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is it time to give away fans a discount ?


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#1 coolie

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 05:27 PM

From what i can gather poor turn out at the mount today between rugby leagues closest most clubs.
i think a way forward would be "season ticket holders away for a fiver"
imagine how an offer like this could give championship rugby a shot in the arm.
just think how many fev leigh halifax would travel
its like giving them free travel or at least a tenner towards it.

clubs are going to do some kind of gimmick to buck the trend of falling gates.

this could be an option

#2 Blind side johnny

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 05:51 PM

Some novel ideas are surely required in the Championship and this could be one. It would need the concerted co-operation of all clubs though, but where there's the will........

 

A gate of just over 1000 at batley today (I honestly thought there were fewer than that there) on a lovely afternoon isn't encouraging and KN admitted in his programme notes that they were viewing the attendance with some aprehension. Clubs can't just wait for things to pick up, initiatives are urgently required.


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Posted 02 June 2013 - 06:49 PM

Some novel ideas are surely required in the Championship and this could be one. It would need the concerted co-operation of all clubs though, but where there's the will........

 

A gate of just over 1000 at batley today (I honestly thought there were fewer than that there) on a lovely afternoon isn't encouraging and KN admitted in his programme notes that they were viewing the attendance with some aprehension. Clubs can't just wait for things to pick up, initiatives are urgently required.

 

I don't think its money saving ideas that will sort things out. Realistically the club are charging rock bottom prices as it is (except for seated kids which is ridiculous) but fans are simply not bothering to turn up and I am not convinced it's the gate price that is the defining issue.

 

I think the stark reality is that a prospective fan would rather go watch Super League than Championship Rugby.

 

I have said this before, but people don't take it seriously - But we need to link up with a SL club, have a multi season ticket scheme going and play on different days. The reality is the entire game would have to be restructured and that is not going to happen.

 

Some might say that we should simply market the game toward local families and local interests and accept that the days of packing out a ground are long gone, and are probably never coming back.


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#4 RPH

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 07:18 PM

hows about playing on a Saturday afternoon?...where did the RL get the Sunday is best idea from ?...

#5 Blind side johnny

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 07:44 PM

hows about playing on a Saturday afternoon?...where did the RL get the Sunday is best idea from ?...

 

 

I've suggested this too a few times but it seems to be bluntly rejected by most fans, unfortunately.

 

Sunday was chosen originally to minimise the clash with soccer but that is now mostly irrelevant.


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#6 coolie

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 10:18 PM

wasnt typing it out again..so for all who dont visit the doggy site

its not about when its played

its about the money it costs to come,there is more stuff to do rather than coughing up ya brass
for a few pints and a game for example take my mate piggy

is going to halifax,goes on the supporters bus between £5-£10 if you fill the bus
5 pints @ £3 couple of burgers £6 & a programme £2.50

£18 + £10 + £15 + £6 + £2.50 = £51.50

not saying for one minute the tight wad could hold 5 pints..but its an example ;)
i dont know many folk in dewsbury or batley has that kind of expendable money for a few hours pleasure on
a sunday afternoon.

you have flexmaster on our forum moaning about having to pay full price for his kids to sit down
think clubs are missing the problem thru fear of what is to be lost..which is justified
because at the end of the day it is a business..but times are desperate for batley & even dewsbury to a degree
batley have limited fund raising as in bars,car boots and functions,but yet get by with a better squad that has been more sucessful
in recent years.personally the problem is like an enigma to dewsbury fans the question of ''where does our money go'' & the other question ''how do batley do what they do on what they get''
i just hope im never in the big chair for a million quid and asked either question...cos ill be going home with nowt.

clubs need the season ticket money,but need the floating weekly money because it the RFL wisdow games are stretched out for some team to the point
of farse.gone are the days of home,away,home,away week after week..and in reality the lack of regular games thats what killing the championship
and thats where the lack of interest is starting,because other things are filling the times,like all fans how many of you have
looked at the fixtures when booking holidays,parties even weddings & christenings...cos if im honest i have
and planned events around games,but since the disjointed fixtures of recent season come out i just look to see what match clashes with what event.
then you start hoping well theres a clash there..but hey game might move thursday for T.V

thats why the clubs must work something out to pull more fans in

only solution i can think is ''away fans in for a fiver''

in reality if you cant go away to follow your team for £5...youll never travel for £15 plus expences.

#7 Griff

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 12:56 PM

It's a tough one. There's only so low you can go.

We're charging £8 (down from £15) for our quarter final v London.

Some of those people paying £8 would have come for £15, so it's like stuffing £7 into their pockets.

Suppose 800 would have come at £15 but they come for £8 instead. We need to attract 700 who wouldn't have come at all to make up the difference. I'm not sure that we will do that.
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#8 bearman

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 03:23 PM

I visited the Tetley Stadium yesterday for the first time. Here's a bit of criticism which I hope people will take in the spirit of constructive criticism.
I drove up and was directed into the visitors car park at the SW corner of the stadium. I am a pensioner and fairly able to get around but had my wife been with me she would have struggled. The entrance for concessions was as far away as it was possible to be. I had to walk 3/4 of the way around the ground to the concessions gate. On arriving there I was directed back the length of the main stand to the booth to buy a programme. I was told that they were not for sale in the stadium ( they were!). Back I went to the concession gate, then I wanted something to eat and the toilet. Again I was directed to the burger van inside the gound at the other end of the main stand on the NE corner. The toilets were then up two flights of stairs. ( on the way out I noticed that there were toilets adjacent to the concession entrance.)
I know that there is a lot of building work going on and hopefully things will be better when that's completed.
On the plus side everyone I spoke to including those that gave me duff information at least smiled, that didn't happen at Doncaster or Halifax. I suspect that those stewards are more used to dealing with belligerent soccer supporters than friendly RL fans.

Edited by bearman, 10 June 2013 - 03:24 PM.

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#9 NickD

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:30 PM

I visited the Tetley Stadium yesterday for the first time. Here's a bit of criticism which I hope people will take in the spirit of constructive criticism.
I drove up and was directed into the visitors car park at the SW corner of the stadium. I am a pensioner and fairly able to get around but had my wife been with me she would have struggled. The entrance for concessions was as far away as it was possible to be. I had to walk 3/4 of the way around the ground to the concessions gate. On arriving there I was directed back the length of the main stand to the booth to buy a programme. I was told that they were not for sale in the stadium ( they were!). Back I went to the concession gate, then I wanted something to eat and the toilet. Again I was directed to the burger van inside the gound at the other end of the main stand on the NE corner. The toilets were then up two flights of stairs. ( on the way out I noticed that there were toilets adjacent to the concession entrance.)
I know that there is a lot of building work going on and hopefully things will be better when that's completed.
On the plus side everyone I spoke to including those that gave me duff information at least smiled, that didn't happen at Doncaster or Halifax. I suspect that those stewards are more used to dealing with belligerent soccer supporters than friendly RL fans.

Interesting comments bear man, but thanks for turning up. Next time come and stand with us in the south stand. We're right by the car park and have our own bar, burger van and programme seller all next to each other and the deluxe toilets are on the ground floor right next to the entrance. I think it's the fact that the good socialists in charge have chosen to make it harder for them that can afford to sit down....

#10 Griff

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:37 PM

Interesting comments bear man, but thanks for turning up. Next time come and stand with us in the south stand. We're right by the car park and have our own bar, burger van and programme seller all next to each other and the deluxe toilets are on the ground floor right next to the entrance. I think it's the fact that the good socialists in charge have chosen to make it harder for them that can afford to sit down....

Some of us struggle to stand up for the best part of two hours ......
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#11 NickD

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:46 PM

Some of us struggle to stand up for the best part of two hours ......

Me too, but i have found it easier since I cut out the pre match pints...




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