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But the club doesn't have much choice, either, since they have to limit the numbers, plus carry out extra Covid precautions etc.

Whereas if this were a normal season, they could do a beam back to LR for far greater numbers, at lesser expense, and charge a much lower price per head.

As it is, I doubt they'll make much profit (if any), and I daresay this gives the club a chance to train staff, polish up on procedures and prepare properly for when bigger numbers are allowed back into matches.

It also gives the staff who will have to be taken on for this a half or a full day's wages, which is not to be sniffed at in these testing times.
Is it a covid price though ? Or the long term plan ?
 

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But another way of looking at it is BFC is not a charity. On one hand we drool over players like Watkins and Benrahetc and on the other hand we should be letting in everyone for free :fishing: I can afford it and would like to go to LR but have made a decision that its not worth the money vs benefit. It really is no different than the decisions we all make every day surely? It is not like draft 1 of Season Ticket gate which was just a bastards trick.
Some people would have liked a premium season ticket but can't afford one, so will have bought a seat in another stand. Some people would have liked to go to the screen back but cant afford to go, so will have to buy an iFollow pass to watch at home. Same difference. 🤷‍♂️ No one is being prevented from seeing the game.

Personally I cant justify a premium ST so will be in the cheap seats, but I like the idea of going to the screen back, seeing parts of the new stadium, and having a nose at how the other half will live. I really don't see the issue here.

I do agree the kids price is hefty though, should be half of an adult price max.
 

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If the kid's price was reduced to £20, whilst it's not my cup of tea, I don't think it's that obscene?

Also, I think we need to draw a line under the season ticket refund/deferment offer. It was generally accepted that it was very fair but now there seems to be an expectation from some that events like this should be thrown in as a sweetener too. How long is that going to go on for?

One thing that does seem to be getting confused is that the club haven't lost any revenue from the season ticket sales. They haven't yet but all they've really done is kicked it down the road. It's still a massive and unforeseen loss.
 

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I cannot say exactly, though I do know that there must be additional costs incurred while Covid is still with us, with corresponding limits on numbers.

As for whether this is a long term plan, I have no idea.

Do you?
No I don’t which why I don’t agree with the prices assuming it’s the long term plan, I’ve not seen anything to suggest it’s covid prices.

Your initial post suggests it is covid prices
 

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No I don’t which why I don’t agree with the prices assuming it’s the long term plan, I’ve not seen anything to suggest it’s covid prices.

Your initial post suggests it is covid prices
This cannot happen post Covid for Saturday 3pm kick-offs due to the black out.

There won't be a desire to open the stadium for a few hundred people on non match days in normal circumstances as it is not worth while.
 

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This cannot happen post Covid for Saturday 3pm kick-offs due to the black out.

There won't be a desire to open the stadium for a few hundred people on non match days in normal circumstances as it is not worth while.
I wasn’t sure there would be regardless of cost.

I thought other clubs opened on match day for away games ? Maybe just clubs like Leeds who sell out every away game and have the numbers watch on screens at the ground
 

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I wasn’t sure there would be regardless of cost.

I thought other clubs opened on match day for away games ? Maybe just clubs like Leeds who sell out every away game and have the numbers watch on screens at the ground
Leeds never play Saturday at 3pm though as they are such a big club.....
 

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Doesn't surprise me given that it is the first opportunity to visit the new stadium and the lack of live football since March. Contrary to others I don't see £40 as being that bad if you add in the £10 it would cost to watch on iFollow at home :unsure:
There are a lot of fans who’ve been willing to shell out over £50 a game for STs with access to those bars and catering so it isn’t a huge surprise that there’ll be a couple of hundred keen to go to the first event at the ground. Even post-covid showing away games in the lounges for those who can’t travel or can’t get a ticket would be a good idea.
 

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I cannot say exactly, though I do know that there must be additional costs incurred while Covid is still with us, with corresponding limits on numbers.

As for whether this is a long term plan, I have no idea.

Do you?

Sir P V says not to expect a vaccine to be rolled out to everyone before spring so one could assume that we wont be seeing anything before next season.
 

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No I don’t which why I don’t agree with the prices assuming it’s the long term plan, I’ve not seen anything to suggest it’s covid prices.

Your initial post suggests it is covid prices
Re your last sentence, we do know that with reduced numbers and additional necessary precautions then the club must have to charge more than it normally might if it isn't to lose money.

Meanwhile re your opening sentence, no-one knows whether post-covid, the club intends to maintain these covid prices.

Therefore you're in no position to be "assuming" anything.

Or as my dear old mother used to say: "Let me fall before you catch me"
 

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For those interested in just watching it on i-follow at home but still fancy the buttermilk chicken, here are the ingredients:

Chicken breast
Buttermilk
Cornflour
Chilli flakes
Chilli powder
Paprika
Brioche bun
Garlic mayo
Lettuce
Cheese
Bacon
 

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“there will not be any access to the stadium bowl“

....is my only issue with this.
* Matthew’s yacht is being stored on the pitch before it makes its way to Hampstead and he doesn’t want the plebs to see.
 

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If I paid £40 i'd expect breast milk.
All milk is breast milk. Except nut milk. Marc Almond is very tired these days.
 

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A bunch of moaning old women around here. It's hardly a beam back for the dedicated fan base, is it, it's opening up a corporate lounge and making a few quid by "upselling" the "experience" like all corporate gigs.

I saw the email and won't be enquiring about attending on Saturday but would consider it another time if we are "locked out" for months to come just to see what a bit of the stadium looks like.

Didn't the club offer the GP hospitality in some fashion in the past (maybe a limited version of it) for about £40 per game for midweek/cup games in the past? Maybe if they didn't have a corporate taker? The figure rings a bell. This is the same idea as that, just with the new stadium novelty.

Stadium hospitality in all its forms is "too expensive". There are more staff to pour you a drink and there's more space and fewer customers, Covid or not.
Not everyone can afford it but there's only 200-odd places. It literally cannot be for everyone. And they have all those overheads to cover. Why begrudge the club to make a few quid out of the new stadium when it is not stopping anyone from doing anything they couldn't already do.

I miss not going to games too and want to sit in my seat in the new stadium, but that is a different point and not within the club's control.
 

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Make it topical
Stoke - Oatcakes
Luton - Some sacrificial animal in the centre circle.
Wycombe - ??????
Barnsley - Tripe.
Test the new catering though.
 

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I wasn’t sure there would be regardless of cost.

I thought other clubs opened on match day for away games ? Maybe just clubs like Leeds who sell out every away game and have the numbers watch on screens at the ground
Unless we are consistently selling out our away allocations, we won't get permission to do beam backs. Stand down.
 

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Registered interest when offer came out but not heard anything since and its now COP Wednesday. Anyone been contacted?
 
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I’ve read, on Facebook, that people have had phone calls saying they’ve been picked to go.
 

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For those interested in just watching it on i-follow at home but still fancy the buttermilk chicken, here are the ingredients:

Chicken breast
Buttermilk
Cornflour
Chilli flakes
Chilli powder
Paprika
Brioche bun
Garlic mayo
Lettuce
Cheese
Bacon
That's about £40 of ingredients right there
 

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I’ve read, on Facebook, that people have had phone calls saying they’ve been picked to go.
Ta, looks like did'nt make the cut. Assume high demand. Maybe on waiting list for next time. I'm estimating a sell out to be 500 perhaps.
 

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Have all the places now been allocated????
I phoned up this morning to find out what was going on. It's both my and my son's birthday next week, so two birthday treats riding on this! They told me they were phoning people in the order in which they registered interest, and if I hadn't heard by lunchtime then I could assume I hadn't made the cut. Seems a bit stupid to leave people hanging, so I pushed him to confirm whether I was in or out. It was bad news. :(

On a more positive note, they did say that they're planning to do this again, and unsuccessful applicants will be top of the list next time...
 

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I dont see the big issue with it. Seems like a typical hospitality package. Take Covid 19 out of the equation and the pricing doesnt seem that bad to watch an away game with a meal thrown in in our new ground.

If you dont like the pricing then dont go. I wont bother but i bet they sell a good few tickets for this.

The club has brand spanking hospitality lounges that they want to use and show off so crack on IMO. The facilities will be a level above GP. This was the whole point of us building this ground to make some extra cash when we arent playing/at home.

They arent forcing people to go :LOL:
 

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I phoned up this morning to find out what was going on. It's both my and my son's birthday next week, so two birthday treats riding on this! They told me they were phoning people in the order in which they registered interest, and if I hadn't heard by lunchtime then I could assume I hadn't made the cut. Seems a bit stupid to leave people hanging, so I pushed him to confirm whether I was in or out. It was bad news. :(

On a more positive note, they did say that they're planning to do this again, and unsuccessful applicants will be top of the list next time...
Thanks for that feedback Stevil. Looks as if I’ve not made the cut either
 

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If the kid's price was reduced to £20, whilst it's not my cup of tea, I don't think it's that obscene?

Also, I think we need to draw a line under the season ticket refund/deferment offer. It was generally accepted that it was very fair but now there seems to be an expectation from some that events like this should be thrown in as a sweetener too. How long is that going to go on for?

One thing that does seem to be getting confused is that the club haven't lost any revenue from the season ticket sales. They haven't yet but all they've really done is kicked it down the road. It's still a massive and unforeseen loss.

Spot on my views exactly. It's an opportunity for those who wish to take it up. If I wasn't based in Somerset I think I would as a one off. See the ground, food and the game.
Club still has to make money.
We all agreed the season ticket deal was a fair one.
Can't be just throwing freebies in to satisfy the moaner brigade.
 

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They told me they were phoning people in the order in which they registered interest,
What a stupid way of prioritising. So if you just happened to be reading your email at that time then you got a spot. Great, absolutely brilliant.
 

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What a stupid way of prioritising. So if you just happened to be reading your email at that time then you got a spot. Great, absolutely brilliant.
It's how the slots for the GP tour were done 🤷‍♀️
 

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What a stupid way of prioritising. So if you just happened to be reading your email at that time then you got a spot. Great, absolutely brilliant.
I did point that out. Suggested a 'prize draw' might have been more equitable. Also, some kind of communication to the unlucky ones wouldn't go amiss....
 

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Oh sorry. I remember now how perfect and well received that went. I take it all back.
At least money didn't have to change hands for that one. I am slightly surprised there hasn't been a "Would you be interested in..." type email a few weeks ago followed by the real thing once they had an idea of demand. Would have been easier to handle that way
 

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