HAVE YOUR SAY: Town announce ticket prices for rearranged Middlesbrough game
IPSWICH Town have announced that fans who attended Saturday’s abandoned match against Middlesbrough will be entitled to heavily-discounted tickets for the rearranged match on Tuesday, March 27 (7.45pm ko).
Chief executive Simon Clegg has today announced prices will be drastically cut for fans who visited Portman Road on Saturday – after initially coming in for criticism by claiming that there would only be a 50% discount in line with Football League regulations.
The first match against Boro was already a discounted match where non-season ticket holders took advantage of a 25% reduction, adult prices set at �20, �25 and �30,
As well as that same price discount in place for the March fixture, supporters who attended the weekend game though will also be able to buy tickets for �5, �7.50 or �10, subject to proof of purchase.
In a statement, Clegg said: “It was very frustrating for all concerned that Saturday’s game ended the way it did but as a club we could not have done any more to ensure the game went ahead.
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“Extreme temperatures of -13 were recorded at the ground and while our groundstaff did an amazing job to get the pitch playable, the referee felt that the conditions had deteriorated enough in those 37 minutes of play to make his decision.
“We were obviously particularly disappointed for the supporters of both clubs and after the game I made it clear from the outset that we would heavily discount prices for the rearranged fixture and review the situation today – and I have done that.
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“It’s the club’s policy – in line with the vast majority of Premier League and Championship clubs - that as the game was abandoned before half-time we would set a 50 per cent discount but on this occasion we have reduced prices significantly beyond that. No one who was at the game on Saturday will have to pay more than �10 to watch the rearranged match and for the vast majority it will be �7.50 or �5.
“I realise that we can’t please every supporter but it has to be recognised that there are significant costs to hosting a football match, regardless of how long it lasts.
“We employ 400 additional staff on matchday for example, who all have to be paid, plus there are costs for catering, medical, match officials and plenty more.
“Hopefully the vast majority of supporters who were here on Saturday will be back at Portman Road on March 27 – with the weather a bit warmer this time.”
A club spokesman said full details of sales dates and priorities will be published in the next few weeks,
Middlesbrough have already pledged to pay the extra for any Boro fans who wanted to return to Suffolk for the rearranged fixture as well as look into the possibility of offering free travel.