Linnets fans react to National League season ticket prices as club revise premier seating cost
There has been a mixed response among football fans to this week's announcement of King's Lynn Town FC's season ticket prices following promotion to the National League.
Some supporters have bemoaned the expensive prices, while others have stated they are prepared to pay extra to watch the Linnets at a higher standard following successive promotions on the pitch.
The club has revised its prices in the premier seating areas which have now been reduced to £500 as opposed to the originally announced price of £575 for both adults and concessions.
A club statement said: "We apologise sincerely for the oversight that was made and we have now rectified the prices to reflect this."
In response to yesterday's prices being announced, some supporters raised eyebrows when comparing the cost of a season ticket with professional teams Norwich City and Peterborough United.
One fan, who took to social media, said: "Very expensive for that league. I can go and watch Division One Posh [Peterborough] for less on season ticket prices."
Another commenting on similar lines said: "Why have a stadium a third to half full with people paying silly prices when you could have a full stadium, better atmosphere and keep the fans happy and introduce new fans? Doesn’t make sense."
But others took exception to those who publicly criticised the prices, arguing that the club deserve the extra funds after their rise to the National League under Ian Culverhouse.
Linnets supporter Mark Bradley said: "Unfortunately people will moan and never be happy about a price increase. Personally I don’t have any issue with it as we’ve secured two promotions and are playing good football."
A club statement yesterday evening highlighted that students and 16 to 17-year-olds can purchase a season ticket priced at £260, which works out as £11.30 per game.
Alternatively, they could pay extra for a season ticket in the blue seated areas in the main stand at £300, which is the equivalent of £13.04 per game.
The statement added: "We ask that you provide full ID when purchasing your season ticket and remind you that adult general admission prices will apply to this age bracket on a matchday."
As a result of the price increases, some supporters hope to see the facilities at The Walks being upgraded next season.
Linnets supporter Jacob Clark said: "I’m not moaning but for the prices they’re asking I would expect major improvements to things like the bars toilets etc. Maybe they’ve put the ticket price up so they can bring the burger price down."
Similarly, football fan John Flanagan said: "With that sort of money I would expect to see massive improvements in the facilities provided, including all round access for the disabled, and bar and food outlets that can cope with the capacity."
Others hope to see new signings being brought into the club due to the additional income from the season ticket prices.
King's Lynn Town chairman Stephen Cleeve told the club's official website yesterday that the prices "reflect the extremely high standard of football this club now finds itself at".
Mr Cleeve added: "I want, and I'm sure you do as well, a team that is competitive, but that does not come cheap I am afraid to say. Add to that the extra staffing that is now needed throughout the business off the pitch, the prices had to increase."
Rather than purchasing a season ticket, some fans have stated they will be purchasing individual match tickets throughout the National League campaign.
Linnets follower Barry Major said: "No season ticket, I'll pay per game. So for me and my student grandson, it'll be £40 or £42. This means we'll be selective about which games we come to and not do so many. We may do an occasional Norwich game and apart from 90 miles each way instead of 45, there won't be much cost difference."
Another fan, posting on social media, said: "My first impression is that Linnets are overpriced. But, having said that, I will still watch the Linnets as much as I can."
Responding to a comment advising her to start saving up, supporter Julie Chillingworth said she will be going as often as she can regardless of the cost.
General match admission prices National League 2020/21 season (first price is the early bird price):
Adult: Ground £19, then £20. Standard seat (blue) Tennyson Road wing and Hospital End Wing £21 (early bird) then £22. Premier seating (centre block, yellow seats) £25.
Concessions: Ground £17, then £18. Standard seat (blue) Tennyson Road wing and Hospital End wing £19 (early bird) then £20. Premier seating (centre block, yellow seats) £25.
Under-16s: Ground £4, then £5. Standard seat (blue) Tennyson Road wing and Hospital End wing £9 (early bird) then £10 .
Season ticket prices National League 2020/21 season (league matches only, cup matches are all pay)
Adult: Ground £380. Standard seat (blue) Tennyson Road wing and Hospital End Wing £420. Premier seating (centre block, yellow seats) £500.
Concessions: Ground £340. Standard seat (blue) Tennyson Road wing and Hospital End wing £380. Premier seating (centre block, yellow seats) £575.
Under-16s: Ground £46. Standard seat (blue) Tennyson Road wing and Hospital End wing £180 (including a signed Christmas card from the team).
Students: Ground £260. Standard seat (blue) Tennyson Road wing and Hospital End wing £300.
President's Club : £1200, including VAT.
For full details visit the club's official website at: www.kltown.co.uk