so ur not a fan, but you like the change
I was trolling.
Home region is still staying but its garbage. Even against NQ, we'd have packed out Brookie for that game. The transport system in sydney is a joke, i wasn't about to go to the game past the fucking city. Other fans whine about us Manly fans not travelling but in the time it takes, round trip in the 20-30km or whatever it is from brookie to SFS and back via public transport you could drive to Newcastle.
For example my uni is out pretty close to the SFS, took me 90 mins to get to uni each day on public transport, and then 90 mins on the way home.
Home region is a complete joke. Gold Coast, North Queensland, Canberra, Melbourne, Warriors, Brisbane & Newcastle get to play at their actual home grounds in week 1/2. All the Sydney teams have to go to the SFS or ANZ (which is fine if you're a Rooster, Bulldog or Souths fan) but the rest of us are copping a raw deal.
You're spot on with the public transport mess, and it's a large factor into why you don't get a huge turnup on Manly supporters who travel into the city.
I'd much rather see a packed Leichhardt, or Brookie, or even scummy Kogarah, and see a team who earnt a home final be actually able to play at their true home ground, than an SFS or ANZ that can barely muster 20,000 fans and reduce the atmosphere of the game. Look at S15 and AFL finals, you don't see empty seats, yet last years Manly/Cowboys and even Manly/Brisbane games, both at the SFS, you could see bays of empty seats, which is an absolute travesty. It needs to be fixed asap - fuck people if they can't get a ticket, that's what memberships are for, securing the early offer to buy these tickets. Miss out on a ticket then you can watch on 9. Simple really.