Prices frozen for next season

PUBLISHED: 14:56 14 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

BELEAGUERED Ipswich Town season ticket holders got some long awaited good news today with the announcement the clubs has frozen prices for next season.

BELEAGUERED Ipswich Town season ticket holders got some long awaited good news today with the announcement the clubs has frozen prices for next season.

The Super Blues will keep the cost the same as this year as long as fans commit to either renew or purchase their season tickets by Friday, June 28.

In addition the club has also pledged to hold the same prices for the following season 2003/4, even upon promotion to the Premiership, for all those commit themselves before next month's deadline.

"Your club needs you". That was the message from Town chairman David Sheepshanks as he outlined how vital the fans would be next season.

In the Premiership gate receipts accounted for only about 20 per cent of the club's income, another 20% came from commercial activities and 60% from lucrative television deals.

In the first division the percentages will be almost equal with each of the three cornerstones contributing the same amount.

Mr Sheepshanks said that relegation will cost the club and estimated £15million.

"Our fans will be very important for us next season, and we are determined to do everything we can to go straight back up.

"We know it won't be easy – the first division is a very tough league, but everything we are doing this year is geared towards that aim."

Mr Sheepshanks praised the fans for their unstinting support.

"The support you have all provided over recent years has been inspirational both at Portman Road and on our travels at home and abroad," he said. "You have played your full part in building the special reputation that the club now enjoys, that however has to include being winners on the field and that is what we are all determined to be again come August."

There is also good news for our senior supporters as the Club has taken the initiative of lowering the age for concession prices from 65 to 60 for both men and women.

School children are also set to benefit as apart from the Club continuing its very competitive pricing for its younger supporters (from £95 for a season ticket), up to 450 schools throughout the region will be invited to enjoy first team football at Portman Road up to twice each in the season at a price of £3.00 per child.

Match day prices have been reduced by 50p per ticket in all categories for those fans who purchase their ticket the day before the match. Tickets purchased on the day will be £1.00 higher.

Phil Ham, Star columnist and editor of the fanzine magazine Those Where The Days, said: "I think it was pretty much what most people expected really. It is the same as what happened when we went down in 1995.

"I don't think that people will be up in arms about prices. I think a rise would have annoyed supporters. The club's position (of Premiership wages to players) means that they wouldn't afford the drop in prices. But in real terms, per game, it is a drop. I don't think supporters will be surprised."

He said because of the new increased capacity ground some fans won't get a season ticket and instead decide to pick and chose which matches they attend.

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