Thursday 29 September 2016

Piped-in noise an insult to supporters at the Aviva

Michael McCarthy

Published 06/04/2016 | 02:30

'The fake, artificial atmosphere 'created' at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday for Leinster and Munster was a new low in what has become a tiresome and worrying trend in Irish sport.' Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
'The fake, artificial atmosphere 'created' at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday for Leinster and Munster was a new low in what has become a tiresome and worrying trend in Irish sport.' Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

I've been going to sporting events all my life. Different countries, different grounds, different sports. Never once have I thought that what this game needs is some music.

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Or piped-in crowd noise. Or an overzealous tannoy announcer. What's more, I don't know anyone who has. The fake, artificial atmosphere "created" at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday for Leinster and Munster was a new low in what has become a tiresome and worrying trend in Irish sport.

It begs the question: who makes these decisions? Is there a room somewhere where event managers decide what's best for Irish sports fans? I wrote last week about Connacht and Leinster being one of the best atmospheres I've ever experienced. I don't remember anything other than the rugby.

Sports fans care about the match. Nothing else. The excuse wheeled out about a family experience is nonsensical. Are families not fans? There were plenty of families in Galway. They celebrated wildly when Kieran Marmion got his try and only cared about Connacht winning.

If the atmosphere was dull in the Aviva, it certainly wasn't helped by the gimmicky tripe. No more piped in "Leinster" chants, please.

Irish Independent

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