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#1521 redjonn

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 10:17 AM

Sally Bolton on Radio Manchester says more tickets sold for Limerick than for Hull KR & 70% of tickets for Cardiff are sold to people outside the traditional areas.

 

Can't decide if the 70% figure is good or bad.   Great that good interest outside of traditional area's but not good that traditional area's not showing high interest in what should be a big show piece as per any opening to a major sports games... normally interest is very high for an opening event and the one easier to sell with exception of the final.



#1522 brooza

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 11:12 AM

Can't decide if the 70% figure is good or bad.   Great that good interest outside of traditional area's but not good that traditional area's not showing high interest in what should be a big show piece as per any opening to a major sports games... normally interest is very high for an opening event and the one easier to sell with exception of the final.

I think the traditional areas tend to buy closer to the day, the non-traditional areas are more likely to book in advance


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#1523 Dave T

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 11:40 AM

I think the traditional areas tend to buy closer to the day, the non-traditional areas are more likely to book in advance

Yep - I also think that people will be staggering their purchases. 

 

Warrington, Saints and Wigan all being involved in the playoff series will probably have slowed down sales at their grounds, I expect these to pick up after the clubs get knocked out or after next week.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:40 PM

More promotion in Bristol this weekend, as part of the council's high profile "Make Sundays Special" project. One Sunday a month the roads around the "old city" area are cordoned off to traffic, and open to the public. There's loads of live music, free activities for kids, markets, street food, sports taster sessions etc. This Sunday, to promote the RLWC game in Bristol and the sport locally, the Sonics will be hosting free touch Rugby League taster sessions in the fenced-off "games area" on Baldwin Street. There's also going to be a RLWC 2013 promotional stand nearby, with people (me included) handing out fixture lists, spreading the gospel of the World Cup etc etc.

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:45 PM

More promotion in Bristol this weekend, as part of the council's high profile "Make Sundays Special" project. One Sunday a month the roads around the "old city" area are cordoned off to traffic, and open to the public. There's loads of live music, free activities for kids, markets, street food, sports taster sessions etc. This Sunday, to promote the RLWC game in Bristol and the sport locally, the Sonics will be hosting free touch Rugby League taster sessions in the fenced-off "games area" on Baldwin Street. There's also going to be a RLWC 2013 promotional stand nearby, with people (me included) handing out fixture lists, spreading the gospel of the World Cup etc etc.

More info on the Sonics website for anyone interested: http://www.bristolso...undays-special/

Good work, and the whole 'Make Sunday Special' concept sounds like a very good idea too.


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:48 PM



Good work, and the whole 'Make Sunday Special' concept sounds like a very good idea too.

Edit: there's no mention of Rugby on the official page.


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:53 PM

There are few more powerful images in the history of our game, for me, than Sullivan's wonderful try in front of a near-empty stadium.

 

Which is better, winning in front of 5,000 or losing the final at Wembley in front of over 70,000 ?

 

Of course if I could have my druthers it would be winning this year in front of 70,000.



#1528 brooza

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:56 PM

Which is better, winning in front of 5,000 or losing the final at Wembley in front of over 70,000 ?

 

Of course if I could have my druthers it would be winning this year in front of 70,000.

It depends on the manner of the defeat. If it's a drubbing, I'd take 5,000. A close fought game though, 70,000


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#1529 keighley

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 01:08 PM

It depends on the manner of the defeat. If it's a drubbing, I'd take 5,000. A close fought game though, 70,000

 

Well, it weas definitely close, 10 to 6 I think. Renouf bamboosled Devereux for the winning try.



#1530 GeordieSaint

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:48 PM

Can't decide if the 70% figure is good or bad.   Great that good interest outside of traditional area's but not good that traditional area's not showing high interest in what should be a big show piece as per any opening to a major sports games... normally interest is very high for an opening event and the one easier to sell with exception of the final.

 

I am going to stick my head above the parapet and say traditional fans will be the main reason why the Opener doesn't sell out. They won't travel in any numbers compared to attending the Magic Weekend at Cardiff. If 60,000 can travel to go and watch the clubs, I find it hard to believe they can't do the same for the World Cup Opener. If we got 2/3 of that figure, the opener would be a sell out.


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:50 PM

I think the traditional areas tend to buy closer to the day, the non-traditional areas are more likely to book in advance

 

Do people know many traditional area-based fans who are going to the Opener but haven't bought tickets yet?


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#1532 South Wakefield Sharks

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 04:22 PM

There isn't massive interest in the international game from existing rugby league fans. It is one of the reasons why Richard Lewis put so much emphasis on growing the international game & one of the reasons RLWC2013 have set out to attract new fans to the game through the World Cup.

I expect fans of club rugby league will jump on the bandwagon once the comp gets underway.

#1533 Saintslass

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 02:40 PM

Do people know many traditional area-based fans who are going to the Opener but haven't bought tickets yet?

When I first read your post I was one of those!  However, I've now bought my opening ceremony ticket along with a bunch of other tickets to the tune of £135 including a programme for the opening ceremony.  I'm now about to spend more cash on coach tickets! 

 

It is a real shame that more of the rugby league community don't support the international game.  Such a parochial attitude really undermines the sport as a whole.  One friend I stand with at Saints isn't going to any international games because it's unlikely any Saints players will be playing and she doesn't like Tomkins!  Once I'd picked my jaw up from the floor I said 'oh!' because frankly I was speechless.



#1534 RLX111

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 02:49 PM

When I first read your post I was one of those!  However, I've now bought my opening ceremony ticket along with a bunch of other tickets to the tune of £135 including a programme for the opening ceremony.  I'm now about to spend more cash on coach tickets! 

 

It is a real shame that more of the rugby league community don't support the international game.  Such a parochial attitude really undermines the sport as a whole.  One friend I stand with at Saints isn't going to any international games because it's unlikely any Saints players will be playing and she doesn't like Tomkins!  Once I'd picked my jaw up from the floor I said 'oh!' because frankly I was speechless.

Try and get her to the game at Langtree Park-it might open her eyes!



#1535 deluded pom?

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 03:44 PM

  One friend I stand with at Saints isn't going to any international games because it's unlikely any Saints players will be playing and she doesn't like Tomkins! 

Not even Roby?

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#1536 Evil Homer

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 03:49 PM

Not even Roby?

Laffranchi, Manu and Mose Masoe should also be playing at the very least, and I'm pretty sure Sam Tomkins isn't playing for every team at the tournament. What a stupid thing to say.


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#1537 TheBinman

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 04:32 PM

It's great to hear about decent ticket sales at the 3 big events if you like Cardiff, wembley and the final I still think the opening ceromeny is vital for this tournement and would like a little more done for this EVENT but I do realise that it's hard for Sally Bolton and the team given resources ect but if we can start this tournement off with a great ceromony, a sell out crowd even giving away 60 thousand flags or summut and make it a huge big game event then Wat that does is sends a huge message around not just to the non rugby league people but even our so called heartlands fans that not really interested, it will make everyone stand up and think actually i want to be part of this and selling games in hull, St Helen's, Warrington ect will sell it self and the rest of the tournement will be a much easier sell. Can't wait for this tournement to kick off not just seeing the Aussies kiwis but the likes of png, Fiji these exciting nations that we don't get to see regular that's Wat I'm looking forward to and ok we're not football or union but this is our World Cup lets be proud of our sport and get behind this because it would be great for our game to stage a successfull World Cup that we can build our domestic game on

#1538 South Wakefield Sharks

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 04:43 PM

Check out the RLWC2013 Facebook page and you'll see some plans for the opening ceremony. The dance programme for the World Cup will include 3,000 dancers and is costing £1m that they have secured funding from the Arts Council, Welsh Govt & Wooden Spoon society. That gives a bit of an idea about what we can expect. So I don't think we're looking at a couple of damp fireworks, a few fat lasses doing the splits & a half-time raffle.

#1539 TheBinman

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 04:48 PM

That's great to hear but I'm honest that's the first time of me hearing about that just like to see it been put out there more if you like, just believe its a huge huge game for the sport and a real oppitunity to ensure a great start to the comp, would be great to get some headline singers/groups at the game like I previously said think the flags giveaway would be great aswell

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 05:08 PM

Try and get her to the game at Langtree Park-it might open her eyes!

That's exactly the game I was trying to persuade her to come to!  I couldn't believe her reaction.  And she wasn't alone as a few others around us jumped in.  It beggered belief.  I haven't given up on persuading her though.  I'm sending irregular texts inviting her to Be a Bati for the night and saying she doesn't have to watch Tomkins because he isn't eligible for Australia or Fiji!







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