FFS, we can’t have it both ways… If you want more games played at CSS and LO, you’ll have to pay a premium. Like many others have said, $30 to watch 160 mins of Rugby League over four hours is better than paying $20 to watch the latest 80 minute Hollywood offering which these days seems to be a remake, a comic book adaptation or a banal piece of crap.
$30 is too much. I don’t buy your movie ticket comparison. I think that movie tickets cost too much as well. I don’t think you can say, ‘they inflate their prices so we should do the same’.
What is the point of a club if the supporters of that club don’t even feel like they can afford to come to games? The club gouges its supporters with new jerseys every 3 months, steep ticket prices, ridiculously expensive soggy pies, average big screens and sponsors promotions that they pass as halftime ‘entertainment’. And we cop it because we love the club, but it isn’t a good deal and the fans deserve better.
The club justifies its prices because it is a ‘premium product’, but it isn’t worth it if the stadium is half full. The ticket pricing is also a poor financial decision because it ignores the long term consequences of inflated prices. If prices are too high then you cut out a generation of fans, and that generation doesn’t bring their kids to the game and none of them then buy jerseys and merchandise. So, it is short term thinking which has got the club in the position to get a crowd of only 13k despite everything being in place for a cracker game. Does anyone dispute the fact that the price of a ticket prevented some (and probably many) from coming to the game? And what happens when we don’t have benji Marshall anymore? Rugby League is digging itself a massive hole by treating its fans so poorly.
Wests tigers should cut the price of GA tickets and they should offer free or dirt cheap tickets to u/16 kids and they should do something to make food a viable option at matches. When they start getting too many people coming to games then it is fair enough to start thinking about raising the price of a ticket. But, the prices they are charging are prohibitive and this is working against the interests of rugby league. A rugby league club is a business, but its business is based on building its fan base and winning premierships. We are not Warner Bros and we are not even Souths (who are privately owned), so why should the club treat the fans so poorly?
I think all this crap about community outreach and improving marketing is peripheral to the key issue. Drop the prices and watch the crowds improve, it is a simple formula.
Look, I’m sorry, but if $30 is more than the Tigers are worth to you then I don’t need you as a fan. You’re not going to be there when they’re crap again, you’re not going to show up when it’s cold or raining or the oppo are too bad or too good. $30, with all respect to people who are really struggling, is not that much money.
On the other points:
New jerseys: don’t buy them if you don’t want them. I’ve got one Tigers jersey and I’m not short of cash. I don’t like the ones they’ve used for the past season and a half, so I haven’t bought one. Am I ‘less of a fan’ because of that? No.
Ridiculously expensive soggy pies: take a sandwich for goodness sake. Or eat before the game. Can’t you go 90 minutes without eating? Sunday was a 3pm kick off - what meal time did that cover?
Average big screens: cry me a river. If I wanted to watch the game on TV I’d stay at home.
Sponsors promotions that they pass as halftime ‘entertainment’: sorry, I care about this why? What do you expect for your $30? The best rugby league players in the world plus 12 minutes of U2 during oranges? I generally spend half time whingeing to my mates about how crap we’ve been first dig anyway, I don’t care what’s going on on the pitch.
Mate who the hell do you think you are. Accusing people who cannot afford the $30 as not being a real fan. My father has supported this team for more than 60 years, he has evry right to feel that the prices of tickets are too much. I believe you are the type of supporter we can do with out.
The comparisons to movies is not an approppriate comparison. The movie is not on at home for free,