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Wednesdayite Slam 08/09 Ticket Costs

Wednesdayite Slam 08/09 Ticket Costs

Fans' group Wednesdayite have slammed the latest price hikes for Wednesday season tickets next season - which could make them amongst the highest prices in the Championship.

The Owls have endured a torrid time on the pitch this season and are still in the thick of a fight against relegation, with their league status for 2008-09 still unclear going in to the final three matches of the season.

But just hours before the Owls' huge Championship clash with Plymouth Arglye last night, the club announced big price increases in season tickets for next season which have seen fans on Vital Sheffield Wednesday and across the internet message boards condemn the decision, with many insisting they just can't afford to buy a season ticket next season.

And Wednesdayite have acted quickly in offering a response to the price rises - which could see Wednesday fans paying over £500 for League One football next season.

Wednesdayite commented: 'Historically we have been sympathetic to the club's pricing policy as our ticket prices were well below the average for this league, in recognition of our debt and our desire to compete in the Championship.

'However, despite being promised that we would be challenging for a play off place this season we have sold a number of our best players and we have all been let down with a very worrying relegation battle on the back of a very difficult decade.

'We therefore cannot see any justification for rises of this magnitude being imposed on our very loyal and long suffering fans.

'Across the city we see prices substantially lower than ours. This is ludicrous and is a kick in the teeth for Wednesday fans and how can we expect to attract new youngsters - the fans of the future - when young Wednesday fans have to pay more than £100, particularly when young Blades get theirs for free?

The statement continued: 'We have received so many complaints already about these prices, the message boards are overflowing condemning them and you would think they would be doing all they can to fill those empty seats to try to generate a better atmosphere and reward fans for their fantastic support over the years.

'Several clubs in the Championship are reducing or freezing prices yet we have a double digit increase!'

The current takeover talk surrounding the club rolls on as the Owls battle against the drop.

And Wednesday chief executive defended the price rises and explained on that Owls boss Brian Laws' budget could well be shaped by the number of season tickets sold for next season.

He said: 'As always, season ticket sales go a long way to determining the manager's budget, to allow him to strengthen the playing squad. Therefore, we look forward to your continuing excellent support and buying your 2008/09 season ticket.'

What do you think to the price increases at Wednesday for next season? Have YOUR SAY on the official Vital Sheffield Wednesday message boards by CLICKING HERE

Date:Tuesday April 15 2008
Time: 1:52PM


Agree completely it's a disgrace that the ticket prices have gone up after the season we've had
15/04/2008 13:58:00
DISGRACEFUL. Encourage fans my backside he means blackmail brian laws budget depends on season ticket sales lower or freeze the price wednesday if you want more in not increase it £1.50 A MATCH NOT GOING TO BREAK THE BANK I KNOW. BUT THE PEOPLE I FEEL SORRY FOR MORE IS THOSE WHO PAY ON MATCH DAYS £24 A TICKET ON KOP . SHAME ON YOU SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY SHAME ON YOU. £366 ON KOP FOR POSSIBLE LEAGUE1 FOOTBALL ITS NOT HAPPENING FOR ME AFTER 30YEARS OF being a season ticket holder i feel its like a kick in the teeth.
15/04/2008 14:46:00
i agree with the sentiments of the wednesdayite statement, but i will not be preached to by them, it sounds to me, and maybe im being a tad cynical, that they are trying to clean there dirty name by appealing to our pockets.... well **** them. ill still pay (begrudgingly) whatever swfc want
15/04/2008 15:06:00
OR sell our best players if we don't buy season tickets,
15/04/2008 15:24:00
It cost £25 to sit in the West & East Stand Lower at Manchester United, i can see why we will be charging a pound less than them next season as Hereford at home isn't quite as popular as playing Chelsea! F****** joke!!!
15/04/2008 15:46:00
Unless the club no something that we dont?
will it ever happen
15/04/2008 16:01:00
Another example of the absurdly incompetent idiots that run the club. Last year they said we would challenge for the play offs but then promptly sold our best players and we ended up in another turgid relegation battle with 20,000 empty seats. Oh yeah and the universally hated ID card scheme is still in place. I rarely go now and I will not even consider buying a season ticket again until a completely new management is in place.
15/04/2008 16:16:00
the fans have shown faith standing by the club, where is the good faith from the club following your awful season?
The Fear
15/04/2008 16:35:00
If you take an average of £400 a season ticket and theres 13000 holders ( about that this year) then thats 5.2 mil. >> surely with the 6 mil we have got for players this year the board shud think about subing. our long suffering fans by at least be freezing if not dropping prices. Shambles.
15/04/2008 16:57:00
If Brian Laws budget depends on season ticket sales, does this mean that the takeover aint happening. Surely there would be a decent wage budget irrelevant of season ticket sales if the takeover happens
15/04/2008 17:15:00
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