|For an S-League to play a friendly in a school is just, SAD!|
It will do wonders!
The friendly matches in the past month or so made me realise one sad thing about Singapore football. The clubs do not own the stadiums that they call "home".
Yes, I do understand how costly it is to own a piece of land in this country but why not at least give the clubs partial ownership of their stadiums?
Some of the friendly matches were held in schools like MJC, ITE Simei and Temasek Polytechnic. It is the equivalent of having Manchester United play in one of the secondary schools in the Manchester district!
If clubs and their chairman own their own stadium, there would be that much incentive to make their stadiums a "homely" place for their fans to be proud of. Consistent renovation without complicated approvals can be done, friendly matches can be held at their own stadiums, clubs can run their Centre of Excellences at their own ground and even the highly demanded concept stores can be set up! Furthermore, if clubs have ownership of their stadiums, naming rights can be sold to corporations and this can pump in the cash and investment that is sorely needed and it benefits everyone!
So what if the public wants to also use these ground? It can be made a regulation that the tracks must be made open to public as well on non-match days!
Currently, these stadiums are owned by the SSC and clubs have very little say and even have to pay rent to use them during off season.
Is it really a lose-lose situation if there is a Tampines-Creative stadium or Choa Chu Kang -SIA Arena?
What are your thoughts?