Ayr rugby move to dam park.

Started by shinglis, October 24, 2018, 20:20:09

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shinglis

News reports of a potential move for Ayr rugby club moving to dam park and installing a plastic pitch. What if any impact would this have for AUFC.  Probably none but interesting none the less.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/ayr-rugby-club-near-move-13471419

ghostofjimmysmith

Not so much here, more the honestpage but will stop anyone making up any p*sh about us going to " be playing at the Dam Park next season as we won't get a safety certificate."

Do think that there is a missed opportunity for both the rugby and the football club - sell current grounds, work together and build a shared stadium/facility incorporating academies/youth setup etc and things like a gym/bar/function suite/office space and maybe merge some of the off field functions - becomes really viable if the two come together 

Balloon Boy

i would agree with that, the only dowside would be the plastic pitch which would likely be deemed neccessary & the fixture clashes on a saturday afternoon

ghostofjimmysmith

I was actually thinking of a campus style arrangement with multiple pitches. Rugby don't get as big a crowds as we do and limited need for segregation so could be a plastic pitch (which they are proposing at Dam Park) with a small full length stand and standing around about it - could be used by the academy and reserves for matches and also used by  the community - school cup finals and the like. We would have some 4-6000 lego job on the same campus with a grass pitch.

Commercial department could sell pitch side advertising on the basis of advertising on both pitches.

Only real problem is lack of a suitable, affordable site - where Waitrose was going at Holmston is too small.

D.Armour Appreciation Soc

Quote from: ghostofjimmysmith on October 25, 2018, 08:22:22
Do think that there is a missed opportunity for both the rugby and the football club - sell current grounds, work together and build a shared stadium/facility incorporating academies/youth setup etc and things like a gym/bar/function suite/office space and maybe merge some of the off field functions - becomes really viable if the two come together


No appetite for establishing Partnerships.

titus

I think ayr rugby club have pulled a master stroke with this one.town center venue,good transport links.

Balloon Boy

Quote from: ghostofjimmysmith on October 25, 2018, 16:18:53
I was actually thinking of a campus style arrangement with multiple pitches. Rugby don't get as big a crowds as we do and limited need for segregation so could be a plastic pitch (which they are proposing at Dam Park) with a small full length stand and standing around about it - could be used by the academy and reserves for matches and also used by  the community - school cup finals and the like. We would have some 4-6000 lego job on the same campus with a grass pitch.




I doubt if there would be enough money fro 2 pitches, surely the only feasible way would be to share one stadium & thoiugh the rugby club would get more fro millbrae that we would , some sort of arrgt should be discussed