By Connor Steel
AFC PORTCHESTER have confirmed they have frozen season and matchday tickets for their upcoming 2022-23 Wessex League campaign; the club’s committee taking the decision to thank supporters and further recognise the ongoing ‘cost of living’ crisis alongside soaring inflation rates.
Similarly to 2021-22 an adult ‘pass’ will cost just £50 and gives season ticket holders access to nineteen home league games for the first team; as well as the under 23s, under 18s and ladies’ sides when they play at the On-Site Group Stadium. However cup matches will not be part of this offer and must be brought separately, including national competitions such as the FA Cup and FA Vase.
Concession season tickets are further available to purchase at a cost of £25 per ‘pass’, which includes disabled and elderly supporters. New inclusions to this list for concessions are 16 to 18 year olds, armed forces personnel, NHS workers and emergency services staff; with ID needed upon buying or collecting.
Tickets prices for individual matchdays have also been frozen at 2021-22 levels, meaning that adults will continue to pay £7 for entry. Concessions will again cost £4 and under-16s can assess the ground for free without the need for season tickets. This offer will furthermore apply for away supporters although these prices could change for certain or high profile cup games, in which case Portchester will give advance notice to fans of both teams through their media channels.
Graeme Moir, the club’s vice chairman and currently acting chairman, said in a short statement published on the Portchester website: “Our supporters were fantastic last season and we want to see as many people as possible backing our teams on matchdays. There were two reasons behind freezing ticket prices for the coming season – to reward supporters for their loyalty last season while also recognising the tough times people are facing financially in the cost of living crisis.
“We recognise times are already tough financially for many people and it looks like things will get tougher as the year progresses. We try to make our tickets as affordable as possible for supporters and hopefully they are at a price level which will enable those who held a season ticket to renew them again this season, while also allowing more supporters to become season ticket holders for the season ahead. Your support plays an absolutely vital part in what we are looking to achieve so we hope to see as many of you again as possible home and away in the season ahead.”
Although matchday tickets will be sold on a game by game basis with fixtures yet to be released, supporters are able to purchase their season tickets by visiting the AFC Portchester online shop; although they are required to create an account with Pitchero as part of the process. Alternatively the club are believed to be holding an open morning at the On-Site Group Stadium for supporters who prefer face-to-face purchases, with dates yet to be confirmed if any later this summer.
PICTURED BY DANIEL HASWELL: Fans look to take advantage of season ticket freezes at Portchester.