I'm sure the live experience is much better, especially with the access to facilities you have at your members, but the cost is prohibitive for me. Taxi's to the other side of town, or a nightmare of various public transport services, inflated ticket prices especially to get access to a member's room, coupled with exorbitant food and beverage prices, just counts me out.
Just a few games at that expense is a week long pacific island holiday. Cricket is a much longer duration that rugby or football as well, this leaves one at the mercy of the stadium prices.
Personally, the "forum experience" of watching live games at home by myself is a pleasant enough experience, arguing or laughing with people online, all at far less cost and inconvenience. And in some ways better than going to a stadium where if there is a crowd - I may or may not get a seat with decent sight of the jumbo tv screen, and if there is no crowd, I'm suffering all that expense for no atmosphere.
Auckland has a dire problem with its stadium location and prices. The attendances for everything bar the big All Black's tests are dismal. There is no easy fix as our city is so wide, and our public transport is very very ordinary, and big stadium catering are not getting the crowds consistently so they look to cash in whenever there is an in demand item being played.
Hence more and more cricket in NZ is being played outside of Auckland, at smaller towns, at ovals that contain 6,500 to 10,000 max capacity.
NZ has a problem now whereby Wellington Stadium, Basin Reserve, (Wngtn), McLean Park (Napier), Bay Oval (Mount Maunganui), Hamilton, Hagley Oval (Chch) and University Oval (Dunedin) are all competing with Eden Park for games and there isn't the population to keep costs down. Then Queenstown and Nelson also occasionally get games. Eden Park is running at a massive loss, and isn't ideal for cricket anyway. All the mayors petition NZC for games, and it leaves Eden Park on the outer, and an appalling sight for empty crowds at a test match. It is effectively banned from holding tests that arent India, Aus or Eng.
The only cricket stadium that is really set up well I imagine is Wellington Stadium who have the Soccer Phoenix, Super Rugby support, central city location and much more going for it given it is actually an oval at least with decent 80x60 boundary sizes.
NZC and the Auckland Council know cricket is a dire problem for Auckland, but the latest proposed solution, would still see the Cricket on the wrong side of town for me. And I would still not be interested. With the days of terraced seating, bringing a chilly bin, and better views than grainy tv coverage well behind us, I think it is time to accept that outside of T20, cricket is not much of a spectator sport except for those who have access to the better facilities. I think England was ahead of the curve here, hence despite their larger population, a ground like Lords still only has 26k capacity.