Pompey season ticket sales continue to excel

Encouraged: Pompey engagement manager Mike Hall
Encouraged: Pompey engagement manager Mike Hall

Pompey season ticket sales are now within 600 of last year’s summer tally.

More than 6,650 have been sold as Blues fans get ready for a new era at Fratton Park.

Of that number, 30 per cent accounts for ‘new’ season ticket holders.

Last season, around 7,250 were sold during the summer, increasing to 8,080 through half-season sales at Christmas.

It puts the club comfortably on target to announce a big leap in season-ticket holders ahead of the August 3 kick-off against Oxford.

Mike Hall, Pompey’s engagement manager, said: ‘It is going very, very well.

‘We are selling 800 to 1,000 every week at the moment and 30 per cent of those are new.

‘We sold 100 season tickets alone on Monday morning, which is not bad for what is usually such a slow day.

‘There is a substantial amount of people still to renew. Having spoken to many of them, they tell me they intend to do so soon.

‘You take that and add the new holders and you are looking at 10,000 for this season, which obviously we would love to achieve.

‘There is a June pay day and we are closing our direct-debit option on July 13 so we are expecting to smash through our target some time around the middle of July.

‘It is all looking very good at the moment, there’s a real feel-good factor out there among the fans.’

Pompey season tickets have been on sale for the past six weeks and have long exceeded the corresponding point last year.

Corporate and hospitality are also reporting double the uptake on tickets, with the Chimes almost sold out for the season.

In addition, advanced kit sales are selling well, with the second strip to be unveiled on July 20.