Why do fans like me go to all the trouble and expense of attending matches? One word: “ATMOSPHERE”. That’s why I’ll never again attend a match at ANZ Stadium unless it’s a final when I know there will be a decent crowd. My experience last Friday night was flatter than a beer left in the sun all week. Firstly, because there were no special buses put on I was forced to drive from my north shore home. Normally the trip takes me 25 minutes, but the traffic was so bad it took 90 minutes. I found a car park and walked. I had Members seats, so I sat on the half way line. These are just about the best seats you can have at this non-football-friendly ground. I may as well have been a Sea Eagle flying above the Stadium so far from the action was I. There were 70,000 empty seats – a depressing look for rugby league. The game was flat, and the few spectators there were underwhelmed. Remember; this was supposed to be a marquee match with fire and brimstone, when fans could feel the tackles and roar their delight. Any chance of that was killed by the cavernous stadium. There were more Happy-Clappers at a Hillsong get-together next door than those clapping at ANZ Stadium. Compounding this disappointing spectacle was the farce trying to pay for parking and getting out of the car park. There was just ONE ticket machine, so it took me 30 minutes to pay. This at least gave me time to talk to some Dogs’ supporters in the queue who agreed how terrible ANZ is and that the club must return to Belmore Oval for all but finals. Eventually, having paid $20, it then took me a further 30 minutes to get out of the car park. And this was with a crowd of just 14,000! I haven’t watched the TV replay but I’ll bet it was dull, dull, dull viewing. I then watched the Tigers match at Leichhardt with a crowd of 16,000 and the ground looked great. That’s what we fans want. To be close to the action, to have ‘tribalism’ – not sterile monoliths. That’s why I’ll always go to Brookie. It is a fantastic football ground for anything up to 20,000 people. Anyone advocating that we should leave Brookie need only attend a round match at ANZ to change their opinion.