Ipswich Town Football Club drop in season ticket sales

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  1. dan5

    dan5ModeratorStaff Member

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    Ipswich Star is reporting a drop in season ticket sales of 15% or approximately 2000. Full article below...
    The EADT and Ipswich Star understands that, compared to this time last year, there is a 15% decrease in sales – a drop from around 12,000 to close to 10,000.

    It continues a worrying trend, with the club having seen a decrease in season ticket sales of around 1,000 last summer too.

    The Blues have just finished 16th in the Championship – the club’s lowest final position in 58 years – and appear to be treading water ahead of a 16th successive season in the second-tier.

    Owner Marcus Evans has been criticised for a lack of investment, while manager Mick McCarthy’s perceived negative tactics have been under the spotlight following a distinct lack of entertainment value at Portman Road over the last 18 months.

    The club increasing their adult season ticket prices by 1.5%, moving the senior concessions start age from 60 to 65 and putting Under-11s season ticket up from £10 to £50 sparked anger, and may have the been the straw that broke the camel’s back for some.

    Town pledged that if 12,750 season tickets were sold by August 4 then all those who have purchased a seat for 2017/18 will receive a 5% refund, but that target always looked highly unlikely.

    An adult season ticket, purchased before the ‘early bird’ deadline (which was April 17), costs between £423 and £674. Those that paid by direct debit last season had their season ticket automatically renewed and, unless contacting the club to cancel, had their first monthly payment taken on Monday.

    The capacity at Portman Road is 30,311, with Town’s average league attendance last season 16,981 (15th out of the 24th Championship clubs). The highest attendance was 25,684 for the 3-1 Easter Monday win over Newcastle, while the lowest was 14,661 for the Tuesday night visit of Wigan in April – the worst for a league fixture this century.

    And those official figures include all tickets sold, rather than those physically through the gates.

    It’s understood that Blues officials are now discussing a number of ways to try and make match day attendance more appealing. Dropping an on-the-day surcharge of £2.50, lowering U23 prices and offering flexible game bundles are all on the table.

    It is rather surprising the figure isn't much lower although I am a little sceptical of how true the figures actually are.
     
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  3. martinc

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    I don't really do football, but poor performance by ITFC reflects on the town so it impacts on me, I like to see them do well, and recall the days when they did. But hey, this bit of the report is a gem;
    It’s understood that Blues officials are now discussing a number of ways to try and make match day attendance more appealing. Dropping an on-the-day surcharge of £2.50, lowering U23 prices and offering flexible game bundles are all on the table.

    Even I can see that this is a ridiculous comment, just play better football and win more games, that's the solution! it's not rocket science...
     
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    dan5

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    It is absolutely absurd but if Ipswich Town were doing well it would boost the town's economy. If ITFC got promoted to the premiership, the town would unlock more investment and the tourism industry would almost double. This is excluding the club itself. It wouldn't matter if the football club just shied away from relegation back into the championship, never winning anything or getting entered into any cup competitions. This is how significant football is in the UK... doesn't really matter with any of the other major sports such as rugby and cricket etc.

    I would like to see a crowdfunded buy-out of Ipswich Town Football Club; this won't happen if 10,000 people are still buying season tickets.

    That is indeed the solution. People forget football is just a business. ITFC was acquired as cheap promotion not to make it great. People don't seem to realise very few billionaires exist wanting to buy up clubs and waste money with overpriced players to win silverware.  Mick McCarthy is relatively cheap and willing to put up with a team with no money spent on players.
     

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