Grant's goal Grant's goal Jason Avedissian 15Aug07 MANLY'S long-term financial stability could lay away from Brookvale Oval following a record-breaking night in Gosford. The Manly Daily can reveal the Sea Eagles match against Newcastle at Bluetongue Stadium last Friday night generated $250,000 - Manly's largest gate-taking yet for a regular season game. The Sea Eagles thumped the Knights 50-16 but also kicked some serious monetary goals, selling more than $20,000 worth of merchandise, the best figures in five years. Casual corporate sales were six times higher than a typical afternoon at a dilapidated Brookvale Oval. The figures have convinced Manly CEO Grant Mayer the experiment up north is worth pursuing beyond the two-game NRL agreement next year. ``We will not rule out further ventures north if Brookie does not get the money needed to bring us into the 21st century,'' Mr Mayer said yesterday. ``Bluetongue offer very attractive rental rates and offer a much bigger corporate hospitality portfolio. There are more undercover seats than Brookvale and better signage options. ``I will not commit one way or the other regarding 2009 and beyond. ``No matter what happens, fans can be guaranteed that the decision will be for the financial betterment of the club.'' Mr Mayer stressed that under the privatisation deal voted on by Manly-Warringah Football Club members, a minimum of 10 games must be played at Brookvale Oval each season. Mr Mayer sent a letter to Premier Morris Iemma on March 19 requesting an immediate $5 million state grant following the loss of power from the eastern light towers at Brookvale Oval during a game. However it appears certain no state funding is forthcoming. ``We don't have any money to help Brookvale Oval,'' a State Government staff member said. ``Our budget doesn't have the funding for anything in that scale. ``The money that came for OKI (St George's home ground at Kogarah) and Newcastle, were one-off grants from Treasury.'' The Sea Eagles urgently want an upgrade of the lights, seating, amenities blocks and toilet facilities. Mr Mayer said a revamped venue would ensure Manly's financial future. ``A club that has lost $3.5 million in '04, '05 and '06 has to be financially responsible to ensure a long-term future,'' he said. ``It goes to show that a modern venue would allow the club to prosper while at the same time sharing the benefit with partners such as the council.''