Fans encouraged over season tickets

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin
Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin

MARK CATLIN has been gladdened by the response to Pompey’s season-ticket prices.

The Blues chief executive feels a more structured roll-out on fans buying seats at Fratton Park for next season has gone down well.

But Catlin acknowledged there are still areas for improvement in the pricing categories.

Last season an excellent 10,670 season tickets were sold ahead of Pompey’s first full campaign as Britain’s biggest fan-owned club.

With the club emerging from administration in April there was a frantic period in organising prices.

Catlin explained Pompey have been able to deliver a more considered assessment of their pricing this time around.

That saw a freeze on early-bird tickets, with adults saving £50 on tickets bought before July 12.

Fans have had to wait to buy tickets online and by phone until this week, with tickets previously on sale at Fratton Park.

Catlin feels supporters are happy with what the club have come up with.

He said: ‘Season-ticket sales have gone well. The overall feedback has been fantastic.

‘It’s going to be a lot more structured this year.

‘Last week we had a lot of people coming to the ground.

‘Now people can do it online and do it over the phone. There’s a gradual roll-out.

‘Last year I came in and there were queues going up Frogmore Road and beyond.

‘We don’t want huge queues and we have been able to avoid that.’

Despite the encouraging noises being made from fans, Catlin admitted there are still areas for improvement when it comes to ticket prices.

There has been some minor consternation at the prices for young persons (aged 17 to 22).

Catlin intends to revisit prices in the category moving forward.

‘There have been one or two areas,’ said Catlin.

‘The 17 to 22 age category is definitely an area we need to look at moving forward.

‘Last year there were quite a few issues of people claiming to be under 17.

‘Once we can ensure that area is not being abused we will look at that category.’