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14 minutes ago, MCMC1875 said:

No, replying to @Miller11, I said the stand can be redeveloped, like Liverpool and Man Utd did, without displacing more fans.

Unless you were able to build the whole thing during the off-season I don’t see how you could just build over and then dismantle from underneath - no roof for a considerable period. It certainly wouldn’t be much of a redesign.

Jack saw fit to close the DE stand during the season while it was rebuilt. It comes down to lack of trust in the current administration and their motives.

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20 minutes ago, Stuart said:

Unless you were able to build the whole thing during the off-season I don’t see how you could just build over and then dismantle from underneath - no roof for a considerable period. It certainly wouldn’t be much of a redesign.

Jack saw fit to close the DE stand during the season while it was rebuilt. It comes down to lack of trust in the current administration and their motives.

It comes down to who is contracted to design and build the structute eg Mather & Platt or some tuppeny halfpenny Venky outfit. Any new roof would be higher than the existing one, therefore you could build behind and over.

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55 minutes ago, MCMC1875 said:

It comes down to who is contracted to design and build the structute eg Mather & Platt or some tuppeny halfpenny Venky outfit. Any new roof would be higher than the existing one, therefore you could build behind and over.

But that sounds like more of the same. There is an opportunity to develop the stand, not simply replace old wood and steel for new.

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Just now, Stuart said:

But that sounds like more of the same. There is an opportunity to develop the stand, not simply replace old wood and steel for new.

The new main stand at Anfield wasn't more of the same nor were the extensions to Old Trafford. Where's the wood in the Riverside?

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Just now, MCMC1875 said:

The new main stand at Anfield wasn't more of the same nor were the extensions to Old Trafford. Where's the wood in the Riverside?

A turn of phrase.

Look, I’m not looking to pick a fight. We are on the same side but if Jack has demolished the RS and rebuilt it people would still have grumbled but it would have got done.

Stands are a very emotive thing - especially for those directly affected - but the RS needs updating sooner rather than later. While we have loads of empty seats it would make sense to start from scratch rather than build around it - especially if there was a hotel attached.

If people have concerns about a different agenda from the administration then that’s a whole different conversation.

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6 hours ago, Miller11 said:

On the topic of stand closures, Waggott is desperate to knock down the riverside and redevelop. His big dream is to build a hotel. Doing this would doubtless drive away even more fans. I think there’d be a significant number who would just stop going rather than relocate elsewhere.

When did this one about building an hotel resurface? I haven't heard this madness in 10 years.

Speaking as someone who used to travel a lot for work the Ewood area is completely wrong for the business traveller. For leisure purposes one has to ask the question why would a tourist want to visit Blackburn.

If an hotel is built at Ewood it will be an unwanted burden on the club. One has to be realistic, Rovers apart why would visitors want to be in the area?

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54 minutes ago, Stuart said:

A turn of phrase.

Look, I’m not looking to pick a fight. We are on the same side but if Jack has demolished the RS and rebuilt it people would still have grumbled but it would have got done.

Stands are a very emotive thing - especially for those directly affected - but the RS needs updating sooner rather than later. While we have loads of empty seats it would make sense to start from scratch rather than build around it - especially if there was a hotel attached.

If people have concerns about a different agenda from the administration then that’s a whole different conversation.

 

34 minutes ago, Paul said:

When did this one about building an hotel resurface? I haven't heard this madness in 10 years.

Speaking as someone who used to travel a lot for work the Ewood area is completely wrong for the business traveller. For leisure purposes one has to ask the question why would a tourist want to visit Blackburn.

If an hotel is built at Ewood it will be an unwanted burden on the club. One has to be realistic, Rovers apart why would visitors want to be in the area?

 

29 minutes ago, Mattyblue said:

The Fernhurst Hotel and Lower Darwen Premier Inn seem to do well...

All the Travelodges/Premier Inns/Holiday Inns along the M65 from Preston to Burnley are regularly booked solid weekdays. Business trade is driving demand.

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35 minutes ago, Paul said:

When did this one about building an hotel resurface? I haven't heard this madness in 10 years.

Speaking as someone who used to travel a lot for work the Ewood area is completely wrong for the business traveller. For leisure purposes one has to ask the question why would a tourist want to visit Blackburn.

If an hotel is built at Ewood it will be an unwanted burden on the club. One has to be realistic, Rovers apart why would visitors want to be in the area?

I used to think this but there is definitely a market for visitors to Blackburn.

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1 hour ago, Stuart said:

I used to think this but there is definitely a market for visitors to Blackburn.

I'm not entirely convinced that Blackburn is a tourist destination. The hotel at Old Trafford (cricket) is excellent. I'm sure it sells out non-cricket season as it's a ten minute walk from the theatre of shite. Rooms overlooking the pitch might encourage our far flung friends to stay on match days. I can't see it happening any time soon though.

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2 hours ago, MCMC1875 said:

 

 

All the Travelodges/Premier Inns/Holiday Inns along the M65 from Preston to Burnley are regularly booked solid weekdays. Business trade is driving demand.

I'm happy to be corrected and didn't know this. I wouldn't have stayed in any of those when I traveled for work so I'm probably the wrong person to comment.

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Just now, 47er said:

Could be a mix of spectator area at the lower level and hotel above it couldn't it?

Like Bloomfield Road?

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I’d approach Eurogarages and ask them to join in with a premier inn or something embedded into the redeveloped site. They can put in a Greggs, petrol station, etc and redevelop.  They are running out of room up in shadsworth, it’s murder up there to get a butty.

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13 hours ago, Paul said:

When did this one about building an hotel resurface? I haven't heard this madness in 10 years.

Speaking as someone who used to travel a lot for work the Ewood area is completely wrong for the business traveller. For leisure purposes one has to ask the question why would a tourist want to visit Blackburn.

If an hotel is built at Ewood it will be an unwanted burden on the club. One has to be realistic, Rovers apart why would visitors want to be in the area?

I recall Waggot saying that they had or was looking into the viability and demand for another  hotel in Blackburn, since then a new hotel has been announced above the Postal Order, a Doubletree by Hilton is being built at Whitebirk (with wedding and conference suites)  even the old stage door in town is being turned into a hotel. Clearly there was a demand..... is there still?

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1 hour ago, pk1875 said:

I recall Waggot saying that they had or was looking into the viability and demand for another  hotel in Blackburn, since then a new hotel has been announced above the Postal Order, a Doubletree by Hilton is being built at Whitebirk (with wedding and conference suites)  even the old stage door in town is being turned into a hotel. Clearly there was a demand..... is there still?

There's another on the Boulevard.

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17 hours ago, Paul said:

When did this one about building an hotel resurface? I haven't heard this madness in 10 years.

Speaking as someone who used to travel a lot for work the Ewood area is completely wrong for the business traveller. For leisure purposes one has to ask the question why would a tourist want to visit Blackburn.

If an hotel is built at Ewood it will be an unwanted burden on the club. One has to be realistic, Rovers apart why would visitors want to be in the area?

It's down the road from the m65 then others within 15 mins or so, not a bad location at all for a business traveller.

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47 minutes ago, Ossydave said:

It's down the road from the m65 then others within 15 mins or so, not a bad location at all for a business traveller.

I understand about the proximity to motorways but I feel more than that is required. When I travelled I wanted interesting restaurants, perhaps a decent pub etc. nearby. The last place I wanted to be in the evening was in the hotel which is simply a room and a bed.

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22 hours ago, OldEwoodBlue said:

Who is paying to build this new stand and hotel ?

Euro Garages ?

Any Chief Executive worth his salt would have thoughts on rebuilding the Riverside. For several reasons:

1) Like the Riverside or not it is outdated and poor in comparison to the majority of Premier League/Championship facilities these days. Grounds with worse facilities e.g. Brentford and Luton, are being knocked down in the near future. The lack of a covered concourse, adequate disabled facilities and obstructed views all need addressing. 

2) In an era of Ffp issues it is silly to have a side stand with absolutely no facilities to generate non matchday income. Office space, conference, hospitality, retail, hotel whatever is most appropriate any could be incorporated into a new stand and used to generate income to offset against losses. An investment of say £4-5 million in a new stand over the next 10 years could comfortably recoup the investment.

3) This isn't an issue in terms of attendances - the argument from some will be that we don't need a new stand because we don't need the capacity - Waggott seems to get that e.g. at the Shareholders Meeting last week he said any new Riverside stand would not add to the capacity of the ground as 30,000 is adequate and I agree. Nonetheless the facility needs improving.

4) I think Waggott has some good ideas but seeing those come to fruition is another matter. The owners have rarely shown interest in significant capital investment in facilities other than basic maintenance costs so it might take a long time or a change of heart from them to ever see this happen.

Loads of clubs have build new grounds or stands and have moved home fans to allow that to happen without long term damage to crowds. It just has to be done sensibly.

Edited by JHRover

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Iv'e travelled around and stayed in countless Travelodges, Prem, Holiday Inns etc and there are a lot worse places to stay than Ewood.

A football ground has a unique selling point as opposed to a town centre and lets face it if you just want a bed for the night it's better looking out onto a pitch than litter strewn streets surely ?

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45 minutes ago, Paul said:

I understand about the proximity to motorways but I feel more than that is required. When I travelled I wanted interesting restaurants, perhaps a decent pub etc. nearby. The last place I wanted to be in the evening was in the hotel which is simply a room and a bed.

I see your point but within a stones throw of Ewood we now have:

Premier Inn Blackburn Town Centre
Fernhurst Hotel
Premier In Blackburn South
Willows Blackburn
Travel Lodge Blackburn / Darwen (M65)
Wetherspoons Postal Order (Creating a hotel)
Doubletree by Hilton Whitebirk with wedding and conference centre

This shows that hotel chains see sustainability in and around Blackburn. The Hilton one is of particular interest, with the already existing facilities at Ewood and car parking close proximity to motorway network, with a little imagination and creativity Ewood could be an excellent wedding, conference and accommodation venue.

This could see a significant return on the costs incurred in redeveloping the Riverside. Maybe a smaller capacity stand which incorporated good disabled seating, Hotel facilities, that complement the conference and event facilities in the Jack Walker Stand and Blackburn End, maybe a state of the art gym within the Darwen End.

Making Ewood a 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year money maker. 


 

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47 minutes ago, JHRover said:

Any Chief Executive worth his salt would have thoughts on rebuilding the Riverside. For several reasons:

1) Like the Riverside or not it is outdated and poor in comparison to the majority of Premier League/Championship facilities these days. Grounds with worse facilities e.g. Brentford and Luton, are being knocked down in the near future. The lack of a covered concourse, adequate disabled facilities and obstructed views all need addressing. 

2) In an era of Ffp issues it is silly to have a side stand with absolutely no facilities to generate non matchday income. Office space, conference, hospitality, retail, hotel whatever is most appropriate any could be incorporated into a new stand and used to generate income to offset against losses. An investment of say £4-5 million in a new stand over the next 10 years could comfortably recoup the investment.

3) This isn't an issue in terms of attendances - the argument from some will be that we don't need a new stand because we don't need the capacity - Waggott seems to get that e.g. at the Shareholders Meeting last week he said any new Riverside stand would not add to the capacity of the ground as 30,000 is adequate and I agree. Nonetheless the facility needs improving.

4) I think Waggott has some good ideas but seeing those come to fruition is another matter. The owners have rarely shown interest in significant capital investment in facilities other than basic maintenance costs so it might take a long time or a change of heart from them to ever see this happen.

Loads of clubs have build new grounds or stands and have moved home fans to allow that to happen without long term damage to crowds. It just has to be done sensibly.

Waggott's priorities are to bring in additional revenue (not just on matchdays) and move us away from the benefactor model. Been said many times.

 

They can knock down the Riverside.

Move the fans into the closed areas of the other 3 sides.

Reduce the capacity.

Reduce the matchday running costs.

Lease the land out to someone who will build a hotel leaving Ewood as a 3 sided ground. A hotel with balconies etc would at least look better than a Normid Superstore. TV gantries can form part of the hotel so we look like a full ground on Sky.

 

Surely this is a more likely outcome / business decision.

Fans emotions aside, why would anyone build a new stand when there are already 3 more than half empty stands?

Edited by OldEwoodBlue

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Of course in the 90s/early 2000s there was a gym in the DEnd. Perhaps it was before it’s time, as it was pre the explosion of gym chains we now see.

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Just now, OldEwoodBlue said:

Waggott's priorities are to bring in additional revenue (not just on matchdays) and move us away from the benefactor model. Been said many times.

 

They can knock down the Riverside.

Move the fans into thI stille closed areas of the other 3 sides.

Reduce the capacity.

Reduce the matchday running costs.

Lease the land out to someone who will build a hotel leaving Ewood as a 3 sided ground. A hotel with balconies etc would at least look better than a Normid Superstore. TV gantries can form part of the hotel so we look like a full ground on Sky.

 

Surely this is a more likely outcome / business decision.

Fans emotions aside, why would anyone build a new stand when there are already 3 more than half empty stands?

I still have the dream we'll fill the ground on all four sides again one day.

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