Ok, as supporters how can we help increase the attendance? U know both team will get hammered for the attendance if we don’t have big numbers.
So what can we do?
Is it a case of grabbing a mate? Taking ur kids mate? Let’s do everything we can
We need to look at other ways as well throughout the season. We have some clever people post on here and I’m sure some people involved in sales and marketing, so what are we missing and how can we help as fans?
This is our club now so let’s set up a page to help generate ideas. I’ve mentioned about doing a bbq in the car park during the summer , similar to the NFL. But would be good to get some ideas going.
MODS : anyway of posting some suggestions to Bleasey?
Post by bringbacksalford on Feb 7, 2019 21:24:37 GMT
There was a good post on anti social media the other day saying if everyone brought one mate it would double a potential 3k crowd to 6k. This is our best route IMO. Even offer to pay for them to get in if necessary.
In terms of what the club can do on a match day, it has to cost almost zero and also be allowed by the stadium, which I believe rules out any food and drink options.
There was some talk of various themes for each home game but I've not seen anything from the club so it doesn't look like this is happening.
It’s my lads 6th birthday so bringing a party consisting of 7 adults and 11 kids. Most have never been to a rugby league match before so hopefully will lead to some more fans for future games.
Bit disappointed with the club / foundation as tried to sort something extra for my lads party (mascot, meet a player or brief coaching session with foundation) but just got ‘pass the buck’ response and then ignored. I’ve done my bit and I’d hoped they would have done theirs but not to be.
On the topic of improving crowds generally, I think £28 for the only seated area in the ground is overpriced. It will not entice lapsed fans, nor will it encourage new fans. It’s nearly 3 times as much as a seated ticket at Salford City, it’s more expensive than tickets at my football team and it’s more expensive than what Man City charge for champions league games!
Give every school in Salford 20 free tickets for each Sunday home game (4 teachers, sixteen kids) and let them use the empty stand. If they are smart and rotate the tickets amongst the kids then those that get a genuine interest in the sport will probably pester their parents to take them to games where they haven't been lucky enough to get tickets. You may also get the teachers interested and bring their families or school groups separately.
Also, offer to sponsor their school RL teams if they have them (even if it is some free rugby balls once a season) or offer help to set one up for schools that don't. Offer them player coaching sessions for the kids on a regular basis, even if it is only once a month or every other month. Do a coaching course for the PE teachers (male and female). Maybe do similar for the local amateur teams too.
Emphasis on Primary rather than secondary schools would be a start.
A really good point, secondary school kids are already wooed by soccer.... rugby league needs to become more "glamourous" and appealing to young kids, just like soccer, I think Junior referred to this in a recent anti-social media post …. god knows how we do it though... aren't the Supporter's Trust relaunching the Junior Red Devils...?
I’ve always thought a unique matchday experience aimed at particular groups would be the winner here by offering something different from football and attracting casual/non fans from the Trafford Centre.
I’m not sure the NFL stuff is a winner - that is successful over there for the hardcore fans. I’d prefer something like Toronto do with craft beer stalls and food fans - like a magnet for hipsters who are then usually followed by the masses.
That being said, the stadium arrangements prevent any of this. Does anyone know if there is any realistic chance of renegotiating the contract to allow the club more wiggle room on the matchday experience?
On another note - I wish we’d follow the NFL’s lead on merchandise. Simple, well designed t-shirts are much more likely to be bought for casual fans and a long lasting incentive to get them back.
Just following on from my post above, the club / foundation have been in touch this morning and they are kindly putting on a couple of things for the birthday party. They apologised for my emails getting lost in the system. I wonder if they read this board ha! Absolutely fair play to them though; by making it a great experience for the kids is how to get them on board for the future.
Re improving crowds generally, I still maintain that £28 seating is overpriced for a routine game such as against London. The reality is none of the parents who are coming with me would have paid that amount out of their own pocket. My football team are doing a ‘bring a friend for a tenner’ deal for the game next weekend; maybe the club could try something similar for a weekend game. If the club put the onus on every season ticket holder to oblige we could double the crowd.
The honest answer how we as fans can help increase the bums on seats ration is we can't, we've all tried and the only formula is a winning team with no off field dramas.
A perfect example is this, I am bringing 4 friends on Sunday and one has a young child so I suggested we go in the west stand, did not know it was £28 for adults, sorry but that is over priced and sad to say not good value, we will be sat there with an incredibly uninspiring view of an empty stand.
I have long called for the club to try and pack out the east stand each week by going to schools and offering them mass tickets, at the very least this can be marketed to sponsors looking to get some good cheap publicity.
The sad reality is we are a catch 22, we will not get more fans unless we are successful, we will not become successful until we have a team who wins regularly.