I almost choked on my weetbix as I read how the 'Penrose' Warriors may be forced to move from their spiritual home at Mt Smart, to the soulless pit that is Eden Park.
So if there was ever a cause for new Warriors owner Owen Glenn to pour his millions into - this is it.
If he could help fund an upgrade of the Penrose stadium it would not only ensure the future success of his newly acquired club - but entrench him into folklore as the man who helped save league in this city.
Currently the Warriors are perfectly situated on the backdoor of its South Auckland fan base, and at the end of the South-Western motorway for their rabid westie fans.
But it is highly unlikely that same fan base will be just as willing to make the arduous trek into lower Kingsland to a stadium considered foreign territory by most leaguies.
And it's not just the fans that will be affected.
The Warriors and the Kiwis have not scored a single victory at Eden Park in living memory and the ground does nothing to incite fear into opposition players with the stands set well back from the field.
The NRL side would struggle to win games, lose fans and also be forced to train on some poorly equipped suburban field like the Blues currently do.
It would make more sense to bulldoze Eden Park and build high rise apartments than let the Warriors disintegrate into sporting rabble like their rugby counterparts.
The Warriors have established a steady record of success over the last few years - which has no doubt benefitted the coffers of their landlord, the Auckland Council. But instead of repaying the astute business management and sporting prowess of this NRL side with an enlarged facility on Beasely Avenue, the council is going to kick the club up the road into union territory.
And it would not be too great a leap to assume this decision was made merely to help prop up rugby.
The Eden Park website states that: "a group of Trustees manage Eden Park primarily for the benefit of Auckland Cricket and Auckland Rugby. The Trust still manages the Park today."
So how likely is it that the profits from Warriors games could be channeled back into rugby and cricket by the Trust Board?
This decision stinks of Auckland's old boys club cutting league off at the knees and it requires someone of Owen Glenn's wealth and influence to stop this nightmare becoming a reality.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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