London Irish RFC and the Brentford Community Stadium

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I've just checked London Irish crowds in the Premiership.

For their last two seasons at The Avenue (capacity 6,600) in 1997/98 and 98/99, they averaged 3,718 and 4,021. Then in 99/00 at The Stoop (capacity then 8,500) they got 4,370.

Subsequently at the Madejski, they got:
00/01 - 5,920
01/02 - 6,927
02/03 - 9,921
03/04 - 10,657
04/05 - 10,310
05/06 - 8,551
06/07 - 10,394
07/08 - 7,005
08/09 - 11,392
09/10 - 7,965
10/11 - 10,339
11/12 - 10,230
12/13 - 9,471
13/14 - 9,242
14/15 - 7,948
15/16 - 8,749
16/17 - (CHAMPIONSHIP)
17/18 - 7,748
18/19 - (CHAMPIONSHIP)
19/20 - 5,833 (6 x games before Covid Lockdown closed the stadium)

Overall Average for 17 full seasons at the Madejski = 8,986.

It doesn't look as if their crowds were too badly affected by how they were doing on the pitch, which suggests to me that their support is as much "social" as diehard - eg for a Paddy's Day game against average opposition, they might draw 20k fans, ditto if at home on New Years Day.

And it's hard to get "social" for a crappy game amongst 9k fans in a 24k stadium in the middle of a soulless Business Park off the M4. Whereas the BCS is potentially a much better and more accessible stadium, capable of producing a much better atmosphere than the Madejski ever could.

So I'm predicting that (Covid-permitting), they'll attract 12k+ crowds to the BCS, maybe even more while the 'new stadium bump' is operating?

(The above excludes "home" games at Twickenham as part of the "London Double Header" each season, whereby if say 62,000 turned up to watch Irish play Saracens followed by Quins v WASPS's, then 62,000 was added to the "home" average for both Irish and Quins!)

You're spot on Ealing Bee! London Irish is very much about the "social" aspect. Yes a large percentage have genuine interest in rugby but there is a percentage that'll attend solely for that social aspect. LI would have struggled to attract those people to Reading and that will show with increased crowds at LR with them back on board.

Having their games back in London, with the local hospitality around LR, inside the stadium, and good public transport from across the city to LR I think they could easily attract 12k to 15k for their games and I expect they will.

The St Patrick's Day game will most likely sell out as will some of their London derby matches. It's a pity they'll likely miss out on the champions cup as that would of resulted in a few more sell outs.
 

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I think my kid payed only either 5 or 10 pounds to go though. He went - I didn’t !!
 

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No East Stand tickets...?

Really not sure the details mate. My son was going with his mates so I googled how much a ticket was for me. It was too much and I can’t remember what was available but just remember thinking I wasn’t paying it! The screenshots are for next games rather than that one but assume the same or thereabouts. I’m willing to pay 25 absolute tops but rather twenty for a game like that
 

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Really not sure the details mate. My son was going with his mates so I googled how much a ticket was for me. It was too much and I can’t remember what was available but just remember thinking I wasn’t paying it! The screenshots are for next games rather than that one but assume the same or thereabouts. I’m willing to pay 25 absolute tops but rather twenty for a game like that

I deleted that post when I saw the diagrams above!
 

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Really not sure the details mate. My son was going with his mates so I googled how much a ticket was for me. It was too much and I can’t remember what was available but just remember thinking I wasn’t paying it! The screenshots are for next games rather than that one but assume the same or thereabouts. I’m willing to pay 25 absolute tops but rather twenty for a game like that
I suspect rugby fans are more moneyed/middle class than football fans, meaning the club reckoned they could charge plenty - at least for a restricted capacity game, on a blazing summers day, just after everybody has been deprived of their sport and beer for months. WASPS probably brought a few as well.

They might struggle to charge those prices against Sale or Newcastle on a murky November Saturday , when the ground is fully open, but the new stadium novelty has worn off?
 

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Brentford staff beat London Irish staff at Lionel Road on penalties this afternoon and won the Hazelwood Cup
 

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Really not sure the details mate. My son was going with his mates so I googled how much a ticket was for me. It was too much and I can’t remember what was available but just remember thinking I wasn’t paying it! The screenshots are for next games rather than that one but assume the same or thereabouts. I’m willing to pay 25 absolute tops but rather twenty for a game like that

I would have to very much think about £30.

£40-50 takes the p**s. No wonder they struggle for fans.

My opinion is they will attract decent crowds when its all open as "normal". Would imagine the Kew/Richmond/Twickenham area will have loads of casual rugby fans that will go along.
 

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I would have to very much think about £30.

£40-50 takes the p**s. No wonder they struggle for fans.

My opinion is they will attract decent crowds when its all open as "normal". Would imagine the Kew/Richmond/Twickenham area will have loads of casual rugby fans that will go along.
Exactly. £50 is nothing to the rugby set in those places.
 

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I would have to very much think about £30.

£40-50 takes the p**s. No wonder they struggle for fans.

My opinion is they will attract decent crowds when its all open as "normal". Would imagine the Kew/Richmond/Twickenham area will have loads of casual rugby fans that will go along.

Chiswick has a fair few monied rugger types as well.
 

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Chiswick has a fair few monied rugger types as well.
Absolutely. I've noticed that the pubs in Chiswick are often more rammed for big rugby matches (eg 6 Nations) than they are for a football equivalent (eg England Euro Qualifier), even when the rugby is on terrestrial TV.

That's why I think the BCS will be good for London Irish - plenty of rugby fans in Kew, Chiswick, Barnes etc, who will go to games as neutrals/casuals, rather than to support the particular team they follow.
 
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