Port Vale: Valiants to launch season ticket initiative
PORT Vale are promising fans a discount on their season tickets if they reach 5,000 sales for the next campaign.
The club sold 3,500 season tickets for the current campaign, but new owners Paul Wildes and Norman Smurthwaite believe there is potential for more support.
And they would sooner get more money in before the start of the season so they have a better idea of what their budget will be.
That's why they are planning to offer season tickets at a lower price if 5,000 pledges are received for the 2013/14 campaign.
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The club are set to announce the prices and officially launch their 5,000 campaign in February or March.
The offer would include the chance to pay in interest-free instalments.
Smurthwaite said: "We are trying to make it as cost-effective as possible for fans to come and watch games within their budget.
"It would also be better for us as a club to sell more season tickets because it helps us to budget too.
"We will also be encouraging fans by allowing them to spread their payments over several months.
"The goal is 5,000 season ticket sales, and if we can get that the price will be cheaper than if we only sell 3,500."
The club's average attendance this season is 5,101, including the 3,500 season-ticket holders.
Non-season ticket-holders must pay £21 in the Lorne Street stand or £20 elsewhere in the ground on a matchday.
However, the club are offering supporters mini-season tickets to cover Vale's remaining 10 home matches of the current campaign.
Prices are £165 for adults (£176 for Lorne Street), £126 for seniors (£137 for Lorne Street) and £61 for children (£71 for Lorne Street).
Vale have sold 120 of the mini-season tickets in the last few days, bringing in £14,000.
Meanwhile, the club are to make the Valiant Suite in the Lorne Street Stand open to all supporters after home games for the rest of the season.
The suite, which is the club's main banqueting hall, will be used for the presentation of man-of-the-match awards after games.
Smurthwaite says he is keen to encourage as many supporters as possible to attend the ceremonies, use the facilities, and generate money for the club through improved bar takings.
Supporters will just need their match ticket to gain admission to the suite, capacity permitting.
Vale are also opening up the suite on January 24 so fans can follow the club's away game at AFC Wimbledon, which is to be screened live on Sky Sports.
Admittance will be £5, which will include a pie and a pint or a soft drink.
Tickets for the event are available from the club ticket office or main reception.
ADMISSION to Port Vale's fourth-round FA Youth Cup tie at home to Everton next Tuesday will cost £5 for adults and £2 for under-16 supporters.
However, it is free for under-16s who are accompanied by a full-paying adult. The match will kick-off at 7pm.