hi i'm new
just to correct you......it's not english sports it's pro sports. which is a shame cos croke park is one of the best stadiums in europe...
it's the same with twickenham...arsenal and spurs played an F.A cup semi 300 miles away from london in manchester(old trafford) because playing football at the home of rugby " wasn't right"..stupid really
There is more to it with Twickenham than that. I know its popular to consider organisations such as the RFU dinosaurs or old farts etc but it doesnt hold water in my view. There are some very good reasons why football is unlikely to ever be played there.
1. the pitch. It would have to be relaid, I think, to stage football as its a rugby pitch but that could be done, though a bit messy for just a one-off match. A bigger worry, if it was to be used regularly, is the state of the pitch. This is a very big problem in roofed stadiums in Europe, so far unresolved. The millennium stadium is constantly relaying their pitch, which is still never good. Man United spend a massive £1m on a special pitch only to dig it up a few months later. Wembley´s idea may be the solution but so far this is a massive problem.
2. the police. Unlikely to be a long-term problem but as the police require a major match-day plan for all football venues it would probably be very expensive for just a one-off match. They need to know the area and how to seggregate the stadium for which it may not even be fit.
3. The council. there are limits to the number of matches that can be staged (as there will be at new Wembley, Emirates etc and already is at Stamford Bridge and probably most other venues. The council will have no problem allowing a tsunami-match but is likely to take a very different view of regular football.
4. The residents.the most important issue. they certainly dont want football and as can be seen from the expansion plans, the RFU care very much about how they are seen in their area.
Much emphasis has been on the design fitting the area and locals will get first-right to a percentage of tickets.The expansion will include a hotel and similar facilities providing 80 full time jobs but will also include facilities for the performing arts including for instance a children´s Shakespeare society and local concert and operatic societies which have praised it as excellent news following the council´s abandonment of another planned arts center.
In other words, the RFU seem to be financing considerable local non-rugby cultural projects, usually done by councils, which to me is impressive and rare in sports where its usually the other way round.
Is it really so stupid that the RFU want to make their fantastic stadium a part of the community? A place where probably thousands will pass through on most of the 355 non-match days and consider a real asset to the area. A place where match-day traffic gridlock is met with understanding.
Should the RFU forget all that and start a typical hate relationship with the council and residents, just to please football or to get a bit of quick cheap cash. why?
The RFU finances are the envy of world rugby. They dont need that. They are well-run and their approach to this is impressive. Its more a vision of the future of relationships between stadiums and its surroundings than it is stupid acts by dinosaurs.