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Title: Season Tickets
Post by: Dipdodah on May 08, 2021, 02:07:10 PM
Any statement due, concerning season ticket and parking passes?
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: oxo on May 08, 2021, 06:27:51 PM
No statement regarding anything Mick, read on the other site people are booking for meals in the Ellendar bar yet there has been nothing saying when it is opening coming from the club. Something needs to get the interest back or they will be moaning at the lack of uptake of season tickets.  UTP
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: lonegunman on May 09, 2021, 09:46:16 AM
Not just the season tickets, there's hardly anything coming out of the club. I work with people who have lost all interest in football.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Dipdodah on May 09, 2021, 10:39:09 AM
Not just the season tickets, there's hardly anything coming out of the club. I work with people who have lost all interest in football.  Come on Boston, interact with the fans. If it's only to say things are okay. What we need is something to keep the fans interested,  else they will get out of the habit of supporting the club.  Us die hard fans are not the problem.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: York Street Pilgrim on May 09, 2021, 09:50:23 PM
Not just the season tickets, there's hardly anything coming out of the club. I work with people who have lost all interest in football.

Maybe some of the staff at the club have been furloughed? (Might account for the lack of updates)?
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Pete B on May 10, 2021, 09:38:00 AM
Craig did tweet out a photo of the new bins the other day! What more do people want?!  ;D
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Bodge on May 10, 2021, 08:47:58 PM
I expect they are waiting to see if restrictions are going to be fully lifted prior to the new season.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: York Street Pilgrim on May 11, 2021, 06:36:55 PM
Craig did tweet out a photo of the new bins the other day! What more do people want?!  ;D

That was a load of rubbish though.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Dipdodah on June 03, 2021, 09:44:43 AM
Any statement due, concerning season ticket and parking passes?

Any news please
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Pete B on June 03, 2021, 09:47:50 AM
Any statement due, concerning season ticket and parking passes?

Any news please

Nope.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: noughtyforties on June 04, 2021, 09:01:21 AM
A cynic might suggest the fans are now seeing where they are in the clubs list of priorities.......... announce VIP & hospitality packages before the season ticket prices.

Don't worry about us, we just turn up every week, season in. season out.

I'd guess they are at last years prices but knowing how football clubs work they'll probably up them.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Mad Dog on June 04, 2021, 09:18:16 AM
... or they may be waiting to see how Boris's plans work out - but whatever the reason, they should be offering some explanation for the delay and giving some idea of the expected timescale.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Ernie100 on June 04, 2021, 12:11:17 PM
Admission prices have risen so I expect the price of a season ticket will also, but they should, at least, give us some indication of when they will be available.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Pete B on June 04, 2021, 01:37:49 PM
Yeah, for anyone who didn't know, the club did actually publish ticket prices for the 2020/21 season, even though we were obviously never allowed in:

Adult prices were/are:

West Stand seating: £16 / Hospitality seating: £45 (no concessions)
Town End: £14

No prices given for the east stand as it wasn't built but I would assume it'd be the same price as the Town End going forward.

Car parking was set at £3 per match, per vehicle.

No idea if those prices are staying static this season. On another note, we were never formally offered refunds on the streaming service were we? I know the vast majority of fans would have said "keep the cash" (as I would have), but it would've been nice to have had the option, even just as a courtesy. Maybe I missed it.

EDIT - Sorry, ignore me, this was stated clearly upfront! I just missed it....

"Starting the season (and the streaming service) is a big financial commitment for the club, so all passes purchased for 2020-2021 are non-refundable should the season suffer a delay – or curtailment – due to the Coronavirus pandemic."
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Pilgrim86 on June 14, 2021, 05:52:56 PM
https://www.bostonunited.co.uk/news/sales-launched-for-existing-season-ticket-holders-2623578.html

All those who did not ask for a refund on their season ticket last season should have an email from the club with details on renewing a the early bird rate.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Oakham Pilgrim on June 15, 2021, 09:13:59 PM
Got my email today and have dealt with it. Car parking is £50 for the season which seems pretty good to me, given that most of us don't know yet what else is available locally.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: oxo on June 15, 2021, 09:57:53 PM
Yes paid for my season ticket and parking   UTP
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: bostonwoody on June 15, 2021, 11:26:02 PM
All sorted, roll on August
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Dipdodah on June 16, 2021, 06:06:04 AM
Sorted,  and the parking.  Am in the Town end, hopefully will be able to transfer to east stand when completed.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Lee Newell on June 16, 2021, 09:47:03 AM
Sorted,  and the parking.  Am in the Town end, hopefully will be able to transfer to east stand when completed.

From photos the east stand looks complete or 99% complete, would be suprised if it's not ready for August. Unless there are plans to make that away stand until south stand built?
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Pete B on June 16, 2021, 12:40:31 PM
We might not even be doing segregation? We're so used to it at York St it's easy to forget most clubs in the league don't.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Pilgrim86 on June 22, 2021, 10:09:14 AM
I imagine it depends on the advice before the season starts. They've held back selling tickets for the East Stand just in case we are allowed away fans, and that they are forced to segregate. I think at our level you just have to show that you can segregate when required.

I imagine it would be possible to split the East Stand into 2 with a gate to allow some home fans down that side, but it won't be much of a priority.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Pete B on June 22, 2021, 11:37:17 AM
The gates for segregation appear to be at each end of the east stand of which only the one between the North/Town stand would be used (obviously, no need to block them off from going into the non-existent south stand!). I'm sure it would be possible - technically - to split the stand itself, but that's not the problem: you can't split the concourse. I thought the rules for segregation are that away fans must have their own snack bars/toilets and given the entire east stand is serviced by one concourse that can't be shared, I would guess we would have to give the entirety of the stand to away fans in games we decided to segregate.

I'm assuming the long term plan is that the south stand will become the new away fan stand.... once it's built. Makes sense as it's the smallest of the lot (at least in terms of capacity - it's the stuff behind it that's going to cost the big bucks to construct).

EDIT - I suppose one solution would be to split the East Stand down the middle(ish) but block off the toilets and snack bars from the Boston fans' side, and have them walk around to use the facilities in the Town End instead. Not sure if that is actually allowed though, under the Green Guide regs? Be interesting to see how they actually do it... surely away fans will be allowed to games? We should be well out of Covid restrictions by then.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: wismo on June 22, 2021, 06:13:13 PM
Do you know how many season tickets we normally sell?
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: noughtyforties on June 23, 2021, 08:10:06 AM
My season ticket in 2019/20 was £230 on the early bird.

I'm now told its £290 with no early bird

Plus £50 to park the car as the new ground is around 2 miles from home so not a viable walk on wet days and midweek

I make that an increase of £110 for me to attend games in the same league.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: wismo on June 23, 2021, 08:40:09 AM
Got mine yesterday £250
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: wismo on June 23, 2021, 08:46:22 AM
Mine is for standing. Didn’t have one last season so not sure what the increase is. £230 to £290 is a fair old rise, coupled with parking
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Pete B on June 23, 2021, 09:22:41 AM
So basically, they've just ditched the "early bird" discount. Which I suppose is understandable as they've only been able to announce season ticket sales long after the deadline for previous early birds, and that's not really under their control. We still have no actual confirmation what kind of Covid restrictions will be in place (I'm hoping none whatsoever, but we still don't know for certain).
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Ferret on June 23, 2021, 02:57:35 PM
The early bird hasn't been ditched per se, it's just been offered to those who bought a season ticket last season and decided not to ask for a refund when the season was curtailed. 

The club must have lost a shed load of revenue last year and like a lot of other businesses, it it not in a position to offer discounts so readily.

The parking was £80 previously, so that is cheaper than previous years.  I assume more parking spaces enables the club to offer a better rate.

Overall, I'm paying (not including the write off from last season) about the same or slightly less than the last comparable season in 2019/20.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Pete B on June 23, 2021, 03:14:16 PM
The early bird hasn't been ditched per se, it's just been offered to those who bought a season ticket last season and decided not to ask for a refund when the season was curtailed. 

The club must have lost a shed load of revenue last year and like a lot of other businesses, it it not in a position to offer discounts so readily.

The parking was £80 previously, so that is cheaper than previous years.  I assume more parking spaces enables the club to offer a better rate.

Overall, I'm paying (not including the write off from last season) about the same or slightly less than the last comparable season in 2019/20.

Gotcha, but the "early bird" wasn't available this year to brand new season ticket holders as it would have otherwise been, is that right? Either way, as you say, with the club in the position it is, discounts probably aren't too high on the agenda right now.

As for car parking, I suppose most people are now going to *have* to pay this, whereas previously they'd have walked to the game or parked on a residential street for free. I still don't think £3/£50 is bad at all - pretty much par for the course when you park up at most other grounds, many of which had local restrictions on street parking around the ground. Parking at YS in the past was a bit of a luxury really, certainly not one I could ever justify paying for. Think my car's suspension probably approved!
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: leicester pilgrim on June 23, 2021, 06:33:47 PM
Re: Car parking, how quickly do we think the traffic will clear after a game compared with York Street? (Hoping it won't be as bad as places like Chester, Darlington, Wycombe and Rushden, where I've sat in queues after games for far too long sometimes). Wasn't there talk at one time about laying on buses from the centre of town (which might help with the traffic congestion) , is that still being considered or are public transport options completely now ruled out through COVID?
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Pete B on June 24, 2021, 09:15:54 AM
Traffic clearing the car park is going to be an issue, I think. Just how an annoying an issue remains to be seen. I don't think there's a stadium in the world where you can expect to drive off site without expecting some kind of delay!

I do think there's a problem that's going to make things a bit worse, though. The stadium event management plan said a new footpath would be constructed on the eastern side of the A16 - currently this is a grass verge and is impassable. Last time I was at the site, this footpath had not been constructed. The upshot of that is that lots of fans leaving the stadium will be using the pedestrian crossing to get to the footpath on the other side of the road. This crossing going red is going to cause traffic to back up onto the roundabout and clog it up. I actually saw this happen a year or so ago when a fault with the lights meant they were turning red without any pedestrians pressing the button - while I was sipping my coffee I could see there was room for perhaps three or four cars on the road before they'd start fouling up the roundabout, which was happening even under normal traffic conditions. I don't think you need to be a traffic expert like our own Dr Fox to appreciate that if traffic can't move freely through the roundabout, it's going to cause queues back into the car park.

The latest car park management plan I can find says larger fixtures may be subject to a phased release, so you would have to wait for a steward's say so before you're allowed to leave.

Shuttle bus - this was also stated to be happening in the event management plan, but there's been no news of it happening yet:

"On match days dedicated shuttle buses would be introduced for journeys between the town centre and the stadium with services commencing say 75 minutes before kick-off, with return services operating for a similar period after the match. The shuttle services would operate on a flexible basis with buses leaving as soon as they are full."

The plan suggested there would be the option to add shuttle bus passes to a season ticket package. I'm not sure, then, if we should read anything into the fact that this option wasn't offered this week?

(The event management plan I have is now seven years old - there could well be an updated version lurking out there!)
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Dipdodah on June 28, 2021, 06:21:40 PM
I am sure I've read somewhere,  that all pedestrians would have to leave the stadium before cars were allowed out. This on health and safety grounds.
Title: Re: Season Tickets
Post by: Pete B on June 29, 2021, 08:54:13 AM
I am sure I've read somewhere,  that all pedestrians would have to leave the stadium before cars were allowed out. This on health and safety grounds.

Yeah, you're right - planned 10-15 minute "holding" time after each game. But there'll be enough stragglers who stay behind for a post-match pint to keep that crossing busy for an hour or so after the match. I guess we'll see - lockdown will be over in three weeks so not long to go now!