I've voiced my concerns in an earlier post, but it's done now, so lets make the most of it!
Halifax is fairly central, and a nice town, so let's maximise the day! I don't go to RL internationals because they stink too much of Super League, but I got a cracking deal on the World Cup Final. I got 4 tickets, 1 concession and 3 kids, for £20, plus we all got a free beanie hat each. At those prices it seemed mean not to take my grandkids. It seems the RFL are trying to fill the ground to advertise the game.
Instead of bumping up the prices, the Championship Clubs ought to concentrate on trying to fill the ground. If they made ticket prices attractive, especially to neutral supporters, many would come, new deals could be struck with the caterers in view of the extra customers, and a full house would look great on TV. Empty seats being shown on TV is a bad advert for any sport.
Let's play the final on a Saturday or Sunday tea time and re-arrange all other clashing fixtures other than those in the afternoon where neutrals could still get to the Shay. Let's make the ticket prices very tempting, sell the majority of seats to neutrals, and save the standing areas behind both sets of goals for the finalists! Beside advertising the game, it would give all Championship fans a good day out without costing them the earth!
It would also be a good idea for Calderdale Council to put special afternoon events on in the town at places like the Piece Hall. Eureka, etc.
Edited by Steve Slater, 16 February 2013 - 09:12 AM.