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Improving attendances next season

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The largest crowd for a home game this season was, if I remember correctly, around 3400 for the Toronto game.

That means that, on average, 1400 Fev fans are choosing not to attend each home game, if you take 2000 as an average over the remaining games.

I think the club could do a lot more to encourage higher attendances.

Personally I think we should be letting children below a certain age in for free. My reasoning is thus: I have two kids, so to get them into a home match costs me £10, plus maybe another £5-£10 keeping them entertained with food and drink. For me, I'm reluctant to pay £10 each time because at the minute they're too young to be properly into the match, but I know that with time, they'll "get it" and start to take notice organically, without me forcing them. If it was free to take them, I wouldn't think twice about taking them to every home match. That's more likely to secure the club 2 season ticket holders in the future than if I take them to the odd game when I think £10 would be worth it. I wonder how many others would agree.

Also, why not do one home match per season (first home game, for example) as free entry for all, have the players out in town giving away tickets. 

What else do you think the club could do to increase attendances?

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The other year Mansfield Town let everyone in free but asked them to make a donation any amount they wanted they got there biggest crowd for years. Also remember if we average 2k it wont be the same 2k every week

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3 minutes ago, gingdong said:

The other year Mansfield Town let everyone in free but asked them to make a donation any amount they wanted they got there biggest crowd for years. Also remember if we average 2k it wont be the same 2k every week

I'd be interested in how that Mansfield attendance compared with others in the same season, and how much they made compared to a normal week's takings.

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Kids free is a great idea. 

What about mini season tickets too? Any 6 games for the price of 5.

Make the standard season ticket prices so effectively you get 2 games free.

Pick a local school each week and give free family tickets away. Even if each weekend only gains a couple of longer term fans, it's well worth it.

Have a couple of "Fev Fests" during the year. Live bands before and after the game.

Try the fanzone concept again, bounce castles, small rides, hook a duck etc 

How about a match day creche. Drop your kids while you enjoy the game

I'd also allocate one stand for away fans only and close the railway end for smaller games. Getting the Fev massive bunched together makes for a better atmosphere.

What about volunteers selling bottles of ale/pop at the front of the stands? All you need is a bin full of ice and a cash box.

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I used to live in Flamborough and still came to home games. Next to where I lived was a holiday camp filled with caravans. At the weekend the camp in Summer was full. Being so near I frequently strolled through the area with my dog. I used to see loads of Fev supporters in the camp. When they are paying a fairly large amount of rent for their caravans they are not going to miss. The reason for my statement is to enquire if you might think it better to change the match day or time ? If we gave them time to get home on a Sunday they could still come or maybe a Thursday? One thing I would do is to make the beer and spirit prices competitive with pubs. That would attract some extra income. Any season ticket owner would benefit. At the moment lots of pubs are visited by supporters before the match. With regard to children I would put a season ticket on sale that covers them for two years at a discount price. I would also have facilities available for them to play on match days. On other days their season ticket would get them into the event.

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Agree with the beer prices thing. What about "happy hour" prices before 2:45pm that match or beat pub prices?

BBQ at reasonable prices too, with some decent music playing. Create a party atmosphere.

The entertainment doesn't need to be just on the pitch. We've got plenty of space to create a socialising zone like Batley's, we just need to give fans an incentive to spend a good chunk of the day at the stadium.

 

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Maybe expand the range of drinks too and get some better quality stuff in than fosters and Strongbow.

I'd buy cans of pre mixed G&T and my missus shifts prosecco like it's pop.

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Lowering the bar prices may get more drinking in the bars before and after the game rather than them going to eg Last Orders but  isn't going to persuade many to cough up £20 to save 20p on a pint.

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I've got mates with a passing interest with RL, who don't attend any matches. Some are Fev fans, others support Cas, Leeds etc. Doing some kind of "bring a mate" games, or even giving away X number of free tickets per season ticket, might just persuade those casual RL fans to choose Fev as their team and get them coming again of their own accord.

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5 hours ago, hrtbps said:

I'd be interested in how that Mansfield attendance compared with others in the same season, and how much they made compared to a normal week's takings.

cant remember the figures it was a few years ago but the crowd was easily there biggest of the season and i know monetary aspect worked out nearly the same as the other league games, Basically they broke even but got several thousand more fans through the gate

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2 hours ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

Lowering the bar prices may get more drinking in the bars before and after the game rather than them going to eg Last Orders but  isn't going to persuade many to cough up £20 to save 20p on a pint.

I don't know how much the difference is but on your figures let's say the guy drinks three pints and all games at home plus other meetings come to 10. That's around £6. PLUS the amount the customer saves on having a season ticket instead of going through the turnstiles. Surely there is a saving there worth looking at?  What is the difference between paying at the turnstile and being a member? I am not sure where your £20 figure comes from.

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3 hours ago, jamescolin said:

I don't know how much the difference is but on your figures let's say the guy drinks three pints and all games at home plus other meetings come to 10. That's around £6. PLUS the amount the customer saves on having a season ticket instead of going through the turnstiles. Surely there is a saving there worth looking at?  What is the difference between paying at the turnstile and being a member? I am not sure where your £20 figure comes from.

To get through the gate.

I thought the idea was to get more folk at games given the title of the thread? Dropping beer prices and getting someone coming to the game anyway to drink in the ground rather than at, say, Last Orders, whilst potentially giving the club a bit extra profit, doesn't improve attendance figures!

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I also suggested different dates for matches and how to get more children attending. The part your referring to was to increase income  which of course is allied to more people entering if they bought season tickets. Please see original entry. What people take up on is up to them.

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Keighley Cougars are offering free season tickets to all under 16s next year.

Come on, Longo and Campbell. You know this makes financial sense!

 

 

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2 minutes ago, hrtbps said:

Keighley Cougars are offering free season tickets to all under 16s next year.

Come on, Longo and Campbell. You know this makes financial sense!

 

 

York have let under 16s in free last season and this.

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On 8/27/2018 at 9:14 PM, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

To get through the gate.

I thought the idea was to get more folk at games given the title of the thread? Dropping beer prices and getting someone coming to the game anyway to drink in the ground rather than at, say, Last Orders, whilst potentially giving the club a bit extra profit, doesn't improve attendance figures!

We went to the fan's forum and a pint of Fosters(like watter) and a tonic water was £5.10p which is rediculous if you say want 3 or 4, and they wonder why the club house after the games as dropped off. 

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2 hours ago, MADREDNIGE said:

We went to the fan's forum and a pint of Fosters(like watter) and a tonic water was £5.10p which is rediculous if you say want 3 or 4, and they wonder why the club house after the games as dropped off. 

I generally go to the White House and drink Taddy Lager at £2 a pint then go to the Last Orders for a few cheap pints before going to the Cappers bar for a two pinter .Once got conned into the Happy hour there thinking drinks would be very cheap but was charged £3.10 instead of £3.60 a pint wow!! .Live and learn I surpose.Unless they can compete with the other pubs won’t be spending loads in there again every home game.

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All these ideas might help, especially free entry for children, but realistically crowds are only going to increase significantly if we’ve got a winning team which is playing decent rugby.

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Don't lets bury our head in the sand regarding this subject. As with the bulk of sports today, the spectators are an ageing population. Just look around the stands and there are not all that many youngsters. Sign of the times I am afraid, phones, laptops etc. . There will have to be some massive innovative ideas within the sports scene, notably our game, in order to make money or, even survive.

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