Monday, February 05, 2007

MCFC Supporters Trust Statement On Season Ticket Prices

In response to the recent release of the 2007/08 Season Ticket prices, the MCFC Supporters Trust Working Party would like to acknowledge the gesture our Club is making in, following Wigan Athletics and Blackburn Rovers lead and dropping the prices for children under the age of 16 to £5 a game but fear that this will have very little impact on the uptake of season tickets overall. We have been contacted by a number of fans who feel that the club could have given something back to the wider spectrum of fans as a gesture that their support is appreciated.

Historically, season tickets have been used to guarantee a seat in the stadium, with a small discount for paying in advance. as opposed to paying on a game by game basis for every home game. Supporters are looking at the many empty seats, even for the most attractive games, and feel that it is not worth paying for a season ticket when you can pick and choose individual games.

No one is naïve enough to think that the price of tickets is the sole reason for falling attendances at our Club. Season ticket prices are one of the reasons why fans are stopping attending but other reasons include the standard of football, games moving to suit TV schedules, lack of atmosphere and no real investment in the team for a number of years.

Dropping the price of season tickets isn’t the only way to generate interest or induce renewal. We suggest that there are other alternatives such as allowing free entry to a certain number of home cup games (which Arsenal implemented this season) or the offering of an interest free payment scheme over a three, six or twelve month basis. Our Club currently operates a Cup Tickets Direct Scheme so we presume the facility already exists to cope with multiple payments.

It is very disheartening to hear about a season ticket holder who after twenty or thirty years has decided to walk away from the Club they love. We want and need those supporters back at the games.

Higher gates mean additional revenue in the stadium or the club shop and might also help the atmosphere, which is in need of a boost. In this regard, we must also applaud the singing section initiative for next season and encourage the club to engage more with its supporters in finding ways to improve the match day experience.

The subject of ticket prices is one area of concern but there are of course several others. We will be presenting our concerns and aims for the proposed trust at our Open Meeting on Sunday 4th March at the University of Manchester’s Renold Building, Sackville Street Complex, Altrincham Street, Manchester. Further details and a map for the venue can be found on our blog at http://www.mcfcsupporterstrust.blogspot.com/ or alternatively e-mail us at mcfcsupporters@hotmail.co.uk.


Best wishes

Colin Howell, Colin Savage, Gavin Cooper, Ian Barton, Mickey Horan, Miles Webber, Ollie Goddard.

MCFC Supporters Trust Working Party

3 Comments:

At 2:51 pm, Blogger Kinkladze said...

Total agree with this article. Well done to the club for offering kids in at cheap prices but at the end of the day stuff the normal fan hey. Who cares about us?
Who cares that we have to watch the same dross week in week out that we have up front?
What really annoys me is that we have a sound basis of a team with Dunne, Distin, Barton, Ireland. We just need a striker so desperately and everyone can see it. I understand that we where left in the lurch with any cole but we could of fixed that in January. How the club did not manage to buy a striker during the transfer window beggers belief! How a premiership club can be run such away that we are stood around at 11pm trying to give a player a medical after he has just played a game sums us up. Get real City. Yet another transfer window shuts where we have made profit on selling players. I am also fed up with this Bosman aware transfer policy Wardle always goes on about. Get real Wardle. We need some sort of transfer policy as well where Pearce wont blow any money we have. You have to ask why the club let him spend 6 million on an unproven player, 1 million on hart and mills who are kids who wont play 1st team football and then have no money left for anyone else. Surely we would have been better spending 7 million on a number of 1st players?

 
At 5:14 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sick off it to! Something must be done and soon! The club is a joke! Please tell me how AM justifies his £300k salary!?

 
At 5:06 pm, Blogger andy said...

This has been brewing for some time. I gave up my season ticket three years ago as I was bored stiff during matches.

This is partly the club's fault; the team is not that entertaining. It is also a problem of the Premiership as a whole. Who can get excited about a competition for sixth place?

 

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