McKenna makes some good points, but the reality distortion field which surrounded the RWC bid was strong.
Fine and dandy to say well we are basing it on the NZ bid. The NZ hosting was firstly a sop to the all blacks who hadnt hosted it since the 80’s and secondly its not relevent, it’ll be 12 years on by the time 2023 comes around. Was listening to the newscast of this on Today Fm and it was clear that their news, sports department and Matt Cooper didnt understand what “overlay” meant.
Lets just take Fitzgerald Stadium:
Fitzgerald stadium is fine for what is it intended for, which is one big game a year in June or July. Its a cold shithole in the league and it would be a cold wet shithole in the Autumn. Three quarters of the ground would be temp seating with no roof. NZ had to give 4000 seats per venue to journalists and media, whats the capacity of the roofed stand there? Do any grounds outside of Croke Park and Aviva have the warm up, changing and media facilities for international rugby teams? No. So there’s more work to be done. We can giggle about wifi and all that, but world class internet access is essentiual at every one of those venues, can you imagine the upgrade work needed in Killarney for that? What about the corporate element in the most corporate of sports? Where do you host them?
Not to mention how do you get there.
Now add all those to PUC - where three months after opening there were still wiring problems and flooding. We all know how lousy access is there. I’m sure the WRC were impressed by the traffic chaos that surrounds the place when it is half full. There is no sign of an upgrade to the dunkettle roundabout before 2023, no sign of the motorway between Cork and Limerick happening before then either. So the many foreign visitors will ahve to chance their arm on the existing N Road or try the motorway. Not that we actually have motorways beyond Kildare, we have dual carrigways with blue signs stuck on them. I’m sure that the WRC would have notice the joke interchanges on the M7/M8 and the M7/M9 and wondered why someone going from limerick to cork would have to go through a toll plaza twice and head in the wrong direction for 25 km when a sliip road would sort the problem.
And thats before we mention Casement Park, the lack of hotel beds nationwide and the terrible lack of broadband outside of the capital. As for the €200 million promised to be spent, well, take a look at the ever spiriling costs of the Childrens Hospital.
Croke Park and and Avivia passed mustard. Do up Ravinhill and Thomond and chuck our lot in with Wales and Scotland for 2027. This is a bit like the Gareth Brooks thing, it takes an international spotlight to wake a few lads up. This is a World Tournament FFS and we’re offering up provincial venues like we’re Italia 90 and getting offended when they get graded accordingly.