Last chance to get £100 tickets

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HARTLEPOOL United fans have until 5pm this evening to snap up their £100 season ticket after the club announced they would not be extending the bargain’s deadline.

The Victoria Park outfit announced in May that if a target of 4,000 season ticket sales could be reached by today then fans would pay just £100 – or £4.34 per game – to watch League One action in the new campaign.

As previously reported in the Hartlepool Mail, that 4,000 landmark was reached at 2.30pm on Tuesday, and large queues in Clarence Road since then have resulted in a total of 5,077 tickets being sold up to close of business last night.

There had been suggestions that the £100 offer would be extended past the deadline. But club bosses revealed yesterday that anyone purchasing a ticket after the box office closes this evening will have to fork out £150.

As a result of the announcement, ticket office staff were bracing themselves for another busy day today.

A club spokesman said: “After today, purchase of season tickets will remain available for £150 – an equivalent of around £6.50 a game – until close of business on July 30, 2011.

“Thereafter season tickets will be sold at full price.

“People should note that the new pay-on-the-day match prices next season will increase to £25 for seated areas and £20 for terrace standing areas.”

l A STORY in Wednesday’s Mail told how Pools supporter Vera Martindale said she received a £50 refund after buying nine season tickets from the club.

The money was in fact kindly donated by a passer-by who wanted to buy a young fan a £50 children’s ticket.

The club are not offering any form of additional discount for bulk purchases.

We apologise for any misunderstanding.

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