poor performances on the pitch and trouble off it.   Paul Breen has written an interesting contribution to the debate about what has gone wrong.

He points to a lack of heritage, identity and sense of belonging,   However, he also points out that West Ham is trying to appeal to a whole new demographic.   The traditional East End, whatever that was, is no longer there and the club hopes that fast trains to Stratford will bring in new supporters from Kent.

In the long run, Breen thinks that West Ham can make a success of it.

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