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What, No Student Prices?

What, No Student Prices?

Vital Sheffield Wednesday forum member, and disgruntled student, NicNac has her say on the Owls' decision to scrap student season tickets this season.

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Adult, Under 11, Under 18, OAP, Under 21… what, no student prices?

This was the bizarre list I was confronted with when trying to figure out how much I would have to pay for a season ticket to watch my beloved Wednesday next season.

After being exiled down South for a year, I was looking forward to moving back to Sheffield and being in a position to watch the lads on a more regular basis. Imagine my shock when I discovered that apparently I don't fit into a category which is deserving of a discount, despite being a student.

Why should someone who is six months younger than me (but who may be in a full time job) be able to buy a season ticket at £288, when I (a 21 year old student whose only source of income is a student loan) have to pay £419? A difference of £131! Baffling to say the least.

Even our friends across the city offer student discounts to anyone producing a valid NUS card, something every student gets anyway.

Why can't the board see what kind of revenue they are missing out on? Sheffield has one of the largest student populations in the UK, with around 55000 new students every year. We also have one of the highest student retention rates in the country, with around a quarter of students staying in the city after graduation. Surely this is something Wednesday should be capitalising on, as students could easily turn into full price 'adult' season ticket holders.

Then again, we wouldn't be Wednesday if we did things the easy way...

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Writer:Nick
Date:Monday June 18 2007
Time: 11:52AM

Comments

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Excellent read Nic, just glad I'm not a tax dodging student anymore!
nickswfc
18/06/2007 11:55:00
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Well thanks! I don't know how other clubs compare on the student discount issue. There must be other clubs who don't offer one, but I'm sure the vast majority do...
NicNac
18/06/2007 12:10:00
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Yeah, good point well made Nic, and I totally agree with you.
Smurf
18/06/2007 15:13:00
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Why £419 ? I have just paid about £70 less than that and I am 35 and full time working.
haxeyowl
18/06/2007 15:26:00
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At Millmoor last season, our student prices were the same as seniors. Have no idea this season as they haven't been released yet. The season ticket prices are the same as seniors. You know, until recently we had no student prices at all. Certainly seems daft not having student prices in a City where there are two University's!
herringthorpe
18/06/2007 15:33:00
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Haxey, sorry I should've said on the North stand ;)
NicNac
18/06/2007 15:38:00
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why on earth would they allow student reductions, when they can charge full prices. they dont care about students, so glad i'm not one anymore
pandapops
18/06/2007 23:34:00
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They should 'allow' student reductions for precisely those reasons outlined in Nic's final paragraphs. Top article.
Auckland Owl
19/06/2007 00:01:00
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I HAD TO PAY FULL PRICE AND PAY TAXES SO STOP WHINGING!
FUTURES BLUE N WHITE
19/06/2007 11:44:00
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Thanks for that Futures, you're a real nice guy.
Auckland Owl
19/06/2007 22:13:00
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