I find this thread an interesting…social experiment almost.
There are people saying we should NOT move as it’s our home (well, maybe in your time watching Wednesday, yes). But where does that end? Are we allowed to move when you pop ya clogs? Are we ever allowed to move? All change is bad etc etc. Have you ever moved house?
Then there are those who say “world cup plans”. But these plans are already many years old. What were they other than removing the pillars from the Kop (yay), and extra tier on the West and some computer labs on the North?
What about the rest of the infrastructure?
Even if the World Cup Plans are implemented, it doesn’t really make the stadium a long-term home? What about the facilities (yes, some say we can build out from the Kop, but can we, are we allowed, what about the foundations/Tree?!). Compare the size of the concourse in the south/north compared to modern stadiums. Surely, what everyone wants is a successful team, and our ability to attract better players and pay them will be linked to a good stadium and the ability to generate money all year round (which Hillsborough can never do…parking etc).
What about player’s facilities? Yes, the changing rooms have been redone since Mr C arrived, but I bet they are hardly the best. What about physio space and rehab space for when a player comes off injured? Indoor warm-up areas such as an area to stretch and prehab?
What about corporate (maybe then we can charge as much as we do!)?
We then have those who say we “cant have a soulless bowl as you can’t generate atmosphere”. When was the last time you described Hillsborough as having a better atmosphere as those who play in a bowl. I can remember it being very quiet at times… to the ned that me and my friend jokes about bring a book. Surely the atmosphere is a direct result of the same fans + team performance anyhow?
There are those saying “we only got 30k tops the last time we were in the Prem”. Yes, true, but that was a long time ago, football is different now (change!!!) So, to me, people who say “stay, at whatever costs” are those who will be complaining when we can’t compete (more so).
I would vote move….if….. we can still have a stadium to be proud of (i.e. something a little unique, hey, it can even have 4 stands if you want!). No Derby, Sunderland, Boro etc.
Failing that, revisit World Cup plans, update and modernise.
Failing that, sort the west out
Failing that, paint the blood West.
Failing that, a win tomorrow....
However, and the flip side, I can’t wait to walk over that bridge tomorrow.