SEASON ticket holders who want to renew by credit or debit cards will have the chance at Fratton Park next week.
Portsmouth Football Club has been embroiled in a battle with credit card firms to have money from season ticket sales given to the club in one lump sum, rather than in instalments.
Pompey’s business plan to help tide the club over the summer months, when there is no income from the entry gate, has been based around the season ticket money, but only if all of it is handed over in one go.
Now the club has struck a deal that will enable Pompey fans to renew their season tickets with credit and debit cards.
It will act in exactly the same way as if a fan used a credit card for any other purchase – they would owe their credit card company the money, and their payment would be protected should they not receive their ticket for any reason. Fans are also being offered a finance deal to pay for their ticket over a number of months without racking up interest charges.
Pompey chief executive David Lampitt said: ‘Portsmouth Football Club is very pleased to announce that a deal has been agreed in principle with a merchant service provider allowing supporters to renew their season tickets with credit and debit cards.
‘As these are new arrangements we will now be performing technical testing of the system to ensure it will be operational next week.
‘We anticipate this will be concluded on Tuesday morning.
‘It is therefore planned that seats will be available for sale by this method from midday on Tuesday.’
The news comes after the Pompey Supporters Trust issued a statement calling for the club to allow credit cards to be used.
It states: ‘We realise this means that the credit companies involved will pay the money via instalments, similar to this season, but the alternative is that these fans do not renew their season tickets at all.
‘No business plan is worth alienating customers in this way.’
The club plans to operate extended opening hours, with extra phone lines being provided to cope with the anticipated demand, although opening hours and contact details are yet to be finalised.
Every ticket office window will be open, as will the ticket pods dotted around the stadium. Season tickets will go on general sale from May 6.
The club is also launching an Introduce a Friend Scheme. It means anyone renewing their season ticket in the early-bird window who introduces a new season ticket holder will receive a 10 per cent rebate for themselves and their friend.
And every fan who buys a season ticket during the early bird period is eligible for a season ticket prize draw.
A pair of season tickets will be raffled off for every 1,000 tickets sold in the period.
FANS are set to be able to renew season tickets by credit or debit card from midday on Tuesday.
Seats can be renewed in person or on the phone. There will be no on-line sales.
Season ticket renewals for South stand including the family enclosure will be sold on Tuesday. Fratton end ticket renewals will be sold on Wednesday and North Stand renewals on Thursday. There will be no sales on Friday. Supporters will be able to renew their seats in any of the three stands on Saturday.
Opening hours and contact numbers will be confirmed on Tuesday. Season tickets will go on general sale from May 6 when credit and debit cards can again be used. A £5 administration fee will be charged per card transaction.