Date:Monday April 23 2007
The latest poll on Vital Sheffield Wednesday asked whether fans were for or against the ticket increases for next season - and the results are in.
The club have recently announced increases of £2 per game accross the ground from next season on individual matches and increases of up to £20 extra on season tickets for the loyal Wednesdayites to watch their beloved Owls next term.
But the decision has been met with mixed views from Vital Sheffield Wednesday members - with the majority of 62 per cent against the move, and 38 per cent in favour of the move.
The club made the decision to increase prices on the basis of strengthening the squad for a promotion push next season and also to provide 'good value for money' in comparison with other clubs in the division.
Owls boss Brian Laws said: 'Our players are a young and talented group on the whole but we are obviously keen to strengthen in that department as much as possible.
'Success on the pitch can only be achieved with quality throughout the playing squad and you will drive that. Season ticket sales will determine a large proportion of next season's football budget so I would urge you again to continue your excellent support and buy a season ticket to help us achieve our goals.'
And chairman Dave Allen said: 'Our season ticket packages for the new season have been benchmarked against a wide range of clubs and I believe that they provide good value for money.
'Next season should be one where we can go some way to achieving our goal of getting back to the Premier League.'
But the decision has been met opposition by many Vital Sheffield Wednesday members.
swfcjambo said: 'Big protest going on to get premiership clubs to REDUCE the price of tickets, then SWFC put them up! Lets see a reduction in prices ACROSS THE BOARD!'
CompostBin said: 'Wednesday fans can't shop around for the best deal or value, there's only one place to go and that's Hillsborough! If prices get too high for an Owls fan, there are no alternatives, Netto don't do football clubs. If you're out, you're out! End of story.'
Auckland Owl said: 'Gate money alone won't get you a new team, as you know. Ticket pricing schemes need thought, not just 'bang another couple of quid on, everyone else has''
But many have also acknowledged the club's current crippling debt, and insist that the only way the club can gain extra money is for a rise in ticket prices to help fund transfer fees and wages for new players.
Duds said: 'Wednesday are a club with massive debt, A price freeze was unthinkable. The only way to make funds availible for new players was a price increase'
And haxeyowl said: 'There is a problem that even if seats were free. we would not fill ground at moment, so the only other option is to make money from the 20,000 that turn up every week, and if we are going to have a promotion push next year, then we have to get money from somewhere. Where are the 41,000 that speant all that money going to Cardiff 2 years ago?'
Wednesday fans certainly can't complain that they're not getting value for money at Hillsborough this season. The team are on the verge of the play-offs thanks to a superb run of eleven matches without defeat and Hillsborough has seen more goals than any other Championship club this season.
But it will be interesting to see how many tickets have been sold when they club announce details in the pre-season. The price rises and the introduction of the ID scheme to go with season tickets could well see a reduced sale of season tickets, despite the improved football on the pitch.
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Date:Monday April 23 2007
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