Your thoughts on Norwich City freezing their season ticket prices for 2015/16
PUBLISHED: 12:34 18 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:34 18 January 2015
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Norwich City fans will not be forced to pay out more to watch the Canaries play next season, after season-ticket prices were frozen for the 2015/16 campaign.
Here's how you reacted to the news...
The cheapest season-ticket price for adults in the Barclay Stand and Thorpe Corner for the 2015/16 campaign is £499.50 – excluding the £19 voluntary academy donation – before the deadline, but if fans wait to renew until April 6, this goes up to £556.60 and after May 2 it will be £585.
The cheapest season tickets for other ages groups in the same area are £305.50 for over-75s, £338.50 for over-65s, £220.50 for under-21s and £126.75 for under-12s.
The adult price works out at £21.72 per match in the Championship – and won’t change if the club is promoted back to the Premier League.
Next season will see the club celebrate 80 years since the first match at Carrow Road against West Ham United on August 31, 1935.
David McNally, chief executive, said: “Our ground has been the stage for some great and historic moments in not just the club’s history but also the history of English football over the years – especially because of the uniquely passionate and colourful atmosphere created by generations of Canary fans across the decades.
“As a special thank-you to our supporters, the board is delighted to have frozen ground season-ticket prices for the second consecutive campaign.
“Your support has meant everything to the club since Carrow Road first opened its gates and is still just as vital now as we all get behind Alex Neil and the team in the weeks and months ahead.”
Last season the club froze prices on most tickets, but left some to dig a little deeper – but this year all prices are unchanged.
During the 2013-14 season the club boasted one of the highest occupancy rates of stadia in the Barclays Premier League, reaching 99.95%.
Here are some of your Twitter reactions:
• @Andy8h: “Should be reduced while in Championship. We’re still paying more than most other clubs so not really a big gesture from club!”
• @dapboy: “A little insulting to say prices frozen after 80th Anniversary. We are after all still paying Premier prices.”
• @ady_king180: “We are still paying premier prices in championship. Prices should be dropping not freezing....”
• @Footie_Cath: “Feel as though we’re expected to show our undying gratitude when in, all honesty, it’s the least the club should’ve done! #ncfc”
• @cromercanary: “Considering we already charge more than every other championship club for S/Ts anything different would have been a travesty.”
• @BigGrantHolt: “Quite apt they are frozen. I couldn’t feel my fingers in my season ticket seat last night.”
• @anitajbyrne: “pleased but then in hindsight remembered I was paying premiership price for this season, the response was more games in SBCL”
• @mobymooby: “Ok if we get promoted otherwise we’ll still be paying Premiership rates for a 2nd yr of Championship football.”
• @freddie1319: “great news and gesture by the club. everything is going up so great these prices have frozen!! Would renew regardless”
Season ticket holder and Canaries columnist David Powles’ reaction:
In five years the cost of my season ticket in the Barclay End has risen from £389 for 2010/11 to £499.50 this season and next, if I chose to renew of course.
That’s a rise of £110 (or 28pc), which may seem steep on the face of it.
But the most important thing is whether I feel that, at around £21.72 a game (should it be Championship football we’re watching in 2015/16), following the Canaries still provides good value for money.
And the answer to that particular question is that I do.
Of course, with the club’s on-field struggles of recent years a bit of shine has undoubtedly been taken off the pleasure of watching them week in, week out.
But unless you chose to follow one of the European giants, you have to accept that for most supporters there’s often as much disappointment as celebration when following your beloved side.
One interesting element of today’s announcement is the timing. Two weeks ago many city fans were down in the mouth, unhappy at the club’s fortunes.
Proclamations from fans that they were ‘thinking of giving up their season tickets’ was a common one on the many message boards and social media.
But the mood music changed when Neil Adams was sacked, Alex Neil came in and got his new career underway with a fantastic victory against the Championship league leaders.
Within the week these prices were revealed and whether that’s a coincidence only the club will know.
In reality it matters little because over recent years city supporters have shown themselves to be truly loyal and prepared to back their club through periods of success - and otherwise.
I’m sure that will be the case once more.
• Season tickets can be renewed from today at the Carrow Road ticket office and the club stores at Chapelfield or The Mall, by calling 0844 826 1902 or online by visiting www.canaries.co.uk
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