Saw the smillie comment to. Pipe dream or a reality soon? I dont see gcc giving us land to build so unless this is the reason for the new shareholders and directors bringing more finance to the table to start that would be phenomenal.
However we haven't had many things to scream about positively under his tenure yet
Leicester courts are laid out a different way to the eagles ones. Eagles bbl court is across the 3 courts in the middle. Eagles had to have a number of different court marking as they received money from sport England and the council for other sports. I don't care as it is ours. It is the end of a 20 year wait for the eagles.
Paul Blake expects to feel relieved but most of all proud when the dream he has had for over a decade finally becomes a reality next week.
Blake’s Newcastle Eagles have never had a home of their own, but that will change on January 11 when the Eagles Community Arena opens for the British Basketball League game against Plymouth Raiders.
Having ticked that off the wish list, the next goal will be to play in Europe, but the Eagles owner has warned the franchise will have to be patient.“It will be a huge achievement for us, a relief,” said Blake, speaking in an office at the still-to-be-completed arena just off Scotswood Road.
“I’m still very nervous about what we need to do between now and the Plymouth game and ultimately what happens after that because it’s all new territory for us but it’s definitely exciting and I’ll feel extremely proud next week."
“Simple things like team training can be more organised and regimented, we have the ability to do more things from Fab’s perspective and all things being well that will have a positive impact on results even though it’s an extremely tough league this year.”
Leicester have played in this season’s FIBA Europe Cup, an ambition the Eagles had during a decade at the top of the British game.
It was not possible while they were tenants of first the Metro Radio Arena, then Northumbria University’s Sport Central complex, but now their destiny – and their schedule – is about to come into their own hands.
First Blake has warned the club will have to get to grips with running its new home – which could host netball, volleyball, badminton, wheelchair sport, boxing, martial arts, dance groups, spinning classes, yoga, community events, dinners, and educational activities as well as the Eagles’ junior and women’s sides and the local Saturday leagues, where 600-700 children will play on the three courts each week.
And on top of that, they need a top team, having dropped off the pace in this disrupted season’s British Basketball League title race.
“Leicester have shown you can make the move but the teams we’ve been playing against in pre-season over the last few years, and the teams Leicester came up against, all have much bigger budgets,” said Blake.
“We’ll come up against teams in pre-season whose budgets are ten, 20, 30 times ours and they’re not the best teams in Europe but the financial difference is more skewed than the playing difference, so we can win games.
“We’re still in a one-to-two-year business cycle of making sure that if we are going in (to Europe), we’re going in sensibly. And we have to be competitive within our own league because you don’t go into Europe coming seventh in the BBL.
“If you go back to the birth of the Eagles with Sir John Hall in 1996, he set a five-year plan to be playing in Europe so I suppose we could reset that goal. But it’s day one and we’ve never got carried away with ourselves.”
Having control of things like corporate hospitality and car parking for the first time is an important part of the puzzle, and will allow Blake to put more money into the team on the court, but there was one condition he would not compromise on.
“Being in Newcastle was our No,1 priority,” said Blake. “We’ve had a very, very strong, positive relationship with Newcastle City Council for over 20 years and it would have been entirely wrong of us to look to go outside of the city.”
Congratulations to Paul - It's certainly looking impressive. The only downsides are the distance from the toon (it's far less central than the previous 3 home venues I've attended) and the apparent multiple court markings that may bring back memories of Gateshead Leisure Centre. Having said that, I suspect it is more central than any other BBL city venue. and hopefully will inspire the Eagles to former glories.
rutlandrider: Riders have released Phil Leonard- was on a temporary contract apparently.
Nov 14, 2017 16:04:38 GMT
chickenbroncitis: a good result to beat the sharks. Hopefully Lions getting rid of that coach will give us a good play off push and put us in the mix with the Eagles and Riders where we should be
Jan 7, 2018 23:32:15 GMT
gonk: March madness bracket competition - see sticky for details
Mar 8, 2018 21:23:43 GMT
ballerman: And there's our problem. You really only care about your own club. The Leicester cheer leader only cares about the competition his team plays in.
Jul 8, 2018 7:36:46 GMT
ballerman: Yesterday at the regional development tournament, there was no West Midlands girls team and the East beat the North East 60-0. The North East have TWO WBBL teams and a number of national teams coaches. But if you read the BE report, it's a fantastic even
Jul 8, 2018 7:38:32 GMT
ballerman: Fiddling and Rome burning come to mind
Jul 8, 2018 7:38:47 GMT
roc23: Niem Stevenson is now a RIDER!
Jul 8, 2018 15:44:25 GMT
sporty: latest from the local newspaper
Aug 9, 2018 11:27:23 GMT
oddi: Andre Drummond WENDELL CARTER Lonnie Walker Sabons Inghram Huerter Ball Booker Mitchell Fox Bogdanovic Swanigan
Sept 17, 2018 11:02:54 GMT
Solly: "I thought it was a great day out, and it appeared like those around me (basketball fans new and old) did too. And for the haters, it’s back to proper basketball now… and everything that comes with it… smaller crowds, no television coverage etc. etc."
Oct 15, 2018 14:54:19 GMT