From The Ricoh Arena To Nene Park: When Blue Sky Thinking & Sky Blue Thinking Shouldn’t Mix


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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2 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    Great, in-depth article. I fear that this will be a recurring theme over the next decade or so.

    The town of Hinckley is my old-hometown, around 20 minutes from the Ricoh, and I have read reports today that Hinckley United’s 4000 capacity stadium is a serious contender to host future Sky Blue games.

    Whilst my initial thoughts are that this option is being floated as leverage, as someone who has attended the stadium a number of times, I cannot believe that a potential move from such a well equipped arena to this kind of stadia is a good business decision, nor even a good publicity decision! The car park could barely fit 200 cars!

    As with the option your article has focused on, the unsuitability of moving and potentially alienating its already dwindling support would be suicide for a business clearly already on the brink.

    Really enjoying the articles on the business side of football – great work Ian!

  2. Nathan says:

    Football is dead.

    The likes of Murdoch and Winkelman killed it.

    Why rack over the ashes like this?

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