CAFC re-introduce free offer
"The club has decided to repeat last year's sensational offer to provide a season's top-flight football at no extra charge if the Addicks are promoted at the end of the 2008/09 campaign."
It could have been a bit more sensational of course subject to one or two little wrinkles but credit to Derek Chappell and the rest of the board for allowing common sense to prevail. For fans in the lower North they will actually see reduced season prices, equating to £12.60 a game, which is cheaper than a gig or a trip to the theatre.
It does appear that the board are going to tinker with matchday tickets, with up to £30 for some games which sounds steep. Which games would these be? Palace? Fulham? Watford? QPR? This is all to encourage fans to buy season tickets and not pick their games, which following my own little survey does look to be a favoured option for Addicks' next season.
This season's crowds have been excellent despite recently being inflated by counting non-attendant season ticket holders. 17,784 current season ticket holders is testimony of sensible pricing by the club and I guess we wait to see what response they get this summer after the dust has settled.
Looking around similiar clubs in terms of geography in our division, all encourage young fans with deals as cheap as £10 for U12's at Ipswich. In fact our £99 offer is one of the less generous that I saw.
Our most expensive seats in the central areas of the West Stand bear scrutiny amongst our peers, with relegation threatened Southampton being the highest (£644) and Norwich the cheapest (£427).
However our Covered End lower tier offering of £290 is the cheapest by some margin. To sit in the Sainsbury's at Sellout is £330, and only if you'd 'renewed' before Christmas! The price to renew now is £460, although Jordan has currently frozen prices awaiting their end of season fate.
Cheapest adult tickets at QPR are £365, Southampton £370, Ipswich £368, Norwich £350 and Watford £387.