In a world where prices seem to be rising for most things at the moment, it’s reassuring to know this isn’t the case at AFC Portchester for the 2021-22 season.
The club have REDUCED their season ticket prices for the forthcoming campaign - and season ticket holders from the curtailed 2020-21 campaign will be given a free season ticket for the new season.
And the work of staff in the armed forces, emergency services and NHS has been recognised through the offer of concession prices for these groups for season tickets and matchday tickets.
The club’s committee felt it was important to recognise the tough times everyone has been through due to the coronavirus pandemic by setting ticket prices which would encourage as many supporters as possible to purchase season tickets, while also reflecting the challenging financial times we are currently living in.
As a result the committee agreed to CUT the price of season tickets for the 2021-22 campaign - something almost unprecedented in football at any level for the season ahead.
Adult season tickets for the 2021-22 season will cost £50 - a reduction of £10 on the last campaign. Concession season tickets will cost £25 - down £5 on last season.
Under-18s will still be entitled to free entry to all first team league games during the 2021-22 season.
AFC Portchester chairman Paul Kelly explained: “We feel it is important that our pricing structure on season tickets reflects the times we are currently living in.
“Everyone has had such a tough last year or so - many people have lost their jobs or been put on furlough. Yet despite these tough times the support we have received from our fans and the community has been phenomenal.
“Therefore the club’s committee felt it was important that we gave something back to people to say thank you for that support over the last year but also to help as many people as possible to still be able to enjoy football at an affordable price in these tough and uncertain times.
“This move to cut season ticket prices is pretty unique - across all levels of football right up to the Premier League I’m not seeing clubs cutting back on their ticket prices to help the fans.
“Being able to see all 20 of our home league games next season for £50 as an adult, with free entry to under-23s, under-18s and ladies games, and for £10 less than last season, is fantastic value for money.
“We also wanted to recognise the important role staff in the NHS have played during the Covid pandemic, as well as the ongoing efforts of our armed forces and emergency services personnel.
“Therefore all staff working in these organisations will now qualify for our concession prices on season tickets and matchday tickets.
“And let’s not forget that under-18s effectively get a free season ticket at AFC Portchester as entry for those in this group is free.
“People know our aims and ambitions as a club and the signings announced so far show the continued investment being put into the playing squad.
“These are exciting times at the club and I hope as many people as possible are able to take advantage of our reduced season ticket prices for the forthcoming season.
“Your support is crucial to us and that is why we have reduced season ticket prices for 2021-22 - we recognise the tough times people have been going through and we want to do all we can to support those who support us.”
Season tickets can be purchased from the Crest Finance Stadium now or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The club have also confirmed their matchday ticket prices for the 2021-22 season.
Entry for adults will be £7, concessions £4 and under-18s get in free.
Season ticket prices
Concessions: £25 (OAP, NHS staff, emergency services and armed forces personnel)
Season ticket includes:
* All first team league games
* Plus free entry to all under-23s, under-18s and ladies league games played in the stadium
* Priority window for season ticket holders for any ticketed events
Matchday ticket prices
2020-21 season ticket holders: You will get a free season ticket for the 2021-22 campaign in recognition of the disruption and curtailment of last season. To claim your free season ticket you need to bring your 2020-21 card to the club so it can be swapped for a 2021-22 card. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Concession tickets: NHS, armed forces and emergency services staff looking to claim concession prices for season tickets and matchday tickets need to produce their photo ID card to claim these.
Cup matches: For first team matches, all season tickets are valid for league matches only. Due to FA and league rules season ticket holders will have to purchase matchday tickets for cup matches.