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Milan will remain at a mere 20!

Peter Storrie has promised that Pompey will resist the temptation to 'cash in' from Milan's visit to Fratton in the uefa cup.

In the summer Pompey laid out plans for set prices for the league cup and uefa cup, with these prices set a 20 for adults for all games - at least until the second lot of knockout stages of the uefa cup I think?

With Milan drawn in our group the temptation could have been to increase the prices, as this game will almost certainly sell out even if tickets were 40, let alone 20! But he has told The News that 20 is the price at which the tickets will remain: 'I promised people I would keep prices as they are and that's what I have done.

'Not a lot of clubs would follow that in the light of drawing out AC Milan.

'But I made the decision pre-season that I wanted to get full capacities for games in Europe so the prices have been kept low.

'Clubs have struggled to sell tickets in Europe in the past. We want to make sure we fill the stadium for all the games because we need that money.

'We have to pay for our travelling costs and everything that goes with it. That includes airfare, hotel expenses and to bring all our staff out to the matches.

'The prize money is ridiculous until you get to the quarter-finals. Let's get it into perspective - there is no money in the UEFA Cup.

'We need to have full houses at Fratton Park to help off-set the travelling expenses. We need everyone to come out and support us.

The uefa cup is most definitely the runt of a little brother to the champions league, where the riches involved dwarf that for uefa cup involvement, with little money involved until you reach the quarter finals - maybe, or should I say hopefully and more to the point fairly, the revised format next season will see this change?

Rather than doubling the prices Pompey have grouped both Fratton games together, so if you want to go to the Milan game you also have to pay for the Heerenveen game - you cannot do one without the other: 'it would be very easy for us to double our match-day prices for these UEFA Cup matches, but we aren't going to.

'Instead, they will remain at 20 for adults, with the tickets grouped together so supporters have to go to both group games.

'So for 40 they will get to see AC Milan and a Heerenveen team who just thumped Ajax 5-2.'

It is a shame that Pompey have had to group the games together, and I know that getting to the Heerenveen game might be difficult - even more so depending on the kick off time! - but you have to do something to try and ensure that those going to the Milan game are not just trying to 'jump on the bandwagon' of going to a glamour fixture and then having little interest in the other group game, or dare I even say many other Fratton games to be honest...

As far as I am concerned I am going to both games regardless - and as a season ticket holder know I will get a ticket, and almost certainly would have gone to both even if they had cost me 40 a pop as European nights do not come around everyday for Pompey do they, so I want to enjoy every single moment of this at Fratton, and as much of this in Europe as I can - sadly Braga looks a no go this time, but Wolfsburg is already well into the finishing touches phase!

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Date:Thursday October 9 2008

Time: 1:27PM

Your Comments

Coincidently enough, I'd pay no more than 20 for Ronaldhino's services.
Lysimachus
Good work Pompey on keeping the ticket cost at 20. This means being able to afford both tickets at once is possible, although some supporters may just ditch the second ticket thinking that 40 to see AC Milan is normal.
sneakay
+ tiketmasters bit. These games come along as know, once in a lifetime. You heaven & hell to get there. Forever Pompey.
storagematt
I made the plea in an article straight after the draw and I have been listened to. Great news and booking both together will save will save money on Ticketmaster.
eastneydave
sneakey - I am out of the country for the second home game (planned long before we won the FA cup...) - and I would say that n truth, I do think that 40 to see AC milan play IS good value... (although I would also really like to see the other game)
pompeycarpet
They said euro games would be 20 so I don't think they need any praise for doing what was said, now if they had put them up then there would have been an uproar.
pompeyyong
it'll be an early kick off then - seeing as the ageing Milan players need to get to bed early!
merlin
give our regards to Shevchenko - NOT!
merlin
Well said Yong. Carps, they seem to have got the ticket exchange up n' running so you should be able to offload the ticket for the second game OK. I do hope TicketShyster get their act together before the tickets go on sale. Called them this morning, by the way, (to get refund on Fulham as we can't make the Sunday and to book tickets for Wigan) and was put through to message re the Community Shield tickets!!!!....Waited an age and then got cut off....same thing happened several times over. Eventually, called PFC and they sorted it. I question the value of TicketShyster - they really are cr4p.
NinjaTim
it'll be hard for carps to offload the ticket cos it'll be loaded onto his season ticket card...
jbaker
the hard thing is... that's exactly what they DON'T want people to do - go to the AC milan game, and offload the tickets to other people. however i'm sure that one of my friends will go to the game against herenveen for me... and 40 is still fairly cheap...
pompeycarpet
Come on Pompey Bells! It really does not get any better than this. "Come on Pompey...Pompey come on! A C Miii --lan ...dee dee dee dee." I can hardly wait to hear what you sing... Come on Pompey! This is a fan thing!!!
Sindbad
I got my tickets for Milan today. Not too much of a queue. About 25 minutes at around 3.30pm. Nice girl - no, really nice girl in the ticket office served me. (Must keep her in a cupboard and wheel her out when they run out of nasty ones).
Gandor
 

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