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21 hours ago, auntie doris said:

Attendances haven't changed much at the Shabbey since 2012. I noticed the year before that in 2011 crowds were down. Probably a combination of finishing stone bottom and Leigh Adams retiring.

Last year apart from Poole do you recon the average gate was between 11/1300?In Leigh's later years i recon the average gate was between 13/1600 since his retirement i recon we have lost between 2/300 fans.

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9 hours ago, Sidney the robin said:

Last year apart from Poole do you recon the average gate was between 11/1300?In Leigh's later years i recon the average gate was between 13/1600 since his retirement i recon we have lost between 2/300 fans.

Can't be far off Sid. There were a few big crowds when we were champions 2017..2500-3000 plus. They said 3200 for the Lynn match, and that doesn't include a few hundred guests, sponsors, volunteers, freeloaders, ne'er do wells ! etc., It seemed 2004-10 there were much bigger crowds when Leigh was riding. Certainly for the 2007 and 2009 Grand Finals, the club gave figures of 5000 plus, but the 2012 and 2017 finals were about half that.. Can remember Gary Patchett saying they had 2700 for the 2012 Final win against Poole, which he said was the same as the league match that year!

Wolves brought very few fans in 2017 compared to hundreds in 2009.

When Darcy rode for a while the crowds picked up.I remember the big crowds for the Bob Kilby Memorial meetings, World Team Cup, and Leigh Adams Farewell meeting. The cost of admission seemed to increase every year, but the standard decreased with fans staying away.

If the new stadium and track was in place there would be far more there this season.

With the cost of admission as well now can't really see crowds increasing, especially looking at the top div team strengths now compared to pre 2010.

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2 hours ago, auntie doris said:

If the new stadium and track was in place there would be far more there this season.

Of course, there will be a new stadium with a new shorter track ready to offer better racing - won't there? Rosco would not in his new guise of Mr Rock Steady let anyone down I am sure.

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Diggers digging out the shale on bends 1&2 today, picture on Swindon Stadium in the News and Discussion section and on twitter.

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Not sure the work on the track changes the new stadium position one iota.

Internal work within the existing stadium doesn't prove Gaming International's commitment to build anything.

 

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On 3/14/2019 at 10:10 AM, Sidney the robin said:

Last year apart from Poole do you recon the average gate was between 11/1300?In Leigh's later years i recon the average gate was between 13/1600 since his retirement i recon we have lost between 2/300 fans.

I think speedway in general has been hit by a perfect storm of issues since 2007.

Austerity, top riders either retiring or disappearing and older supporters dying off.

Add in the general decline of most of the stadiums that puts off new supporters.

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Yes great news on the Swindon website confirming the track work.:t:

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just shortening the track so more houses can be built on bends 1/2 and car park !! where is the pre-built new grandstand ? shortening track = shortening life at the abbey sadly !!

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5 minutes ago, geoff58 said:

just shortening the track so more houses can be built on bends 1/2 and car park !! where is the pre-built new grandstand ? shortening track = shortening life at the abbey sadly !!

Several years ago they were advertising season tickets with "you'll be able to watch the second half of the season from the new stand."

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9 minutes ago, foamfence said:

Several years ago they were advertising season tickets with "you'll be able to watch the second half of the season from the new stand."

I don't recall season tickets ever being advertised on the back of a new stadium being in place. Lots of fictional facts being thrown about at the moment, so perhaps I missed this originally

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34 minutes ago, Reliant Robin said:

I don't recall season tickets ever being advertised on the back of a new stadium being in place. Lots of fictional facts being thrown about at the moment, so perhaps I missed this originally

You obviously did.

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24 minutes ago, foamfence said:

You obviously did.

I'm not so sure I did.

I recall lots of quotes and talk on the build up to the 'Farewell Meeting' at which point season tickets for the following season were not on sale. I then recall not long after that Farewell Meeting, still prior to any season tickets being on sale, it becoming public that it wouldn't happen for the 2016 Season.

So at what point since are they mean to have said, and I quote, "you'll be able to watch the second half of the season from the new stand."? On the build up to a different season?

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58 minutes ago, Reliant Robin said:

I don't recall season tickets ever being advertised on the back of a new stadium being in place. Lots of fictional facts being thrown about at the moment, so perhaps I missed this originally

ask rosco & russell where in wales is the pre-built new grandstand ? they said its in storage just waiting for old one to knocked down ? and who is paying the storage costs ?? leave it at that !!

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3 minutes ago, geoff58 said:

ask rosco & russell where in wales is the pre-built new grandstand ? they said its in storage just waiting for old one to knocked down ? and who is paying the storage costs ?? leave it at that !!

Do you mean here

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15898083.work-on-new-stadium-could-be-underway-by-may/

or here

http://www.swindon-speedway.com/news.php?extend.2871

Think most of what you quote has again come from the Stadium owners rather than Rosco & Russell. They have passed on info as told in the past which has proved incorrect and have since not made mention of the stadium, just the track alterations.

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