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Oi! Geordie Boy : Admission prices.

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[Did I really just say "Oi!" to The Chairman?]

 

Mr Chairman.

 

Any news on next season's admission prices and season tickets yet?

 

Yours,

 

AFF

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I was under the impression that there was to be a meeting recently to discuss admission prices etc.

 

Have not heard anything since.....

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Get a grip, Webbo.

 

The Chairman invited comment on here and in one of the last programmes concerning the proposal that admission to the ground would be £8, and £4 for U14s. I can't recall what the proposal was for Over 65's or for the main stand, - not because I'm not and I don't sit there -, I just don't recall.

 

Comments were made and the subject was to be discussed at a Board Meeting.

 

In addition, questions were asked concerning season tickets. There was some suggestion of £200 which would include entry to all friendlies and to all cup matches. No reference to the young and not so young concessions nor entry to the main stand. Again, this was to be discussed at a Board Meeting.

 

So. Any news?

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Admission prices will be as follows

 

Adults £8

Senior citizen £4

extra for seat £1.50

children £3

extra child after first £2

students on production of current SU card £4

 

season tickets £200 which includes 23 league games , all friendlies plus cup games thats around 30 games which against the £8 entry fee makes an £8 saving.

 

thats my understanding of the situation .

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Seen as the Chairman has now introduced a student price, will this mean that there will also be a student price on the season tickets?

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students on production of current SU card £4

 

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I think the more flexible pricing policy and increased concessions are a positive step, and should result in more people through the gate and more revenue (though perhaps not straight away).

 

I suspect that the £200 charge for a season ticket however will hit the sale of those hard. An £8 saving isn't a lot, particularly as everyone (ok, Tavs excepted) misses the odd one, which effectively elimintes any saving. It also obliges people to make a "donation" - a contradiction in terms surely? If the case for the additional element is strong enough, and it may well be, and can be made well enough, then people will make an additional donation anyway. As it is, there's a danger that most will pay as they go along (instalment arrangements may help, so I'd publicise those if they're available). It's also a little odd given the (earlier, stated) need to get money in early; whilst it may not have an effect on overall income over the year, I'd say it's likely - for reasons stated - to have the opposite effect in the short term?

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Very helpful, Getalonggang. Thanks very much. I'm taking it for granted that your understanding of the situation is accurate.

 

There were a number of comments on here when The Chairman invited views and it looks to me as though most have been taken into account, [save for my suggestion, only a suggestion, that spectators should pay on the way out depending upon the level of entertainment. A trifle unusual but I'm sure that it was given due consideration by The Great And The Good on the Board.]

 

Well done.

 

Oh, by the way. HBEE. Would you like to read the final sentence of your message once more?

Have you ever considered a career in the Civil Service, old chap?

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A season ticket price of £200 is likely to encourage people to pay on the gate rather than in advance, and so the club is unlikely to to generate the income up front it stated it needed at an earlier date (even though it might recoup it over the season as a whole, if things go well, or ok). Like I said. And are you implying that servants of the crown are anything less than crystal clear all the time? In your line of work? Shame on you!

 

And Rob, does predicting France 0 Uruguay 0 mean I get a point for first goalscorer (ie none) by default?

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HBBE

sorry mate you've totally lost me I admit it

You don't know the chap in charge of silly walks as well...

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Sorry, it wasn't meant to be that complicated.

 

Club announced on takeover that it needed a lot of money up front and so launched a campaign to get people to buy season tickets for next season at the end of the last season - to get that money up front.

 

They suggested a cost of £200, of which I believe about £80 is a donation. Point is, by setting it at such a high price, and making the donation compulsory rather than a er...donation, the saving you make on buying one, compared to just going to every game (the saving being the reason most people buy a season ticket in the first place) is very small compared to just turning up at every game and paying on the gate.

 

So, given there's a chance you'll miss a couple anyway, people just won't buy season tickets at all. They'll just pay as they come. Which means that the club will - hopefully, if the season goes well - get the money in the end, but it probably won't get the kinds of funds up front if was saying it desperately needed just a few months ago. It may not matter, but it just seemed odd implementing a pricing strategy that was at odds with the way it had said it wanted to go forward.

 

I'll go away now.

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Fair Play HBBE

indeed the whole point of a season ticket is surely to reward the ...ahem slight cough "Loyal" supporter

but as you have pointed out this doesn't seem to be the case...

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No, don't go HBEE. I was beginning to enjoy that. The second message wasn't much more lucid than the first. I was tempted to ask you to run the whole theory past us once more but that would have been cruel. In addition, we called an inter- departmental meeting here and between us all, we think that we have worked out what it is that you're on about.

 

I believe that most supporters do calculate the saving when considering the purchase of a season-ticket and, with all due respect to the

Board, I suggest that £8 is unlikely to do it. The seeking of a donation is all very well, but there are lots of opportunities for fans to make a donation in the form of sponsorship, buying something in the shop etc.

 

Rewarding loyal supporters is a good ideal. However, I suspect then when the 'discount' is 15/20% or so, The Club don't actually lose compared with the full price admission as most people miss a couple of games despite best intentions.

 

Anyway. Where can I get mine. When are they available? Do we contact the chap who used to drive the red tractor or is it one of the other members of The Secretariat?

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Just to add my twopenneth...

 

The £8 saving thing is wrong surely; 30 games times £8 is £240, a saving of £40. Anyway, there is a good chance there will be more than 30 games if we have a decent cup run or two so the saving could be in excess of £50, not to be sneezed at methinks.

 

And HBEE, you only get an extra point for 0-0 if you specify 'no scorer', leaving it blank or saying 'if there is one' is not allowed.

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