Season ticket prices and why
Season ticket prices for the 2011/12 season have been announced with them now on sale to existing season ticket holders at a reduced 'early bird' price until the end of the month.
There is, compared to what we paid this season if we are honest, a significant increase really but this season was a substantial drop on the season before - and with more games.
Next season is still a fair amount cheaper, and again for more games, than that final premier league season but still, as said, a fair amount higher than this season.
The prices, and explanations of them and how we go about paying for them, were explained on The Pompey Site - see below...
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2011/12 Season Ticket Prices
Pompey fans can get their hands on 2011/12 season tickets from 11am tomorrow (Friday, March 18).
Sales will be in different stages with existing season ticket holders given first option to purchase their seats for next season at a special early bird rate.
They will have until Thursday, March 31 to take advantage of this offer before seats go on general sale from Monday, April 4 until Tuesday, May 31.
Existing season ticket holders will have until Thursday, April 28 to renew their seat before it is made available to other supporters.
Pompey commercial director Lucius Peart said: "This season Pompey fans have once again shown they are the most passionate in the country and we hope they continue their fantastic support next season.
"There has been a slight increase in prices from this season due to the rise in VAT and payment of a levy to The Football League.
"Despite this, we feel the prices offer value to our fantastic fans, while also making good business sense. We have also come up with some improved payment plans to make buying a season ticket more affordable."
During the first phase of sales, seats can only be bought by cash, cheque (made payable to PFC Realisations Ltd) or by using Zebra Finance (application forms will be available to download and from the megastore shortly). Supporters can either purchase their tickets by post or in person from the Frogmore Road ticket office.
In the second phase of sales, supporters will also be able to pay by credit/debit card, by calling 0844 847 1898 or online here.
2011/12 Season Ticket Prices:
Fratton End/South Stand/North Stand - Adult
First Phase: £450 - £19.56 per match
Second Phase: £499 - £21.69 per match
Fratton End/South Stand/North Stand - Junior
First Phase: £200 - £8.69 per match
Second Phase: £225 - £9.78 per match
Fratton End/South Stand/North Stand - Unaccompanied Junior
First Phase: £225 - £9.78 per match
Second Phase: £250 - £10.86 per match
Fratton End/South Stand/North Stand - Senior/Young Person
First Phase: £300 - £13.04 per match
Second Phase: £330 - £14.34 per match
Family Enclosure - Adult
First Phase: £340 - £14.78 per match
Second Phase: £380 - £16.52 per match
Family Enclosure - Junior
First Phase: £115 - £5.00 per match
Second Phase: £140 - £6.08 per match
Family Enclosure - Unaccompanied Junior
First Phase: £140 - £6.08 per match
Second Phase: £165 - £7.17 per match
Family Enclosure - Senior/Young Person
First Phase: £200 - £8.69 per match
Second Phase: £240 - £10.43 per match
Season Ticket Q&A
Why have season and matchday ticket prices been increased?
The rise is due to the change in the rate of VAT from 17.5% to 20% over the course of this season. In addition, Championship clubs have to pay a 3% levy on all season and matchday ticket sales to The Football League. This means that the club has received less money than expected from ticket sales this season.
Once we have taken into account these factors when setting the season ticket prices for next season, the club will only be receiving an additional £1 per game for a top-price adult season ticket and less than £1 per game for those in the Family Enclosure. For seniors and juniors this amount is considerably lower.
The club feels that this is the minimum increase that they can offer fans for next season.
Last season we significantly reduced season ticket prices by, on average, in excess of 30%. The new season ticket prices are still over 20% cheaper than the 2009/10 season which included four less home games.
Why are season tickets going on sale now?
Last season we were unable to put season tickets on sale at this time due to the club entering administration two weeks earlier. This season, however, the club is in a position to put them on sale at the usual time.
Why can credit/debit cards not be used for payment in phase one?
Last season, due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of the club, the merchant service provider would only allow the administrators to use these methods of payments on the basis that the money from these sales would be released to the club after each home game had been played.
The club is currently renegotiating these terms and we hope to have these payment mechanisms in place for the second phase of season ticket sales.
As a result of this, the club have negotiated with Zebra Finance to offer our fans extended payment terms as compared to those offered for this season, due to season tickets being put on sale two months earlier.
What payment plans are available from Zebra Finance?
There are three interest-free plans with payments over either four, five or six months compared to one three-month plan available for this season. In addition, there is an interest-bearing instalment plan over 10 months, compared to six months for this season.
This gives fans the option to spread the cost of their season ticket over a considerably longer period than this season.
Why is the club introducing Category A pricing for next season?
The club has decided to classify no more than six games next season as Category A matches. These will obviously be the more popular fixtures that fans wish to attend and by doing this we want to encourage more of our fans to be season ticket holders, so that they can enjoy a larger saving against matchday prices.
Why is there no separate pricing for seats in the Milton End?
Both home and away fans pay the same price in the Milton End and this season away fans visiting Fratton Park are paying the cheapest price in the Championship.
For security reasons some games require us to offer the whole of the Milton End to visiting fans and this allows the club to recover some of the increased stewarding and policing costs involved with these matches.
Well, there go.
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