Sunday, July 03, 2011
Cork City Sports....Did you go?....and if not, why?
In the first article from the Irish Independent, the Chairman of the Cork City Sports is reported to be angry with some Irish Athletes and Athletics Ireland for their lack of support for the event. The event costs approx €120k per annum to hold and it's obvious that it is a struggle to raise the required funds.
In the second article from the Irish Times, the author put's foward the case for Athletic meetings like the Cork City Sports and that they are worth supporting.
In preparing this post for the blog, I asked someone who had attended the event what they thought of it. He said that the "stand was pretty empty. Three rows of seats in one section were reserved for sponsors. Very few of these were occupied." He estimated the number attending to be around 1,000 to 1,500 which he thought was well down on last year.
When I asked as to why the numbers were down, he thought it is due to the "absence of World Class Irish, particularly Cork, athletes. In the past, there was: Marcus O'Sullivan, Frank O'Meara, Sonia, Coghlan, to name a few. We have few of that calibre competing anywhere now, let alone Cork. Nobody there to capture public's imagination. Back in the Mid 80's to early 90s - 15 to 20 thousand people would pack the Mardyke to watch the Cork City Sports."
So this raises the question, why didn't more people go to the Cork City Sports last Saturday?
It would seem that the most likely people to go to this type of event are people involved in running or athletics in general so where better to ask the question than here on the blog.
Was it down to a lack of interest?
Did people realise it was actually on?
Too expensive to enter? It was €10 to get into the ground or €15 to get into the stand.
No one of interest taking part?
I have 2 polls set up on the right hand side underneath the upcoming races......one asks if you went...Yes/No.........and the other one asks why you didn't go.
Click on the comment link below and let us know why you did or didn't go and what you thought overall.