FOOTBALL chiefs have announced that Hartlepool United fans will pay a maximum of £150 for a season ticket next season.
Club officials have decided to cap the price at £150 – or £6.50 a game – after assessing sales and taking on board feedback from supporters and sponsors.
But if Pools do manage to reach their target of 4,000 sales before Friday, July 15, then adult supporters will pay just £100 for their season ticket.
When the offer was first announced, there were three set price bands based on the number of tickets sold: £100 for 4,000 sales, £150 for 3,500 and £200 for 3,000.
So far more than 2,800 have been sold and club bosses hope capping the price at £150 will lead to a late push.
The move has been welcomed by supporters.
Russ Green, Pools’ chief executive, has admitted the club is keen to push on with the deadline looming,
Mr Green said: “The response so far has been fantastic but we would love to reach that 4,000 sales mark.
“We have taken on board comments received from fans and sponsors and I think everyone agrees that the offer is a fantastic one.
“Now, to help us push on to the 4,000 mark, we will guarantee that every fan who has purchased a season ticket, or does purchase one before July 15, will pay a maximum of £150.
“Once again we feel this ground-breaking offer is now even more attractive and season tickets are on sale at a price which is half the price of last year’s.
“Again this shows the club’s commitment to fill the stadium.”
Pauline McSweenie, secretary of the club’s Supporters’ Association, said: “This is excellent news and I think it will lead to more people buying tickets and filling the ground.
“Credit must go to everybody at the club for this offer.”
Supporters will still be required to pay their £100 up front for season tickets (adults, seniors, students) and, should the 4,000 mark not be met then an extra £50 will be needed to buy a ticket.
The club is also offering season tickets for under 19, 16 and 13-year-olds for £50, which works out at £2.20 per match.
All categories of season tickets count towards the overall total.
The ticket office at Victoria Park, in Clarence Road, is open from 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday, with opening hours extended in the lead up to the deadline.
The office will be open from 10am-6pm on Thursday, July 7, and Thursday, July 14.
It will also be open on Saturday, July 9, from 9am-1pm.
Fans can also buy their tickets over the phone by calling (01429) 272584.