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"[Stadiums are] too big and open with no atmosphere and that’s what our game thrives on" : Simon Hill
listen to simon hill discuss the league's decrease in attendance
Fox Sports football commentator Simon Hill believes the experience at many A-League games is “pretty depressing” due to the size of the stadiums.
Hill believes the size of many of the league’s stadiums makes it difficult for supporters to create the type of atmosphere the league once had and is a contributing factor to the decrease in attendances.
“Suncorp, ANZ and even Spotless is a pretty depressing experience, they’re too big and open with no atmosphere and that’s what our game thrives on,” Hill said.
Hill says the atmosphere has been “lost due to a myriad of reasons” , one of which being the Western Sydney Wanderers relocating to Spotless Stadium while Pirtek Stadium experiences redevelopments.
“I maintain that two thousand would turn up [tp Pirtek] just for and to be part of the atmosphere,” Hill said.
While Hill believes it is significant active fans and the FFA “get on the same page” he believes Greg O’Rourke is “trying to implement change to get those active groups back.”
“At the time we used a sledge hammer to smash a knot to get rid of a few idiots,
“But we need that unique football atmosphere because when you get that back people will come,” Hill said.
Fox Sports commentators Simon Hill, Adam Peacock and head of the A-League Greg O’Rourke appeared on the Around the Bloc's State of the Game podcast which aired on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to the around the bloc's state of the game special here