Originally Wembley wanted $300,000 pounds,almost $600,000 US dollars to use the stadium. That would give us the entire lower tier of Wembley, about 60,000 seats. If ticket sales went well, they would open the upper tier in 5000 seat blocks and charge us something like $6000 pounds per block.
We agreed and had a date set for May 25th. Spanky, Robbie and I went to see Jim Frayling, director of events at Wembley. I won't say what went wrong, but lets just say that at 10am on that Friday morning, one of us was so wasted that the price nearly doubled in one day because of the obvious risk of a no-show situation with a full house.
Not to mention, Wembley told us point blank, very few people have ever heard of Robbie Knievel and we would be hard pressed to get more than $20 US for tickets, unless we booked it along with a pricey British music act.
We had zero interest from TV, well thats not true, the BBC wanted us to give the broadcast rights for free. ESPN 2 wanted it for $75,000. Speed and Discovery wanted it for even less. Fox had no interest in an overseas production and besides that, there was not a single sponsor willing to step up and pay Wembley the deposit.
I told Robbie that I'd cough up the deposit and take it off the gate. But I insisted that I be paid back first. Later that night Spanky, Karl, Robbie and I were driving around London, Robbie, drunk out of his gord, started yelling at me that he can't believe that I cant get him 10M from Red Bull and I was to call them and demand it or he wasn't jumping.
After the horrible, embarassing impression we made that morning at Wembley, I was needless to say more than a little pissed at his behavior and I blew up, I told RK he was friggen nuts, that nobody wanted to pay even 1M, more less 10M. I told him to call Red Bull himself, because I already did and they said they wouldnt touch Robbie Knievel with a ten foot pole. He got pissed, he yelled at Karl to pull over, he got out about 8 miles from our hotel with no jacket and walked back at 3am in the freezing cold with $2.00 in his pocket.
More than almost anyone, I wish there was a chance of it happening but there isn't a snowballs chance. I PROMISE you all that Wembley will never allow him to jump there, period. I personally paid 70g to fly us all there in December, Spanky and I were in coach, and I bought the superstar an $8,000 first class seat. I even paid $30G to promote it with a London PR firm. Then, I flew back without Robbie to have another meeting in Feb, where the board at Wembley veto'd the entire event. Its history that will not be repeated, sad to say.
The very same goes with the Canyon. There will never be a jump at that site unless someone forks over about 3M for the infastructure to handle the crowd, insurances, and payoffs to the jumpsite land owners.
Fox wanted the rights to it for under a million dollars. Considering Scott Truax wanted $350G for two rockets, the land owner wanted about the same and Twin Falls said basically, that we couldnt have a live crowd on the jump site, how is Robbie going to get paid the 10M he's demanding for the jump? Impossible. Not to mention, the IRS would, without a doubt be there to collect a million in back taxes. Its never gonna happen.
Robbie needs to remember our night with Eddie Kidd before he gets on that old pos 1999 CR on Halloween night. At 49 years old and very ill, he's playing with fire. If he was clear headed it would be bad enough, unfortunately he isn't. I wish he would just call it a career and walk away while he still can.
He has nothing to prove and absolutely nothing to gain but a few dollars.
Now, you know the rest of the story...
: I had heard Wembley wanted something like one
: Million to rent it. Maybe more..its been
: awhile but i think it was in that ball park.
: --Previous Message--
: probably right about the price.
: if you figure wembley holds about 90,000
: people and their take is probably around 10%
: of tickets--so, for fun, let's say, robbie
: can sell the tickets between $10 to $100
: (for the higher priced tickets).
: so, wembley says robbie will bring in an
: average of $20 per ticket and they use the
: multiplier of 90,000 (regardless of how many
: seats RK sells) and then take 10%--which
: equals $180,000 upfront.
: then, i'm sure since it's a biker event,
: wembley throws in a surcharge for
: security...call it $250,000 just for the
: then add transportation of his jump ramp,
: etc.--plus he still has to find another
: xr-750 since his orange one was sold--add
: another $50,000.
: so, i'm at -$300,000 and no tv show yet, no
: promotional materials, or a even a ticket is
: jeff, how close am i?
: ps, didn't his father have low ticket sales
: a few days before the actual event?
: --Previous Message--
: Just talked to Robbie yesterday. He has a
: Halloween jump I believe he said in Palm
: Springs coming up jumping herses. He said
: the Wembley jump actually looks like it will
: happen as he is working with a media company
: putting it together. It's very costly to
: rent out Wembley stadium and you have to
: weigh that against what you will make on the
: jump especially in these hard economical
: times. Robbie also said he hopes Snake River
: Canyon will happen...I think we all do.
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