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Pompey announce 'platinum' scheme

Pompey announce 'platinum' scheme

Pompey have announced a new ticketing scheme for the coming season. Hold onto you hats as I am not sure you are going to like it - I do not to be honest...

If you want a ticket to watch the more 'high profile' desirable games at Fratton this season, which are classed as 'platinum matches' and include the likes of Arsenal, Chelski, Manyoo, Liverpool and 3 others you must buy tickets for the 7 corresponding games, the ones viewed as less desirable, these are 'silver matches' and they include Bolton, West Brom, Hull and Blackburn plus again 3 others.

Good news though - element of sarcasm here in case you did not get it! 'Gold matches' can be purchased independently, as can the 'silver matches'...

I am not an advocate of this idea at all, because the way I view it in essence you are being 'forced' to buy tickets for a game that you might not have wanted to go to to be able to go to one that you do - to be honest I think it's a disgrace!

I do find it frustrating that some fans decide to come along only when 'the big boys' come to town, but when others - their smaller brothers! - do they do not want to know but that is a personal choice, and each to there own I guess.

It makes no odds to me who we play as I will be there being a season ticket holder. In the past I would go regardless - if I could afford it and if I could get to the game, which living in Devon and having no transportation of my own could be difficult, but I will battle on with the trains this season.

At the end of the day my thinking is you go to games that you want to - assuming you can get a ticket.

This scheme appears to be taking away your right to pick and choose your own games and I cannot see how this 'benefits' the fans at all? How can basically 'forcing' you to go to one game in order to see another be right? You can argue that being a fan you should want to see Pompey more and more no matter who we play, but it does not work like that in the real word for a multitude of reasons...

Maybe you cannot afford to go to both games?
Maybe you would not be available on the date of the other game?
With kick offs changing all the time maybe this other game would then by unmanageable?
Quite simply, maybe you just do not want to go to the corresponding fixture - as a fan this is your right!

As said, I am a season ticket holder - and as also mentioned travelling will be tough, but I will manage - so this does not effect me really but it could well effect several others, and maybe those that 'might' have travelled with me? Who might not be able to now that this idea has been implemented!

Sorry, I do not like this scheme. I am very loyal to Portsmouth Football Club and more often than not back what the club does but I do not like this idea. Like I say it does not impact on me directly but the apparent 'forcing' of tickets upon you is something I do not like!

For those of you that might not have seen the idea, this is what the Pompey Site said on the matter...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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2008/9 HOME TICKET SALES

Pompey supporters buying tickets to the club's 2008/9 'platinum' home matches must also purchase tickets to the corresponding 'silver' fixtures.

For example, if fans want to attend the Manchester United game on Monday, August 25 they must also attend the visit of Hull City on Saturday, November 22.

2008/9 Coupled Fixtures (Platinum match listed first):
Manchester United/Hull City
Tottenham Hotspur/Middlesbrough
Newcastle United/Stoke City
West Ham United/Wigan Athletic
Liverpool/Blackburn Rovers
Chelsea/West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal/Bolton Wanderers

Tickets for the 'gold' fixtures against Fulham, Aston Villa, Everton, Manchester City and Sunderland can be bought independently.

Tickets can be bought by calling Ticketmaster on 0844 847 1898 from 10am on the day they go on sale or in person at the club's ticket office in Rodney Road.

For a list of when tickets go on sale, visit the Tickets - Home Tickets page.

Please Note: Platinum fixtures must be bought with corresponding silver fixture but silver fixture tickets can be bought independently. Refunds cannot be given. Where the platinum match takes place after its corresponding silver match, then the platinum match tickets can, subject to availability, be bought independently once the silver match has been played.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday August 1 2008
Time: 10:08AM

Comments

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I can understand it whilst we have a limited stadia capacity. There is no perfect situation & the compromise won't suit all.
storagematt
01/08/2008 10:13:00
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I don't care who we play really - but there are some games I can go to, and some that i can't. That is really the only thing that detemines whether I go to a match or not, and for half our matches, I have to be available for another one too, I just won't be going...
pompeycarpet
01/08/2008 10:15:00
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not being funny tho matt, this is being said as a season ticket holder yourself so you wont miss out on games - how is this fair on those that arent? you might not get a ticket for a game against manyoo, chelski or so on but at last you should be able to try without having to buy a ticket for another game as well... it should be the fans right to try and get a ticket against 'the big boys' without having to go to another game as a 'comprimise'...
pompeyrug
01/08/2008 10:17:00
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like i say im a season ticket holder so it doesnt impact on me, and myself i would go to any game anytime no matter who we play but not everyone is the same...
pompeyrug
01/08/2008 10:19:00
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I have a feeling that they saw the success of there "you have to go to atleast 3 homegames for an FA cup ticket" - that they now think they will have success here. Somehow, I have a feeling it could backfire...
pompeycarpet
01/08/2008 10:43:00
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Unfortunately as appears to be the case now though, the fans are the last consideration. With Sky dictating when the games are to be played. eg a good friend of mine had booked hotel accomodation on the Saturday night for the Man City game and Sky go and move it to Sunday, so she has had to cancel that and now travel back that evening rather than spending a night and coming back the next day. I know thats a single example, but with these fixtures changing at the drop of a hat, it is not always possible to be able to commit to another match several weeks down the line. I run a youth team playing on Sundays, so yeah I can spend my £100 for 3 tickets and get to the MU game that is said to be on on the Saturday but the Hull game could well be moved to Sunday due to a Eurpoean match on the preceeding Thursday, then great I could possibly not be able to go as my team have a fixture on the Sunday afternoon and I will loose the 3 ticket monies I have had to spoend out on.
blarmy
01/08/2008 11:26:00
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Well I am not going to fully go into one, if you want to read my thoughts then check out the forum. I am though very disapointed that the club would stoop to such a low level as this.
sneakay
01/08/2008 11:29:00
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I think this is disgusting, if someone wants to watch a game because they've saved pennies or have time around family and work for a change that they must fork out for two games as opposed to one!! Absolute Farce!! I'm a season ticket holder so it doesnt affect me but i feel for the people it will affect however i did want to buy my old man a Man Utd ticket as its on his Birthday but to do this i would also have to buy the Hull City ticket!! i cant afford two tickets straight away, i dont need the Hull ticket because im and season ticket holder and i dont have a clue if my old man will be free as he's in the forces!! and i cant return the thing. What a F***ing con!!! Some might say ''Well just sell it on'' thats besides the point, i shouldn't have to do that let alone afford two tickets! i bet the Man Utd one wont be cheap either - West Ham is Plantinum, dont make me laugh.
tommo3146
01/08/2008 11:30:00
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It could only be worse if they put Ticketmaster in charge of it.....no, wait....
Tantona
01/08/2008 11:56:00
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I'm livid. This is f&&king outrageous. Typical.....sod the supporters. I thought Pompey cared about it's fans...boll0x does it. Last season, my daughter and I couldn't get tickets for the BIG games so we went to Wigan, Sunderland, Boro, Plymouth, Everton, Birmingham - we just enjoy suporting Pompey, whatever the opposition. However, this season we bought membership on the premise that we'd be able to get tickets for the bigger games. I'm taking this up with Mr Storrie (when I've calmed down) because it should have been made public before the issuing of season tickets and membership schemes - on this basis the membership schemes have been mis-sold.
NinjaTim
01/08/2008 12:19:00
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