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Sharks on the hunt for Super Rugby coach


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Jul 2019 at 13:06

With the Sharks confirming earlier this week that head coach Robert du Preez has decided to part ways with the union, finding a new head coach for Super Rugby in 2020 must surely be new CEO Eduard Coetzee’s most pressing priority.

Over the course of his five-year tenure, du Preez achieved a fair bit of success, but few could argue that his approach or run of results ever really won over the hearts and minds of the Kings Park faithful. With the Sharks regularly tipped as favourites to go all the way in Super Rugby, many of the rugby betting pundits would have lost money along the way as the start-studded squad regularly failed to live up to expectations under du Preez’s leadership.

As a big-name team, it is inevitable that a number of high-profile coaches from outside of the province will come up in conversation. Coetzee, however, has already emphasised that he will consider cultural fit as a pre-requisite for the position. The likes of Rory Duncan, former Cheetahs Director of Rugby, could come into the equation due to his Durban roots. He’s already been linked with the Kings job, though and has nothing more than a tenuous link to the Sharks, having spent his entire senior career elsewhere.

A more likely candidate could be Dick Muir; he showed a willingness to get back in to the scene a year or two back, but left the Sharks after just one campaign after clashing with du Preez.  Muir’s credentials cannot be questioned and what’s more, with the Sharks facing a slew of senior player departures, he could be just the man to nurture a young squad through the inevitable rebuilding phase to come.

JP Pietersen, a Muir protégé, has returned to Durban, with an eye to moving into coaching in the not-too-distant future.  Could he form part of a dynamic, “Sharks local” coaching team together with the man who discovered him all those years ago?

One other claim that cannot be overlooked is that of current Currie Cup coach Sean Everitt. There can be no more deserving name to be put into the hat and despite a lack of top level experience, the likeable Dundonian has served his time at the union and has a great record when it comes to player relations and talent development. Whilst perhaps not quite ready for a head coach role at this level yet, Everitt must certainly be in the mix as part of the coaching structure for 2020.



72 Comments

  • Good to be back! Good old days

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.19 13:38:55 by catfish Reply
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  • Good to see that avatar again!

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.07.19 19:52:26 by Karl Reply

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  • Welcome back!! How about we put our hat in the ring? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.07.19 22:36:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • you guys are all very kind but I’m not back. This is really a one-off.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.19 06:25:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : We’ll see :razz:

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.19 07:47:22 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Id be surprised to see the Sharks appoint someone outside of the current CC coaching team for Super rugby next year. Its not like the Sharks are rolling in the cash so options are limited.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.19 07:55:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I am all for someone local being given a chance because we don’t have the budget for a top level coach at this stage. I would suggest a shorter contract though so we don’t get stuck with four years of poor to mediocre results.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.07.19 08:18:38 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : My main question is also what Easter’s plan is – previously he used to be more of a breakdown consultant. Now he would need to take responsibility for all the set pieces too

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.07.19 11:21:45 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : Easter is just gaining experience, will be out of here as soon as a European coaching gig becomes available which is possible after the world cup.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.07.19 11:23:38 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : So getting a decent forwards coach may be more urgent than a head coach

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.07.19 11:31:31 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : I would agree with that, yes

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.07.19 11:38:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : Not exactly rolling in cash but at least a bit better off now that they have received a record transfer fee of R1,8+ million from Sale for the twins. So they will have that as well as saving on their salary for next year. They do have to pay Rob senior out (so far an undisclosed amount). I read that senior may also be on his way to Sale.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.07.19 12:17:50 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 12) : Sharks will hopefully use that cash to get out some debt etc. Cant see RDPSnr and Steve Diamond getting on, perhaps they lining up RDP Snr to replace him, which I wouldn’t. Will be interesting to see how the SA unions adopt the new contracting model

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.07.19 12:24:06 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 12) : That is fantastic! I didn’t know we even got paid for them though it may have been a sort of quid pro quo for Snr. leaving

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.07.19 15:46:50 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • Can see Muir and Everitt combining well with Easter just wondering how roles will be divided. Also who will look after backline and kicking after Braam left. Maybe JP in future? But for two years till then? Maybe we should see what Monty’s doing these days….

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.07.19 15:47:24 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 15) : Or Honiball or Andre Joubert.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.07.19 15:49:31 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : Farming and Selling Printers that’s what they doing…

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.07.19 16:03:24 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 15) : Backline covered – Williams and Everitt.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.07.19 16:25:46 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Is that an important part of a Sharks coach’s qualification – that he played for the Sharks at some point?

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.07.19 16:26:30 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 19) : Apparently…. :grin: :lol: Just name one Sharks coach in the professional era that didn’t play for the Sharks or were involved with the Sharks in some way previously before becoming coach. :mrgreen: :twisted: Rudi’s the only one I know of.

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.07.19 17:31:25 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 20) : Gary Gold.

    I do recall Jake having a brief involvement with the Sharks in the early 2000′s.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.07.19 17:39:59 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 21) : Right, and I think one of the big selling points for du Preez was that he understood the Sharks culture while Gold didn’t. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.07.19 18:14:07 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 22) : yep, then it turned out the players viewed Rob the same way the lions players viewed Mitchell a few years ago, though mitchell seem to find a good balance at the bulls as the played loved him, yet the current bulls coach actually produced better results this SR season, and yet I can’t remember his name lol, Pete human?

    Side note:

    Rapport revealed on Sunday that Sale paid the Durban-franchise £105 000 – in the region R1.83 million – for a permanent transfer of the twins

    We do need to run our union/franchise in a fiscally responsible manner before we end up like Western Problems

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.07.19 19:07:53 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 23) : Apparently that was per transfer, not just a single player. See that akker and coenie also on their way with the twins and the worst mustache in the fly half channel

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.07.19 20:15:56 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 22) : I guess Jake White did not spend enough time at the Sharks either – Sharks culture also did not agree with him

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.07.19 21:02:18 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 23) : Pote Human is probably the most underrated coach in SA. He has been doing it for years at the Bulls, and they are more often competitive than not under him. Not saying he is the best coach, but many, like you, barely recognize him, or know he is the head coach.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.07.19 23:17:29 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 25) : My posts were mostly intended to be somewhat humorous, however, the fact the players had the power to have a RWC winning coach removed is just proof Jake White was right and there needed to be a swing of the power pendulum from the players back to coaching/management. It’s all well and good for the Durban boys to talk about how much they love their surf, but these are professional rugby players, not surfers…..priorities.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.07.19 23:22:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • It has been 4years or more since I last commented on here. Been reading every article. If we had a wishlist who would we want as coach? Dick Muir really not one that would make me excited. We had good coaches like Jake and Plumtree. Just my 5cents.

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.07.19 23:35:40 by DBOY Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) : Pote has done the hard yards, and he does seem to fit in well in the Bull culture :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.07.19 07:43:15 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 27) : I gathered as much :lol:

    The blame should be laid at the feet of the suits who thought it would be a good idea to demolish the Sharks structures and appoint a totally inexperienced John Smit as the CEO of the Sharks.

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.07.19 07:45:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • My honest feeling is that we cant throw the chequebook at a high profile coach because the union just doesn’t have the money and also there is zero guarantee that he will actually make a difference. For me the major problem with the Sharks is our catching and passing…we make so many errors that we don’t transfer pressure onto opposition and allow them to counter off our mistakes, we then realise this and then revert to 10 man rugby. Catching and passing accurately on the move should be the singular main focus of any coach at the Sharks. That and set pieces. Get that right and trust me the rest will start to fall into place even the defence as we will be putting attacking pressure on teams and forcing them to try things on attack which could lead to mistakes. Its the first thing you learn in rugby, how to catch and pass, yet these professionals are struggling with it.

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.07.19 08:20:51 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 31) : Agree 100%

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.07.19 08:32:18 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 31) : My opinion is the opposite. A great coach can make most players great even ones that look kind of average or inexperienced at the moment. This is what we have an abundance of and it’s not changing soon. We also need the culture of guys that mature with each other instead if our hired gun route which hasn’t had the best results. So with what we have and what we want to achieve I say splurge on coach a bit and maybe hold off on mercenaries a bit.

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.07.19 08:55:32 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 33) : The problem is firstly the Union doesn’t have the cash, trust me they are more cash strapped than we know. Its not of WP proportions yet but not that far off. Second we have had coaches that have been very successful elsewhere but not in Durban so there is absolutely no guarantee of success even with the best coach money can buy. Change the attitudes and skills base first, and that’s not an easy thing to do.
    But going with your theory, who is a great coach you would throw money at? (Please don’t say John Mitchell :| )

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.07.19 09:18:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 34) : I doubt Michel would get get much of a different result since he is quite an autocrat himself. They will follow orders but won’t retain individual thought and creativity because of a constrained environment. Which in my personal opinion is what I think happened with Rob. This is why we kept seeing two different teams. One where the pressure was relieved when things (including the opposition) went as expected. And one where they fell apart with no ability to adapt to on field because they don’t get to think explore question and understand.

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.07.19 10:04:44 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 35) : For my money Jake is a good blend of tough boss blended with the right amount of mentor, developer. If we could get Ackerman I think he would work well. Everitt may not be ready now, but keep giving him rope and he will be soon. I do think he needs to understudy someone who has already mastered the role since he needs a mentor too. Some would say Stonehouse but really how much more experience does he have at SR than Everitt? We saw how cc coaches fare without any senior leadership mentoring into SR. A risk. Dick Muir ticks many boxes but people think he isn’t exciting enough. A combo of his experience with Everitt and Williams innovation could produce a balance. If I had money I would use Dick with the existing or Bring in McIntosh with Everitt and co as a mentor to coaches and head coach for next 2 – 3 till Everitt and Williams can both move up a level.

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.07.19 10:13:24 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 36) : I still feel we fall short if a dedicated forward coach though. Maybe Muir Everitt Williams and use some spare cash for a specialist coach

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.07.19 10:27:57 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 37) : That too me is the biggest problem. Easter is really still learning the ropes. He started as a breakdown consultant of sorts and now ended up as forwards coach. So at least the Sharks should organize some specialist to assist him.

    I do think it is a great idea to bring in these foreign coaches – even the ones in training. I actually think SA would do well to do the same with players wanting to coach. Let them learn in an environment where they just another coach – not an ex-player with a special status.

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.07.19 10:33:35 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 37) : Dick Muir doesn’t have too much of a proven track record but fair enough. Think we do need to try retain Nick Easter though, he was a clever and uncompromising player and he can impart some of that to our guys id be happy if he stuck around. So for me Everitt, Williams and Easter…and maybe Muir as mentor or attack consultant which he may like more than the main gig.

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.07.19 10:36:19 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 33) : Get hold of last weeks Rapport, there is a long interview there of Eduard Coetzee, incoming Sharks chief honcho, it should please you. Briefly it says that we already have the exceptional players in our junior ranks that when brought through are going to be the business. He is judging this on the under 19s of last year that went the season unbeaten and are now mostly playing under 21 rugby and not really taking a step back to anyone. Seems as if Teich’s vision for our future was to invest in junior rugby at the cost of yearly big name purchases while getting the Sharks finances back on track.

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.07.19 11:15:50 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 39) : Well Ian Mac could also be an option instead of Muir. We must however not just throw in Everitt as head and not mentor him.

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.07.19 12:45:02 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 41) : I wouldn’t mind a coach with Macs experience coaching coaches. And maybe we could get a good ex forward to help.

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.07.19 12:49:22 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 41) : Ian Mac isn’t the youngest chap anymore. So whilst he definitely can consult on an ad-hoc basis I doubt he would be able to sustain anything fulltime.

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.07.19 12:49:51 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Kyle Cooper and his boet saving a real shark:

    https://web.facebook.com/shane.cooper.125760/videos/2063461193956797/

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.07.19 14:22:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Anyone know if Curwin Bosch sighned with the Sharks or was there truth in WP sighning him? I see Smith leaving us for the Cheetahs. Its a pity, but to be honest he willget much more game time at the Cheaters.
    Oh and heard a rumour of Ox Nche joining us? Will Beast finish this year and going overseas or is hy staying? Anyone with a bit more info please do share, thanks.

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.07.19 22:36:14 by DBOY Reply

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  • @DBOY (Comment 45) : I cant see the Beast heading overseas. Don’t think he will retire…wonder if he thinks he can make the Lions tour? As for Ox think that’s just rumours. Bosch will be number 1 flyhalf going forward so cant see him leaving

  • Comment 46, posted at 24.07.19 08:00:47 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : At WP Bosch will have to compete with local favourite Willemse, du Plessis, Stander, Lleyds and Marais.

  • Comment 47, posted at 24.07.19 08:12:43 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 47) : Yeh wouldn’t make sense for him to go there

  • Comment 48, posted at 24.07.19 08:21:40 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I see Eduard Coetzee has planned to revamp KP to try and attract more supporters. Does anyone know what exactly the plan is? Surely it would be more cost effective to move across the road?

  • Comment 49, posted at 24.07.19 16:14:43 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 49) : Waste of money doing whatever he is doing. The appeal to watch live team sport is fading quickly in this country. Take rugby, cricket, soccer all the same. Fact is people no longer have the disposable income that they used to, and the product offered by Supersport is very good. Live sporting venues need to greatly reduce in size in order to operate cost effectively.

  • Comment 50, posted at 24.07.19 16:23:43 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 50) : Unless they start to incorporate some sort of incentive scheme (like Discovery’s Vitality) where you get rewards for attending a certain number of matches. Say, a discount on your DSTV subs. The ‘Muricans have decent stadium entertainment from what I’ve seen. The Seattle Mariners have a “beat the freeze race” etc. Then they have those t-shirt bazookas. The Sharks need to think outside the box and revolutionise the experience of going to the stadium to reap any real rewards.

  • Comment 51, posted at 24.07.19 18:20:11 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 51) : Taking the American example and even the UK one, yes stadium attendance is good BUT I know with the UK and I have a feeling its same in USA that where the game is being played there is like a 50-100km tv blackout of event so people forced to go watch. Think the bars around the stadiums are allowed to show the game but that’s it.

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.07.19 10:18:44 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 50) : That seems to be the case

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.07.19 10:35:17 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 50) : @Karl (Comment 51) : Both excellent arguments. I’ve got to admit I haven’t been to the stadium in 12 months because:
    1. I can’t get a crowd to come with me and therefore I’m always designated driver, which sucks
    2. The tickets are priced fine but its the additional costs that get out of hand
    3. The match day experience is exactly the same (actually a little worse due to the performances) as what they were when I was a kid.

    The Green Bay Packers have allegedly sold out their stadium for every game since the 80′s. Whether that is true or not I don’t know but they obviously have a good attendance so what is it they they are doing right? Perhaps the Sharks marketing team needs to take a road trim to the states, the premiership teams in UK and Europe and find out what makes the supporters keep coming back.

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.07.19 12:24:52 by Hulk Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 52) : Damn, that’s crazy

  • Comment 55, posted at 25.07.19 12:25:45 by Hulk Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 50) : And even if you need to spend on a physical venue, I doubt the return on investment in KP will match that of MM. I wonder who did the business case here, if one was properly investigated.

  • Comment 56, posted at 25.07.19 13:47:03 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 56) : Sharks would not get direct ROI from MM as they don’t own it. Is there not some issue with MM and the lack of suites?

  • Comment 57, posted at 25.07.19 14:48:07 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 57) : Most of the suites at KP stand empty on match day anyway. Think the issue with moving across is the ownership and associated costs of leasing the new facility. Just moving across the road will probably increase stadium numbers slightly initially but wont be sustainable unless something substantial changes.

  • Comment 58, posted at 25.07.19 15:57:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 54) : Taken from the Packers’ wiki page

    Expanded seven times before the end of the 1990s, Lambeau Field capacity reached 60,890. In 2003, it was extensively renovated to expand seating, modernize stadium facilities, and add an atrium area. Even with a current seating capacity of 72,928, ticket demand far outpaces supply, as all Packers games have been sold out since 1960. About 86,000 names are on the waiting list for season tickets.

    Wow, those are crazy numbers!

  • Comment 59, posted at 25.07.19 18:15:17 by Karl Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 52) : TV blackouts haven’t been effective nor used in the US for over a decade. With the availability of both satellite and live streaming TV blackouts went out the window. Every cable package in the US includes a package option to see ever NFL game (viewer’s choice) regardless of location. Bottom line is that attending an NFL game in person is a pretty amazing experience, and people like in @Karl (Comment 59) : Green Bay would rather wait a lifetime on the waiting list to watch a game in -20 degree temperatures than sit at home in their warm cozy homes and watch the game on the big screen.

  • Comment 60, posted at 25.07.19 19:02:12 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 60) : Is that the kind of lunatics they are, or is there something drawing them to the games? I watched a short YouTube clip of the game day experience, and all j see is fanatical fans everywhere, nothing really in the way of extraordinary entertainment

  • Comment 61, posted at 25.07.19 19:43:33 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 61) : Fanatical fans….that’s pretty much it. Green Bay is interesting, it is a small town, only the fourth biggest metropolitan area in the state of Wisconsin, and neither of the three larger ones (Milwaukee, Madison, and Oshkosh) have an NFL team, so people come from all over the state to watch the games, sometimes traveling more than 4 hours each way.

  • Comment 62, posted at 25.07.19 20:28:47 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 62) : Wow! Commitment!

  • Comment 63, posted at 25.07.19 22:34:06 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 63) : Even more amazing, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Ice Hockey, etc, are not even close to the biggest draw for live sports entertainment in the US. The numbers that turn out for an entire weekend of NASCAR racing (Friday Night, Saturday, and Sunday) is truly staggering. With track attendance capacities in the 150000 to 200000 range, getting over 1/2 million attendees over a weekend is not unheard of. This year I think they have seen an attendance drop off, but still plenty people willing to dedicate an entire weekend and a lot of money to attend those events.

  • Comment 64, posted at 25.07.19 23:10:24 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Karl (Comment 63) : @SheldonK (Comment 52) : The other thing with American Football is the NFL stadiums generally have around 50000 to 60000 capacity, while college/university football stadiums are much larger with some topping 100000 capacity. And universities with 40000 students are still somehow more than doubling their student base at every home game. It seems each Football game is good to draw around 60000 people, and colleges can supplement that with their students. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 65, posted at 25.07.19 23:16:51 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 62) : So if it’s fanatical fans that keeps Green bay packed? What are they doing right because last time I checked they haven’t won anything of significance in a long time.
    So what keeps these fans fanatical?

  • Comment 66, posted at 26.07.19 07:10:02 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 60) : Interesting, I know the UK has had success with tv blackouts in terms of stadium attendance. But it is also easier to get to stadiums with the public transport availability in the UK and then obviously the States too. Seems there is just a culture of wanting to attend live events, especially in the States. The opposite is true in SA where live events of any nature are poorly attended, the Cape Town 7s being the exception it seems.

  • Comment 67, posted at 26.07.19 08:14:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 66) : So I have my theory, and it has to do with a mental illness caused by the ridiculously cold temperatures in that part of the world, I think their brains are frozen, and they have nothing better to do than support their football team in the cold months. :grin: :mrgreen: :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 68, posted at 26.07.19 15:43:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 67) : Not sure what it is in the US, people do make sporting events an all day thing, with tailgating (braais) before the games, which are massive events. Almost everyone arrives 3 hours before kickoff and make the parking lots into a giant block party, often with impromptu bands, lots of beer and braais, but it is all done by the fans, nothing planned by the football team. Then everyone hits the pubs after. Also football is so stop/start, there is so much down time, that people are using that time to just have a good time in the stadium. Believe me there is far less off the extra activities you see at SA sporting events. Unheard of to have a hot tub in a stadium in the US. Just some bars and food/beer stands.

    Also, still not sure how TV blackouts work in the UK anymore with pretty much every sporting event now being live.streamed. I do think that people in the US just enjoy live events more.

  • Comment 69, posted at 26.07.19 15:48:38 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 68) : The one thing I cannot get is how fans can live with all the ads screened in between plays.

    I got invited by a Yank to watch the Super Bowl at his house, and he actually seemed to enjoy the advertising. It seems US commerce have managed brainwashed an entire nation into accepting and even enjoying adverts in the middle of games.

  • Comment 70, posted at 26.07.19 16:07:04 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 70) : Superbowl advertising is insane, a game within the game itself. Personally I haven’t watched a Superbowl in well over a decade.

  • Comment 71, posted at 26.07.19 17:37:01 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 70) : Superbowl is a different kettle of fish! When I was over there, the host family threw a non-superbowl party for the ones who didn’t want to watch.

  • Comment 72, posted at 26.07.19 19:56:41 by Karl Reply

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