So the AFL has decided that it just might need a new stadium in Melbourne to accommodate the two new expansion teams when they arrive. What a pity they spent so much time shit-canning Princes Park back when they were desperate for extra tenants at the Telstra Dome.
It seems to me that Princes Park perfectly fits the description of a ’boutique stadium’ that could hold a smaller number of games than Docklands and the MCG and I have no doubt that it would cost far less to put light towers up there rather than building an entirely new stadium on another site. I suspect, however, that having spent so much energy disparaging Princes Park in the past, the AFL won’t seriously even consider returning to this suburban ground.
So it’s time for Victorian taxpayers to subsidise the AFL yet again. The chances of the AFL actually paying for a new stadium are close to zero, they won’t pay for the land, they’ll get any number of Government grants to help fund the construction and then, no doubt, force a team or two to relocate so that the ground has a bit of a crowd turn up. Don’t forget that these two expansion teams are to be based in New South Wales and Queensland, meaning that Victoria will be subsidising other states purely for the economic benefit of the AFL.
I guess that the State Government figures that more footy is a cheaper way to shut people up than building adequate infrastructure.