Exactly this.thebeekeeper wrote: ↑18 May 2022, 11:25Completely agree with this. I think a flaw in Barnet's – and a lot of lower league clubs' stadium developments - is that they try and make the whole experience a kind of 'Premier League light'. But I always think, why wouldn't you just go down to watch a top flight team if that's what you want? You'll get a better atmosphere at Fulham or Brentford for example, and not pay too much more.becbee wrote: ↑18 May 2022, 10:21 There are some fans for whom the attraction of lower / non league football is that they can meet their mates and stand. If it's
a straight choice between sitting in designated seats at a top league match or a lower league match, then the standard of football is relevant. Lower / non league clubs looking to improve their grounds should bear in mind the needs of the fans / potential fans.
Actually, the non-league / lower league clubs that really seem to be thriving are the ones who have differentiated themselves from the pack – terracing, supporter ownership, craft beer, cheaper tickets and a real connection with the local community etc. Look at Dulwich Hamlet getting an average attendance of over 2700 in the National League South.
Sometimes it's best to embrace the things that make you stand out, in a crowded market where the Premier League swallows all the air time.
I think back to my first game at Underhill in the mid-90s as a child. I wonder, all the things that made me fall in love with Barnet that day and kept me coming back... do those same qualities exist at The Hive for the youngsters of today?
Embrace bring a small family club that plays average football (with the occasional banger) and is proud of who it is. Where is the equivalent of the old Central East Terrace pen or West Bank at The Hive? There isn't. The 'Bees Terrace' was something but very limited, such as having no bar or facilities to make it appealing and more full.