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#1 Wendall

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 06:49 PM

Why is it that after over a decade of play offs and these being billed as the big matches of the seasons climax are the fans not embracing the play offs?

Okay Hull fans have done so and the KC looks to be heading for a sell out, but this is because of the derby novelty factor.

I bet Saints v Wire does not top the 13.5K that turned up at Saints last week. I know loads of Wire fans who aint bothering because they think we will end up facing Saints again in two weeks and because of the terrible view in the stadium.

Plus I bet Hudds get lower than their average crowd on Saturday for the visit of Cru and Wigan v Leeds wont get above 17,000 that showed up last week.

Is it time to ensure discounted tickets for season ticket holders or include them for free?

Or do we need to market these better like the NRL play offs?



#2 Maximus Decimus

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 06:56 PM

It's all to do with season tickets, nothing else.

#3 Symo10

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 07:00 PM

I'm loving the Playoffs. But then I adore everything about our game.
Hull is buzzing about this weekend. I really hope our game passes without incident supporter wise. Would love us to get to Grand Final (don't laugh) as I already have my ticket, even the wife is coming.
Hope the Wire do well too, as my bezzer is sitting next to me at Old Trafford.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 07:02 PM

QUOTE (Symo10 @ Sep 9 2010, 08:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm loving the Playoffs. But then I adore everything about our game.
Hull is buzzing about this weekend. I really hope our game passes without incident supporter wise. Would love us to get to Grand Final (don't laugh) as I already have my ticket, even the wife is coming.
Hope the Wire do well too, as my bezzer is sitting next to me at Old Trafford.


19k have been sold which is good but it should have sold out a long time ago. It would have been easily if ST's were included.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 07:42 PM

QUOTE (Maximus Decimus @ Sep 9 2010, 07:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's all to do with season tickets, nothing else.


Your partly right I think.

But I think other factors such as money and overkill come into the equation. Take Wire as an example they have played Saints twice this season in SL and now the fans have to fork out for another game and possibly a return game in two weeks to get to the GF.

In the NRL these play off matches are seen as the marquee games. Neutral fans turn out from other clubs to watch the big play off matches and other non regulars tend to make the effort.

In SL once a club does not make the finals their fans go into hibernation till Feb, we need these to come and watch.



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Posted 09 September 2010 - 07:47 PM

QUOTE (Wendall @ Sep 9 2010, 07:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why is it that after over a decade of play offs and these being billed as the big matches of the seasons climax are the fans not embracing the play offs?

Okay Hull fans have done so and the KC looks to be heading for a sell out, but this is because of the derby novelty factor.

I bet Saints v Wire does not top the 13.5K that turned up at Saints last week. I know loads of Wire fans who aint bothering because they think we will end up facing Saints again in two weeks and because of the terrible view in the stadium.

Plus I bet Hudds get lower than their average crowd on Saturday for the visit of Cru and Wigan v Leeds wont get above 17,000 that showed up last week.

Is it time to ensure discounted tickets for season ticket holders or include them for free?

Or do we need to market these better like the NRL play offs?


You mention a terrible view at KR yet over 17,000 attended the Saints/Wire match!!!!!!

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#7 Wendall

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 07:49 PM

QUOTE (Saint Billinge @ Sep 9 2010, 08:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You mention a terrible view at KR yet over 17,000 attended the Saints/Wire match!!!!!!


I know and I was there and couldn't see much apart from the back of someones head and a pole!

When Knowsley Rd is packed its a great atmosphere but a terrible view if your in that away end.





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Posted 09 September 2010 - 09:20 PM

QUOTE (Wendall @ Sep 9 2010, 08:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know and I was there and couldn't see much apart from the back of someones head and a pole!

When Knowsley Rd is packed its a great atmosphere but a terrible view if your in that away end.


But it didn't keep anyone away!

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 10:15 PM

QUOTE (Saint Billinge @ Sep 9 2010, 08:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You mention a terrible view at KR yet over 17,000 attended the Saints/Wire match!!!!!!


Also the away end at KR is perhaps the best standing spec in Super League.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 02:32 AM

QUOTE (Wendall @ Sep 9 2010, 07:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why is it that after over a decade of play offs and these being billed as the big matches of the seasons climax are the fans not embracing the play offs?

Okay Hull fans have done so and the KC looks to be heading for a sell out, but this is because of the derby novelty factor.

I bet Saints v Wire does not top the 13.5K that turned up at Saints last week. I know loads of Wire fans who aint bothering because they think we will end up facing Saints again in two weeks and because of the terrible view in the stadium.

Plus I bet Hudds get lower than their average crowd on Saturday for the visit of Cru and Wigan v Leeds wont get above 17,000 that showed up last week.

Is it time to ensure discounted tickets for season ticket holders or include them for free?

Or do we need to market these better like the NRL play offs?


week 1 of the nrl finals usually gets poorish crowds as well

since many of the finals dont mean anything for the top teams as they arent sudden death its seen more as a revenue raising excercise.

weeks 2 and 3 are where the action hots up

and still the crowds you mention are very impressive

i suspect well go from 15,000 - 30,000 for week 1 crowds in the nrl which isnt far off yours

penrith will probably only get 10,000 - 13,000 for their home semi

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 04:56 AM

Gold Coast vs NZ Warriors should get 25,000 and Wests vs Sydney Roosters 30,000 - 32,000.

Penrith will get over 15,000. St George vs Manly will be only 16-18,000 because Manly has no chance.

So Hull FC, Wigan and St Helens should do better than the two lesser NRL crowds, but worse than the two bigger NRL crowds.

Huddersfield crowd will be a bomb that brings down the average. What a pity.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 07:18 AM

THIS IS NOT AUSTRALIA.

Do the SL play offs attendances as a % of the usual gates and compare with NRL.

STOP MOANING!!!!!

I for one can't wait for all 4 fixtures.

If I still lived up North I would probably go to St Helens on Fri, Huddersfield on Sat and Wigan on Sunday.

TV is a factor that reduces the crowds.

And why would any spectator pay for a ST, watch all seaosn, then not attend the crucial matches? Are these the same muppets who leave a game with 10 minutes to go when it is evenly poised?

I don't like the 8 team format, the old one was much better, but RL fans need to stop moaning and making excuses and go and actually support the games instead of sitting on your backside moaning about Red Hall, expansion, Union/media conspiracy etc etc

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 07:46 AM

i think a few posts have already hit the nail on the head, which are gripes about the game snot being included in the season tickets and fans thinking 'sod it, ill wait till next week'.

personally i cant wait for tonights game, and the other games over the weekend. the missus has already been put on alert that my weekend will largely consist of RL.

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#14 dallymessenger

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 07:58 AM

just think of all the extra revenue the RFL makes from a top 8 vs top 6 system

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 08:05 AM

QUOTE (Wendall @ Sep 9 2010, 08:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In SL once a club does not make the finals their fans go into hibernation till Feb, we need these to come and watch.

We need to address the issue of the clubs that are playing's fans turning up first.

Why should Salford fans, for example, go to watch Saints v Wire when, as you say, the Wire fans can't even be bothered?
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 08:06 AM

QUOTE (EastLondonMike @ Sep 10 2010, 08:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i the missus has already been put on alert that my weekend will largely consist of RL.


I haven't done that bit yet - I'm waiting until Eastenders finishes and then I'll just turn over!

Tomorrow I will decorate in the morning so if she even thinks of stopping me watch 2 games she's out
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#17 clement

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 08:58 AM

surprised no one waits till the grand final because thats when the season starts.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:05 AM

With Crusaders having sold out their first ticket allocation and asking for another AND with 4 coaches booked already, perhaps Huddersfield should have asked to have the fixture reversed biggrin.gif

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:10 AM

QUOTE (Doghead @ Sep 9 2010, 11:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also the away end at KR is perhaps the best standing spec in Super League.
laugh.gif Good one.


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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:11 AM

QUOTE (Wendall @ Sep 9 2010, 07:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why is it that after over a decade of play offs and these being billed as the big matches of the seasons climax are the fans not embracing the play offs?

Okay Hull fans have done so and the KC looks to be heading for a sell out, but this is because of the derby novelty factor.

I bet Saints v Wire does not top the 13.5K that turned up at Saints last week. I know loads of Wire fans who aint bothering because they think we will end up facing Saints again in two weeks and because of the terrible view in the stadium.

Plus I bet Hudds get lower than their average crowd on Saturday for the visit of Cru and Wigan v Leeds wont get above 17,000 that showed up last week.

Is it time to ensure discounted tickets for season ticket holders or include them for free?

Or do we need to market these better like the NRL play offs?


I can categorically and truthfully state that it will be "standing room only" for the Co-operative RLC National Qualifying Semi-Final , at the Arthur Miller Stadium, Stanningley on Saturday, kick of 2.30pm. So get there early to see Bramley Buffaloes and Warrington Wizards going full on for a place in the Grand Final. biggrin.gif
Details below in Press Release from Bramley Buffaloes:


"Bramley Buffaloes' bid for a sixth consecutive Grand Final appearance faces a tough test this weekend with Warrington Wizards the visitors to the Arthur Miller Stadium on Saturday 11th September (kick-off 2.30pm).

Victory would assure Mark Butterill's side of a place at Warrington on Sunday 26th September but the Buffaloes coach is taking nothing for granted: "It's all going to plan. This is where we wanted to be at the start of the season and we hope this is our only play-off match but we will have to be on our guard against opponents who can turn on the style when they have to. There will be no complacency and I hope we get the Bramley supporters turning out in force.

"We lost our last regular season game at Huddersfield Underbank and that was a stark lesson in not taking your eye off the ball. This is a fantastic group of lads who are all focused on the end goal and we'll need to maintain that for at least another 160 minutes this season if we are to repeat last year's triumph.

"I've been delighted by the progress we've made in what has been a tough season with two teams withdrawing but I feel we've kicked on from last year and a win against Warrington would be fantastic.

"We could be facing them again in the Grand Final but we'll worry about that if it happens. My major concern is Saturday and ensuring we get the job done," added Butterill who has no major injury concerns and expects to welcome back powerhouse centre Paul Gledhill back into the squad.

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