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Cats boss wants deal over stadium woes

By Roger Vaughan 09/05/2009 04:13:34 PM Comments (0)

Geelong president Frank Costa has called for "give and take" to solve the impasse between the AFL and the two Melbourne stadiums.

The Western Bulldogs this week have raised the prospect of playing home games at the Cats' Skilled Stadium home as they continue to struggle with poor returns from Etihad Stadium.

The league are in the midst of a fierce lobbying campaign to make Etihad Stadium and MCG renegotiate the deals they have with several tenant clubs.

Costa doubts the problem will kill off any struggling Melbourne clubs, saying the league could return to Princes Park as a last resort.

But he says this would be a bad result and also thinks it is unnecessary.

"Imagine if we lose a club or two over the next five or 10 years ... there will be less games played in Melbourne, less revenue for the stadiums and everybody will lose," Costa told Melbourne radio station SEN.

"I don't believe it will kill off clubs because the AFL will not let it happen.

"They will turn around an upgrade a third stadium ... in Melbourne.

"I don't believe that's in the best interests of Melbourne, I'm talking the entire community of Melbourne ... there has to be a better way, but there's got to be a bit of give and take."

Costa said the Bulldogs' enquiries about Geelong's Skilled Stadium home were only in the early stages.

"The Bulldogs have had a couple of light chats with Cooky (Geelong chief executive Brian Cook), nothing serious at this stage," he said.

"They're all testing the waters so far and I'm not sure how the whole stadiums balance is going to finish up.

"Right now, as we all know, there's a real bit of concern going right through football."

Costa added if it was up to him, he would make the league and the two venues thrash out a better deal.

"I believe there is one," he said.

"However, because people don't seem to be able to come together and sit down and put all the cards on the table, the best result doesn't seem to be coming to the fore as quickly as I believe it should.

"If that was my business ... I would be valuing the tenants who are going to make that place tick over like a clock."

With the league about to expand into the Gold Coast and western Sydney, Costa said the problem must be solved soon.

"It can't last forever anyway because the moment the two clubs open up north, there will be a lot of funds required (for them) and so there's got to come a time when all the Victorian clubs have to stand on their own two feet as (non-Victorian) clubs have to do," he said.

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