Sydney FC has recently informed its Cove members that The SCG Trust has decided to undergo stadium upgrades for Allianz Stadium from Bays 22 to 26. This decision guts The Cove, severely affecting the atmosphere of four key home matches in a season that is already too short. Sports that lack atmosphere struggle to gain television traction, hurting the club and the game financially. The clubs email to members yesterday says that the work will be completed in time for the A-League Finals in March 2015, although it should not take anyone too much of a guess to figure out whom is more convened by this redevelopment scheduling. The Trust has offered a $20 Food and Beverage voucher “as a small measure of sorrow” for members who are forced to relocate. Anyone who has had the pleasure of purchasing food and beverage at Allianz Stadium prices knows the term “sorrow” all too well.
The bottom line is The Cove, Sydney FC supporters and A-League fans need to draw a line in the sand. Whether its installing new turf or ripping it up for concerts and monster truck shows, our game is always getting the short end of the straw. Please do not confuse this as a chest-beating code war piece, it is just a matter of introducing fairness and common sense into the equation. Sydney FC currently average comfortably higher attendances than the Sydney Roosters, whose majority of supporters sit side on to the pitch, as do the NSW Waratahs. Neither of those franchises would be affected anywhere near the degree Sydney FC are. It is irrational and unacceptable.
Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata has fought the clubs corner as he always does, but the clubs hands are tied. Directing your frustrations to the club is a wasteful exercise. The SCG Trust has made this decision. Contact them at the link below, make your voice heard. For Cove members like myself, you bought your season ticket in the knowledge that you are entitled to your seat for the season. Sydney FC and the A-League should not and will not be taken advantage of now or in the future. If we don’t make this clear, then there will be nothing to stop these administrations from doing so again.Google+