I dont neccesarily think me and @Ridge even completely agree (if we agree at all) but I think he understands very accurately my natural suspicion about this ploy of Moshiri to move us out of Goodison as a business policy but also for his personal motives. Its being done for economic reasons, not football. No thought has gone into the protection of Walton as an area if we left Goodison or whether we would after several seasons continue to fill our stadium.
Being at Goodison vs Watford made me think how on earth can we just abandon this? I love it. I go there and feel happy. Its home. Its where we belong. For some to say its bricks and mortar is sacriligious.
I've been for a new stadium almost since I started posting. I see the argument for turning it into a living museum, but as soon as you start to upgrade, you'd have to make changes not in keeping with design. It might not be the same Goodison if you changed everything in one go, over years it would cost more and be harder to move pitch. I wanted to stay, until I struggled to come up with or see anything that made any sense. Costs would have been comparable to a new stadium, still limitations and an awkward design.
From a refurb you're looking about 5% increase, new stadium closer to 13%, better sponsorship deals and more corporate facilities. Just like every player becomes too old, you sometimes have to know when to embrace the unknown future, rather than cling to the warmth of familiarity and memories of the past. As harsh as it sounds, its no longer fit for purpose. If we genuinely harbour ambition, we have to find a modern stadium to be able to compete.
A lot of things the club does so well and is taken for granted is BK. Keep him away from deals with NTL, but he genuinely loves the club. The memorials, the gestures, the charitable work, the heart in the right place stuff. I have no worries about him listening to fans and trying to give fans an experience, theatrical productions, he's very good.
With Moshiri, things have been more enhanced than rewritten, that new cladding is exquisite, struggling to find something to grumble about in terms of identity. He was with Arsenal when they went into new stadium, USM is a steel company, so experience, contacts and network should be better than expected. He's spending a lot of cash for others to make mistakes
In terms of botching the job or commercialising the club, it would ruin their asset at the end of the day. We're pretty much setting fire to money, but pretty good on tickets prices and community stuff, more money comes from broadcasting rights. We are beaten by 4x 5x on matchday revenue. I've always read good things about what we do in hospitality.
It's going to be much better than potential Kings Dock stadium and on different planet to shed in Kirkby.