My pub will lose £45,000 if the ‘Wales’ Six Nations Games are moved to England

The manager of one of Cardiff’s best-known pubs has said he would lose “tens of thousands of pounds” in sales if the Six Nations fixtures, home of Wales, are relocated to England.

Gary Corp., which runs City Arms across the street from the Principality Stadium, said it stands to lose “tens of thousands of pounds” in sales if tournament fixtures in Cardiff are cancelled, already around £50, Missed business worth 0000 in preparation for Christmas.

The Welsh Rugby Union is exploring the option of playing its three home matches in England – suggesting venues such as the stadiums at Twickenham and Tottenham Hotspur – in order to implement the stringent COVID rules currently in force on this side of the border.

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While spectators are currently banned at professional sporting matches in Wales, crowds are allowed in England as things stand.

The WRU lose millions if they play some or all of their home matches against Scotland, France and Italy in front of empty stands in Cardiff – but the Welsh government has said it will be “disappointed” if they decide to go head-to-head. ” Will happen. Severn Bridge.

For Gary, however, his reaction to the suggestions goes beyond mere disappointment. “It’s absolutely devastating,” he said. “The cost to the economy will be huge – not just for Cardiff but for Wales as a whole.

“It’s not just pubs – it’s clubs, restaurants, hotels, tourism, everything. The overall infrastructure of Wales will fall apart and we’re going to lose millions.

“For City Arms we are missing out on around £15,000 in sales – that is what we would hope to make on the day of rugby.

“But if the games go to England all I can say is that the whole Welsh economy is about to collapse.”

Cardiff was packed during the Autumn International, but is set to be a lot quieter in February as things stand

First Minister Mark Drakeford said on Friday that a decision on whether the Six Nations match would be played in Cardiff was unlikely to be made for “a couple of weeks”, with campaigners such as Gary waiting anxiously.

“We really need a definitive answer,” he said. “Why can’t we get one? If he came out and said: ‘Give it two weeks and we’ll reopen’ then at least better.

“It’s important that we know sooner because if the games go ahead we need to order stock, we need to employ staff. In fact I just had to let go of three employees because our business is like this.” The timing is bad.”

On Boxing Day, restrictions were re-imposed for the hospitality sector with social distancing of two meters and six visits to pubs while nightclubs were closed.

Gary claims he lost around £50,000 in sales before Christmas
Gary claims he lost around £50,000 in sales before Christmas

The First Minister has faced calls from hospitality workers to ease restrictions or face a “wave of job losses and bankruptcies,” and Gary certainly felt the impact of the new measures on his business. Is.

“Our Christmas was zero,” he said. “At City Arms alone I lost a minimum of £40-45,000 in sales in the two weeks before Christmas.

“Parties were cancelled, there was none – it was completely dead. Boxing Day was also bad – I usually make £6-7,000 with a Cardiff game that day but there were no fans, it was behind closed doors. was played back.

“I didn’t understand that to be honest. It was behind closed doors but when they’re playing they can travel to England and then come back to Wales. Where’s the sense there?

“If they’re guided by science then show me what science says you can go one way and back again. I don’t believe it.”

After a brutal Christmas, Gary knows his challenges are not over to deal with the notoriously quiet month of January as well as the sudden prospect of a Six Nations weekend in February and March.

“January is quiet, obviously, but it is no longer the case,” he said. “It’s absolutely terrifying right now.

“I’m lucky to have Marston’s support, to be honest. If it were my business I don’t think I would have been able to survive.

“We didn’t have any Christmas and I’m two-thirds down on a normal Saturday now. Nobody wants to come to town anymore – not only are they scared to death, they have to deal with all these restrictions now. Who wants to do that? Is?

“Even if the games go ahead, we’re never going to take a fair amount with all these restrictions,” he said. “We would be lucky enough to make a few thousand out of it to be honest – and that would only happen if we were very lucky.

“It’s a very sad situation. It’s going to be the end of a lot of businesses in Cardiff and across Wales.”

First Minister Mark Drakeford has been accused of 'crushing the Welsh economy'
First Minister Mark Drakeford has been accused of ‘crushing the Welsh economy’

While he acknowledges that past measures have been introduced to keep people safe, Gary is cutting back on his criticism of the first minister’s handling of the pandemic.

“The Thursday before Black Friday weekend, Drakeford made this announcement while talking about the new big wave coming,” he said. “He will say that he did not lock down Wales then, but in fact he did. He put everyone to death and closed the country through the back door.

“Nothing positive is coming from the man, nothing. I know it sounds personal but at the end of the day he is the first minister and if he thinks the economy in Wales is not damaged at all, he are very wrong.

“Has he seen that millions of pounds worth of tourism, millions of pounds worth of people wanting to go out and party and go to England? Is he happy to see that all that money has gone out of Wales? Because he certainly has I always feel like this.”

With his decision still waiting Gary crosses everything that Mr. Drakeford changes his mind and fears what will happen if he doesn’t.

“He can also just reopen it and move on with it,” he said. “He should come to the city center and see how dead it is here.

“I know he’s trying to keep us safe, but I think it’s time people make up their mind – this will be with us for a long, long time.

“It’s absolutely crushing the Welsh economy and it’s very sad to see.”

Pub manager says it's time to 'be proud and move on'
Pub manager says it’s time to ‘be proud and move on’

Gary’s desire to get back to normal doesn’t just stem from a desire to keep his business running. He says moving Wales’ home games across the border could further ease the already soaked spirits across the country.

“It’s not just about making money or staging games, it’s also about people’s morals,” he said. “With rugby it’s the whole nature of the game, the camaraderie, it’s important.

“People come from everywhere for these games and see people they haven’t seen in centuries. They are really looking forward to it but now they have nothing to look forward to. There is nothing to be happy about at the moment.” Never mind and morale in Wales is absolutely rock bottom – I know mine is.

“I think most people in Wales would just like to go ahead and reopen. I say let’s be proud because we are a proud nation and now we have all that. It is time to move on.”

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