Rob wrote:Sneag wrote:EdwinstoweStag wrote:Amber Andy wrote:They want to see better quality on the field, but begrudge paying a bit extra for it. I think this idea that JR should foot the entire promotion project is wrong. I echo what already has been said, there are ways to attend cheaper but some just look at the dearest price and moan.
But surely the point that is being made is if the prices are attractive together with better performances on the pitch, then the numbers will INCREASE - thus contributing to "the 100% Backing of SE" pledged by the Radfords.
I think there are two separate issues here. Not many regulars would be surprised or even begrudge a price increase on ST or adult premium tickets by way of our contribution to Evo's warchest. I fully expected my ST to go up and wasn't bothered in the least by the prospect, so getting the early bird was a very pleasant and unnecessary surprise (but I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth).
BUT the walk up price for U18 is stupidly expensive, it will deter U18s from coming, and has been said over & over this is the demographic that will secure the long term future of the club. The aspect I find really puzzling about the clubs attitude, is that unaccompanied U18s paying on the gate must make up a tiny part of the clubs fan base at the moment (simply because the club actively discourages them from coming), so the club really would have had nothing to lose & everything to gain by making U18 walk up prices as cheap as possible.
The £7 with a QLE membership is a great price, but it's requiring a teenager (remember how your brain worked as a teenager) to cough up money up front for a membership & commit to going to all the games to recoup their upfront costs. The teenage brain just doesn't work like that.
I do, of course, agree with you and Doomy over junior pricing, however, I do think as a parent of a 15 year old, if I wanted them to get into the ground cheaper I think I would buy them the QLE membership and would remind them to get their ticket before the game. £7 then represents outstanding value. I do think it should be £7 anyway, but if it was the club would lose income from away support as they would have to charge the same. The membership scheme is a way around this. It is impossible for the club to please everyone, but in the QLE scheme they have given the opportunity for cheap admission without affecting income gained from, say, 300 U18 Notts Co supporters etc, etc.
Pre supposing that the parent a) has any interest in supporting their kid, b) has any interest in supporting Stags.
Put any kind of obstacle in front of a teenage kid & they will simply revert back to their phones/I-pads etc and not bother trying to negotiate the hurdle.
If the club don't want their support, then fine but don't be bitching later that the crowds aren't as high as they'd hoped, and as fans we need to stop taking the piss about the age of Notts County's fan base, because we are getting equally geriatric in make up.