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  1. Happy Hunter

    Corona virus

    If you live in Oz you can have a day trip out - https://www.qantas.com/au/en/promotions/great-southern-land.html?int_cam=au%3Aen%3Apromotion%3Ann%3Aen%3Ann#flight-information
  2. Happy Hunter

    Corona virus

    See also https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/sport/were-down-already-and-they-keep-kicking-us-british-speedway-fears-for-future/ Perhaps we should start a separate thread about this e.g. Rob Godfrey blows his top!
  3. Happy Hunter

    Behind closed doors?

    A streamed meeting! Whatever next! https://www.speedwaygb.co.uk/news.php?extend.38333
  4. Happy Hunter

    Corona virus

    Take an umbrella or waterproofs!
  5. Happy Hunter

    Corona virus

    Extract from report on BBC website:- Small numbers of supporters will be able to watch outdoor sports, provided social distancing measures are followed. Read into that what you will!
  6. Happy Hunter

    Behind closed doors?

    I think you are right that the opportunity is passed. The sad thing is that, as far as I can see, no one even bothered to do the sums to find out if my original suggestions were feasible. Like you I have no idea what it costs to put a meeting on but Philip's figures suggested that there is an audience for live speedway and even old meetings can get nearly 3k viewers.
  7. Happy Hunter

    Behind closed doors?

    Just for the record. 3.8k people watched Birmingham v Peterborough last night.
  8. Happy Hunter

    Behind closed doors?

    According to the BBC ( Guernsey cricket stages first game of summer in British Isles - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/52861230 ) a live stream of a cricket match in Guernsey attracted over 80,000 YouTube viewers.
  9. Happy Hunter

    Behind closed doors?

    Could start behind closed doors on Monday.
  10. According to the BBC Sport website today the Government has announced that no professional sport, even behind closed doors, will be staged in England until 1 June at the earliest. The government has published a 50-page guidance document detailing how England will begin to ease lockdown measures. Step two of that plan - which will not be allowed to start before 1 June - includes "permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact. The document states that reopening venues that attract large crowds, such as sports grounds, "may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections". It seems to me, therefore, that a resumption of speedway with crowds is unlikely for some considerable time, possibly not at all the season so I am putting these basic suggestions forward to see if our combined brains can come up with a way for speedway to restart. I am quite happy for the suggestions to be pulled apart and perhaps ridiculed as long as, between us, we can come up with something sensible. First I think that Speedway is a sport that can be held behind closed doors and that the necessary social distancing measurers can be put in place to protect riders, mechanics, officials etc. Even Rob Godfrey concedes this. The big question is where is the money going to come from to pay for this. Unlike most major spectator sports speedway relies mainly on income from spectators and sponsors. Assuming that the sponsors continue to sponsor then we would have to set up a system for televising meetings and asking fans to pay to watch on T.V. I think that all tracks have a firm that records meetings and sells the subsequent DVDs to fans. Could these companies do live streaming via YouTube or, if not, show an edited version a day or two later on YouTube? I would be quite willing to pay what I normally pay to watch live. To make things easier could we take a leaf out of football’s book and only use a few tracks that are owned by promoters like Scunthorpe, Redcar and Somerset or are on long leases like Leicester and Plymouth and who do not have too many restrictions on the number of meetings that can be held or which host other sports. All meetings could be held on these ‘neutral’ tracks with the proviso that no team races on its home track. If a recording system is used then several meetings could be held each day during daylight hours at each track thus reducing costs. Football for example is talking about holding three televised matches a day behind closed doors. Over to you!
  11. Happy Hunter

    After this Lockdown and beyond

    Bang on. What a brilliant piece of promotion as well as helping the NHS!
  12. Happy Hunter

    After this Lockdown and beyond

    The PM today talked about wearing face masks when we go out. Is some entrepreneur already making them in team colours and with logos?
  13. Happy Hunter


    Tesco's and Sainsbury's are rushed off their feet. Punters need something to read whilst queuing to pay!
  14. Happy Hunter

    Rye House 2020

    Several of the tracks I have been to have limited undercover seating so I take my own lightweight fold up seat and, if it looks like raining, some waterproofs. Simples!
  15. Happy Hunter

    Leicester Lions 2020

    There are still quite a number of people around now who were around at the time the stadium was constructed, including the current press officer.

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