Season ticket sales boost

HUNDREDS more football fans have snapped up Hartlepool United season tickets as the sales figures push towards the 2,500 mark.

Bosses at the League One club say they are pleased with how sales are progressing in the build up to the 2012-13 campaign as fans snap up another bargain ticket offer.

Adult season tickets are on sale at £155, which works out at less than £7 a game.

Senior prices are £125, under 19s can bag a seat for £75 and a season ticket for under 13s is only £50.

Everyone over 16 who gets a season ticket will be entered into a prize draw for a jackpot which could raise as high as £15,000 depending on sales.

Sales reached the 2,000 stage last week and club officials say they are close to the next landmark stage of 2,500.

Russ Green, the club’s chief executive, said he is delighted with the support shown so far.

Mr Green said: “We are fast approaching the 2,500 figure for sales, which is great.

“We started it earlier this year and the interest is certainly building in town.

“At this stage last year we had sold about 2,600 and there was a big rush in July so we are hoping for something similar this year.

“This is a fantastic offer which makes watching Hartlepool United really affordable.”

Among those that will be supporting their heroes are pupils at Stranton Primary School, in Southburn Terrace, thanks to their generous headteacher.

Neil Nottingham said the school will buy four child Hartlepool United season tickets and one adult ticket in a bid to motivate the youngsters in class.

It is the second year the school has supported the discounted ticket offer.

The tickets will be used throughout the campaign as incentives and rewards for pupils.

Mr Nottingham said: “Once again the club has come up with a fantastic initiative and one we are happy to support.

“We purchased four children tickets last year and it worked really well as an incentive to motivate the children.

“There are plenty of Hartlepool United fans at the school and this offer is helping to boost that support.”

Mr Green added: “Last season Stranton Primary School was the first to pledge its support and we thank them for that.

“It is great to see the children so interested.”

The current offer runs until the end of July.