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Bumper ticket sales pack Goodison

11/08/2014  Comments (14)  jump

More than three out of every four seats at Goodison Park have been filled before the first ball of the 2014/15 season has been kicked as Everton today reveal bumper Season Ticket sales.

Buoyed by the performances of Roberto Martinez's men last term and with anticipation building for what can be achieved next time out, Blues fans have wasted little time in guaranteeing their seat for all the home action next season and the impressive figures mark the highest pre kick off ticket sales in the Premier League era.

On top of a massive 97 per cent of supporters renewing their Season Ticket from last season, Goodison Park will welcome over 4,000 new Season Ticket holders through the turnstiles this year. And, with over 30,000 seats pre-sold, it means that limited tickets will be available on a match-by-match basis.

Sales of hospitality memberships have also reached a five-year high with Evertonians keen to experience the award-winning dining facilities and atmosphere in Goodison's fantastic and affordable lounges.

Robert Elstone, Chief Executive of Everton Football Club, said: Season Ticket sales are the bread and butter for every football club so to be in this position before a ball has been kicked is fantastic. After nine sell-outs last season, these sales figures mean we're confident we'll beat that for the new campaign.

We were all excited last year by the way we played, the impact of our young players and a long list of great results. Goodison was a great place to be. And, I know we all believe there's even better things in store for the season ahead, not least the return of European football.

It's a big challenge but one we're all up for. We're certainly looking forward to more of those full houses and even longer list of special days at Goodison Park.

Evertonians can still purchase a 2014/15 Season Ticket with prices starting from 149 for juniors, 544 for adults and all Under 11s only 95.

To buy yours today, call 0871 663 1878, drop into Goodison Road Box Office or Everton Two or visit evertonfc.com/seasontickets.

 

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Tony Abrahams
1 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:28:26
Could be problems getting a ticket when we get to Wembley now. How many does that stadium in Krakow hold?
Jamie Southern
2 Posted 11/08/2014 at 22:03:43
Great news, and very happy to see the club maintain it's junior prices. With a bit of help from Bobby Martinez, we're on the up.

But I can't help wondering how much higher the number of sales would be if so many of the "unsold" seats weren't restricted view. I often hear figures of 50-60,000 mentioned as a capacity for a new stadium - I had my doubts, but these latest figures make me think we could fill that number after all.

Gareth Fieldstead
3 Posted 11/08/2014 at 23:52:20
That is still a huge jump Jamie. Let's see if they beat last seasons 9 sell outs before predicting we could fill a 50, 000 stadium. I have my doubts. A restricted view would not stop me going. I think we have a core of 30 to 35 thousand who would generally go whether we are playing good football like last season or the woeful football under King Wally. Much more than that is the glory hunting crowd who will turn up if we are potentially going to do something ie CL or a trophy.
Derek Knox
4 Posted 12/08/2014 at 00:03:47
Jamie and Gareth.

You are both right in a way, being truly optimistic (listening Phil?) and also being realistic, we have to repeat last season or better it, to even start thinking about a new stadium, or increasing capacity (limited) of our existing arena.

European success, and the riches that come with that, would certainly make that a possibility, but surely that invites added pressure to repeat that qualification each and every year, which is not always possible, because other sides are aiming to do exactly the same, and are most probably better funded. (Are you listening, Bill?)

Karl Masters
5 Posted 12/08/2014 at 00:31:59
We would easily average 50,000 without restricted views and lower prices for some of the disadvantaged in society.

A 55,000 plus capacity would allow us to lower prices from exorbitant levels of now. I don't care if we are cheaper to watch than many other clubs. If you took a ٢ ticket from 1991 (and that's all it cost to stand back then) and added inflation you would get a price today of around ٥.50! Even allowing for having a seat to sit on, the cheapest price now of 㿏 or so is well beyond many people.

Elstone says its our bread and butter, but who's he kidding? It's more like a snack on the income scale. TV money is 75% minimum of Everton's income.

And don't believe all that rubbish about it costing so much to bring the world's best players here. Bayern Munich, best team in Europe, you can get a season ticket from 𧴪 if you are a club member!

The Premier League is not the best league in the world, but it's the best marketed.

Most sobering thought is that the average Premier League fan is 42 years old. I'm sure it was much lower in the past. I predict stair lifts at Goodison by 2030!

Kieran Fitzgerald
6 Posted 12/08/2014 at 06:44:22
Karl, 35 quid is beyond a lot of people. Even if all you do is go straight to the game and home again without stopping off somewhere for a pint or food. It would be most of my indulgence money gone for the week and I'm on a decent enough wage here in Dublin.

While the club is right to announce that season ticket sales are up, they must realise that it is becoming harder and harder for people to make the decision to buy or renew when the tickets are released. I don't know what the cheapest adult season ticket is but 544 quid for a season ticket is a big ask. If the average age of a match goer is 42, then he or she is much more likely to be facing other big bills such as mortgage repayments, school costs, savings and pensions and so on. Regardless of whether or not you have saved up all year for your season ticket or are going to just put the cost on your credit card, in the current climate it must be getting harder for people to not divert the money towards a necessary spend. In May or June you're looking at family holidays. In August there's the cost of sending your kids back to school.

I would be interested to hear what the club is doing to attract those in their late teens and early twenties who have a lot of disposable cash and of the financial responsibilities that others have.

James Byrne
7 Posted 12/08/2014 at 07:52:38
Although this is great news for the club and the coffers overall, the club haven't got a clue when it comes to the basics of customer service. I've received one of three season tickets that I've been purchasing for years now!

Yesterday I decided to call the club to find out if the other two tickets were missing. After being left for 2 hours on hold and twice just cut off while waiting I gave up. Suddenly the EFC phone line was then a voice recording of what sounded like the woman who cleans the toilets, saying they were having trouble with BT!

I emailed in the end and got a reply saying the other two season tickets should be in the post next week. Why couldn't all three just be sent at once FFS! Piss poor service and not good enough.

Jamie Southern
8 Posted 12/08/2014 at 08:25:45
Gareth, you're right about the jump in sales - which I put down to the more attractive football on offer compared to previous seasons.

I also see your point about the hardcore fan base, but don't underestimate the loyalty (and spending power) of Blues who have moved away from the area - especially people like myself who moved away because wages are better darn sarth and now have a decent despoible income.

Because of my circumstances, I don't know until a few days before a game if I can make it and by then the only tickets left are behind pillars. So I don't go.

A couple of seasons back I sat in the LG in a seat that had a foot wide pillar literally RIGHT in front of my seat. I drove for 9 hours (in total, there and back) at a cost of 㿲, paid 㿊 for the ticket, and ٣ for parking. Over 𧴜 and 9 hours driving and I got that.

The next game I went to I sat in the main stand becasue the view was better (although there were still two pillars spoiling my view). Having always sat in the LG I didn't realise how bad the leg room was in the main stand. I'm 6ft, so not overly tall, and my knees were getting crushed on the wooden seat in front. Again, well over 𧴜 and over 10 hours driving (because of bad traffic) for that.

That was the end for me. I've had enough. It didn't help that both games were bore draws!!

There have to be many more like me who would dearly love to support the blues on a regular basis, and would be happy to spend the money required to do so if only they could actually watch the game with out needing x-ray specs or a knee op afterwards!!

Patrick Murphy
9 Posted 12/08/2014 at 09:19:31
Despite the moaning about the ’Early Bird’ deadline it is the best way to obtain a seat at a comparatively reasonable price given that a mate of mine decided he wanted to attend the first two matches of this new season and it cost circa 䀆. which if he was to pay for each game at similar prices would cost circa 𨀊 for a full season - a big difference compared to a season ticket bought before the ’Early Bird’ deadline.

If you register with Everton as a customer on the website it gives you access to a colour-coded view of each stand and highlights the best seats available at any given point although it doesn’t explicitly state which of the ’poorer’ seats are obstructed views - but if people are travelling long distances it might help them to choose a seat of better quality than one they are given at random by the box-office staff.

Kevin Tully
10 Posted 12/08/2014 at 09:56:36
Credit where it's due, those 䀋 season tickets for kids is a brilliant initiative by the club. Shocked to see we were quite expensive for an adult season ticket, with the cheapest coming in at 𧻘, but Arsenal fans cannot buy a season ticket for under �! Incredible.

Here are the costs for a season ticket club by club ;

Link

As the slogan goes – 'Football without fans is nothing' – clubs need to be realistic about their pricing.

Erik Dols
11 Posted 12/08/2014 at 10:47:18
What is the maximum number of season tickets we are allowed to sell? I think it is something like 90% of the total capacity for home supporters? We have a max capacity of around 40,000 seats, 10% allocated to away supporters, so 36,000 home capacity. That would mean 32,000-ish as the maximum of season tickets to be sold. Is this correct? Or do I have to eliminate the 'official' restricted views from this equation? Anyway it seems we're close to selling out on season tickets.
Tony J Williams
12 Posted 12/08/2014 at 12:16:54
James #7, the different posting times is probably due to the names. Sent alphabetically etc.
Thomas Lennon
14 Posted 13/08/2014 at 12:12:27
Got to agree that we could sell many more if prices were cut. I cannot afford to travel and pay 㿏 per match with my son – 𧴜 per match. After 5 years of wage cuts in the public sector the squeeze is being felt severely by millions, there is literally no spending money out there for most who have to pay a mortgage, raise a family and are sat at the top of their pay scale.

To sell upwards of 30,000 season tickets now is incredible – 50,000 seats would be sellable as long as various price points were used, and prices adjusted after that as the economy improves

Bobby Thomas
15 Posted 13/08/2014 at 18:50:15
Always said if we got the club rolling we could fill 50k, no problem.

This city lives and breathes football and we have, mainly through self harm, held ourselves back for 2 decades.

All things need to be in harmony, but if we could get that workable, beneficial ground move boxed off, and its in line with on pitch progression and good management, watch us go.


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