Will town stadiums help local clubs’ revenue?

Friday, March 26, 2010, 16:53

by Gordon Attard

While watching a local Sunday Football TV program, a good and interesting topic was brought up and discussed:

Why have Maltese clubs’ financial crises not changed in recent years?

Sometimes, the only reason football survives in Malta is the fact that some individuals choose to pump their money in their beloved football club. The interesting question here, however, is how local clubs can start getting some income over and above?.

Top flight Maltese football is played in three stadiums: National Stadium in Ta Qali, Hibernians Stadium and Victor Tedesco Stadium with all the revenue generated mainly just covering the expenses. The MFA thus distributes what remains to the clubs which is very minimal and surely not enough to keep their club expanding and competing for the long term.

The Victor Tedesco Stadium in Hamrun

Many people suggested that if clubs really need to get money to cover their costs plus some profit, they have to start investing in building their own stadiums. Whilst It makes sense to me, I am sure that if a home and away system will be implemented locally it will prove that all clubs will gain.

If these town stadiums will be built in every town in Malta and Gozo, the clubs would then need to market their investment as it will become a business which if not dealt with carefully may bring the clubs to their knees. Thus the clubs will have to start marketing and promoting their matches – something which right now is not being done at all.

Another point made was that it no longer makes sense to play in a 20,000 maximum attendance at the National Stadium Ta Qali with an average attendance of 2,000 people for both teams in a local football match. ‘Bring football to the people’ will be the motto to get people to support their home town club. With Town Stadiums and other facilities, everyone stands to gain.





5 Comments

  1. Henry Cassar says:

    Of course I do ! My point was that with your idea of having more foreigners, the Maltese players will work harder to improve their game and therefore the national team will benefit

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  2. Roberto Debrincat says:

    While I agree with Joshua, I must say that for the moment these are not the best proposals to develop football in Malta. Does anyone keep in mind the overhead expenses that are incurred once a club owns his own stadium? There is no revenue, gate money is very low while sponsors are not getting back what they think when investing. In my opinion, in order to improve Maltese football, Football Academies (same as UK) should be included on regional basis where those having the right potential should be enrolled. Also, I think we will reach a point where Maltese football will be played on regional basis.

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  3. Joshua Cacciattolo says:

    you agree with me or no?

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  4. Joshua Cacciattolo says:

    THE STADIUMS IS A GOOD IDEA . BUT MALTA IS A EUROPEAN COUNTRY SO ONLY IN MALTA YOU CAN USE ONLY 3 FOREIGNERS. IF WE CAN USE MORE FOREIGNERS THAT HAVE TO BE BETTER THAN THE MALTESE WE CAN PASS A LEAST 2 ROUNDS OF EUROPA LEAGUE, THEY CAN GAIN ENOUGH MONEY TO START INVEST IN THERE STADIUMS. EVERYONE REMEMBER FC CLUJ 2 YEARS AGO THEY PASS THE 2 ROUNDS AND QUALIFY IN UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WITH 17 FOREIGNERS AND ONLY 6 ROMANIANS. SO PLEASE CHANGE THE RULES AND WE PUT MALTA’S NAME ON THE EUROPEAN MAP

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    Henry Cassar Reply:

    Cannot agree with you more Joshua … your idea will also make local players more aggressive and will make them fight more for their place thus also improving the level of the national team

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