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Joel Osborne

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Posted Friday, June 28th 2019

Flyers thriving on and off the court - Lansdown

Bristol Flyers’ owner Stephen Lansdown believes it’s little surprise the club has thrived both on and off the court since their inception to the British Basketball League. 

The explosive growth of basketball in Bristol has been evident over the last five years, with record attendances at the SGS College Arena making the Flyers one of the hottest tickets in town.

But the on-court impact only paints half of the story when it comes to the club’s footprint in the city.

The Flyers have enjoyed year-on-year commercial growth, with the club heading into the 2019/20 on course to break all records once again. 

It’s an impact which hasn’t gone unnoticed, with Lansdown hailing the growth of the club’s commercial activity.

"It ticks all the boxes for a great night out and for good business relationships,” said the Flyers’ owner in an exclusive interview with Bristol Flyers TV.

“When you go along to the Flyers, you can't help but enjoy yourself. It's exciting, it’s quick and it’s fast and its not too long either.

“What’s happening is that people are coming in who may be experiencing a small investment sponsorship with the Lansdown Club and suddenly finding a real taste for basketball.

"I've said it to many people, you just have got to go along. It doesn't take very long to do it, but go once and you'll keep wanting to do it and your staff will too.

"RSG in particular have really got the Flyers on the map. It's not just what they do in terms of spending, but what they do in telling the Bristol business public the benefits of getting involved - they've done a great job and I thank them very much."

With the club’s planned 4,000-capacity venue at the Ashton Gate Sports and Convention Centre on the horizon, a new home in BS3 would provide the Flyers with the opportunity to secure long-term sustainable success.

Speaking on the proposed plans for the future, Lansdown added: "I think it's great for the Flyers and great for basketball in Bristol as well.

"To be able to look forward to a home of their own, which is purpose-built for them to attract decent crowds will generate the revenue to be successful.

‘It's exciting times down here at Ashton Gate and I can't wait for it all to start happening. It seems to be taking an awfully long time to get going, but I know a lot of work is going on.”

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