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Re: Leaving Odsal and future in general

Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:20 pm

A bit of an update here

https://www.facebook.com/startrax.info/ ... __tn__=K-R

Re: Leaving Odsal and future in general

Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:19 pm

Their suggestion is to dig up some of the terracing behind the posts (i.e. opposite the coral) to create room for track and pits. Still sounds to me that you'd need to take up part of the pitch again. And as much as I loved Derek Fox making use of our stupid corners, I'd vote no to that happening again.

Re: Leaving Odsal and future in general

Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:51 pm

Pumpetypump wrote:Their suggestion is to dig up some of the terracing behind the posts (i.e. opposite the coral) to create room for track and pits. Still sounds to me that you'd need to take up part of the pitch again. And as much as I loved Derek Fox making use of our stupid corners, I'd vote no to that happening again.

That assumes that we'll be back, doesn't it?

You're right though, to race stocks around without moving the Coral stand it would mean a pretty big bite out of the 'centre green' and I'm wondering if it is all some kind of ploy to make the Bulls hurry their decision on next year? To be fair, I do agree with others in that I can't see stocks or speedway back anytime soon: especially if the costs are anything like what the previous chairman suggested they might be. Also I wonder what the RFL are thinking about all this as I'd guess the final say would be theirs, if we're no longer the sitting tenant.

Re: Leaving Odsal and future in general

Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:10 pm

A state of affairs where the RFL own a speedway and stock car venue where no Rugby is played is ridiculous. Seems nailed on then doesn't it.

Re: Leaving Odsal and future in general

Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:20 pm

Pumpetypump wrote:Their suggestion is to dig up some of the terracing behind the posts (i.e. opposite the coral) to create room for track and pits. Still sounds to me that you'd need to take up part of the pitch again. And as much as I loved Derek Fox making use of our stupid corners, I'd vote no to that happening again.


I'd second that, even though I have very fond memories of going to Odsal on Sunday mornings with my Dad and helping lay down the corners (not sure it would be allowed now to let a 10yr old help carrying heavy pallets loaded with turf). Roger Simpson was the groundsman at the time and rubbing shoulders with him like that used to blow my mind (I was a child afterall).

Plus its not exactly like Stock Cars and Speedway are going to be packing in the crowds or bring a huge financial backer with them either. Take a look at the venues they use and you can see ther is even less money in their sports than there is in RL.

Speedway have a national stadium built in Manchester but if you take a look at it, I doubt it would have ever come off had it not been for the adjoinging leisure facilities and 3G pitch (in the middle).

I just cannot see a viable solution to the existing stadium and for me the solution lays with the land over the road (Richard Dunnes).

Re: Leaving Odsal and future in general

Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:30 pm

The key is always going to be "multi-use" stadium. Bulls as anchor tenants, as much football in there as can be arranged. Surrounding area with 4G pitches - again multi use. Is there scope for covered cricket - nets, for off season?

My own personal desire would be for Horsfall to be developed further purely for athletics and BPA to be equal shareholders in a community stadium, but as they've just invested more into Horsfall, It may not be an option.

Re: Leaving Odsal and future in general

Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:03 pm

Highlander wrote:The key is always going to be "multi-use" stadium. Bulls as anchor tenants, as much football in there as can be arranged. Surrounding area with 4G pitches - again multi use. Is there scope for covered cricket - nets, for off season?

My own personal desire would be for Horsfall to be developed further purely for athletics and BPA to be equal shareholders in a community stadium, but as they've just invested more into Horsfall, It may not be an option.


Problem with Horsfall is that its unlikely you would ever get a safety certificate to sign off on a decent capacity due to its loaction and objection from neighbours. This was one of the reasons the Bulls chose Dewsbury as a short term option (the other being to try and force the RFL/Councils hand).

There is no reason why Horsfall couldn't be developed as a local sports hub that would be home to BPA and Bulls development academies (along with other benefitial public bookings) and a community stadium with a modest opening capacity (with room to expand if required) for the Bulls and BPA to share for their first teams.

Take a look at the last council sports pitch audit and findings (2013) and you will find a bleak picture back then. If anything its got worse and the council have a duty to provide for their communities... I'd be surprised if much of the action points have actually been carried out.

Re: Leaving Odsal and future in general

Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:54 am

Pumpetypump wrote:A state of affairs where the RFL own a speedway and stock car venue where no Rugby is played is ridiculous. Seems nailed on then doesn't it.

When it's put like that.... :lol:
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