‘Pocket money’ tickets for future Pompey followers

LIGHTING UP The Spinnaker Tower will alternate between red, white and blue tomorrow to celebrate the fan-led takeover of Portsmouth Community Football Club. Pompey manager Guy Whittingham, marketing manager at the Spinnaker Tower Jenny Nolan, and club chairman Ian McInnes went to the tower to publicise the event. Picture: Sarah Standing (131144-1137)
LIGHTING UP The Spinnaker Tower will alternate between red, white and blue tomorrow to celebrate the fan-led takeover of Portsmouth Community Football Club. Pompey manager Guy Whittingham, marketing manager at the Spinnaker Tower Jenny Nolan, and club chairman Ian McInnes went to the tower to publicise the event. Picture: Sarah Standing (131144-1137)

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YOUNGSTERS who will be the Pompey fans of the future are being placed firmly at the centre of a match-day ticket pricing structure unveiled today by the new owners.

The management team at Fratton Park has revealed the new prices a week after the club came out of administration. And the team has revealed it hopes to announce the new season ticket prices as soon as Tuesday – a week ahead of schedule.

So far the only prices that can be released are for match-day tickets, as arranging a direct debit facility for fans wanting to buy season tickets is still ongoing.

Micah Hall, Pompey blogger and the club’s new engagement manager, said: ‘We’ve slashed our match-day prices for under-16s by 50 per cent, so instead of paying £10 they now pay £5 in all areas of the stadium.

‘The reasoning behind that is because we want to see not only Fratton Park full of kids, but we want to reintroduce the era of pocket-money football.

‘We want them to get their money from their paper round or whatever and use that to buy a ticket, not to have to rely on their parents to pay for them. We want to see teenagers who want to come to the football be able to come with groups of friends and be able to afford it.’

He also revealed the club is going to freeze match-day prices for adults at £20, and will be scrapping the five per cent booking fee.

This also takes out a substantial cost to the football club in the provision of buying tickets online.

The young person and OAP tickets will be frozen £15 with no booking fee.

Mr Hall added: ‘When we release the season ticket prices, which we’re looking to do on Tuesday, they will be competitively priced. ‘We can’t release them sooner because as the club has just come out of administration there are processes that need to be put in place for direct debits, which we couldn’t organise before taking over.

The News understands fans who are shareholders as well as previous season ticket holders will benefit from the new season ticket prices.

‘We went out and listened to fans, they told us what they wanted, and we have listened to them,’ said Mr Hall. ‘We’re going to do what they want.’