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Ticket Prices Announced

It’s a sad day at Viva Towers today as the inevitable has finally sunk in, watching Rovers may no longer be financially justifiable. The club today announced their matchday ticket prices for the coming season with a new scheme of categorising matches as well as seating areas to try and maximise revenue. Obviously it is a measure the club feel they have to take in order to compete financially with the other team’s in this division and so we can hardly begrudge the decision. But on a purely selfish level I would much prefer to be able to afford to watch the club I support regularly.

The price scheme announced for the club will see matches in the 2010-11 season placed in to three categories; 1, 2 or 3 to be confirmed at least six weeks in advance of each fixture according to the official Rovers website. The stadium seating itself will remain in two categories; The central sections of all four stands will continue to be regarded as Category A seats, whilst the ends of each stand and corner sections will be categorised as ‘B’. Prices are outlined in the tables below.

‘A’ Seats

Category 1

Category 2

Category 3

Adult

£28

£25

£15

Concession

£21

£18

£10

Under 16s

£18

£15

£10

Under 11s

£14

£11

£5

‘B’ Seats

Category 1

Category 2

Category 3

Adult

£25

£22

£15

Concession

£18

£15

£10

Under 16s

£15

£12

£10

Under 11s

£9

£6

£5

The prices of attending a football match at this level are struggling to remain justifiable for those on low to average incomes. For exiles such as myself, once you factor in transport/travel costs to the game then unwavering support becomes diluted by financial reality. Last season I attended half of all Rovers games, and at these prices I can only really see that figure dropping for the current campaign. Of course I do not blame Rovers for this, they are just ensuring they remain competitive in a ludicrously financed world. And until the Football Association takes its head out of the sand and realises that the money needed to fuel inflated wages just isn’t there. Someone has to pay for the greed of those at the top, but should it really be the folk coming through the turnstiles?

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About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.

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