Bromley chairman Robin Stanton-Gleaves: We have had to review our admission prices knowing that we will only be able to operate at a far smaller capacity under the latest COVID Guidelines and this results in us having to increase these prices
BROMLEY chairman Robin Stanton-Gleaves has increased the admission prices at Hayes Lane for the 2020-21 season.
Adults will now have to pay an extra two-quid to watch Neil Smith’s side in the National League and fork out £20, while OAP’s will have to pay £15 and Under 16s £7. A cost of a seat will rise to £25 - the most expensive admission prices in the clubs 126-year history - after they've joined a new membership scheme that will cost each person an extra £50 on top.
The chairman issued a statement on the club website this evening.
“As we are awaiting further information as to when we can welcome supporters back to Hayes Lane and with what level of crowd, we as a club are working as hard as we can to be as adaptable and agile as we can in these times and to provide supporters with as many options and opportunities as possible for supporting the club in the forthcoming season.
“Let me now update you with what we have been able to put together to date in preparing for the return of football at Hayes Lane.
“We have put in place a Priority Membership scheme which will reward those season ticket holders from last year and also be available for everyone else.
“We have had to review our admission prices knowing that we will only be able to operate at a far smaller capacity under the latest COVID Guidelines and this results in us having to increase these prices.
“Finally, we have joined forces with a professional broadcasting company so that we can stream all home games live, and you will be able to enjoy the high standard of production you are accustomed to at home on your TV!
“There has been great thought behind all these offerings and initiatives, as we are conscious of the great support we have and the times we are in at present, but equally, we have a Football Club and business to run and we have tried our best to find a balance and accommodate everyone.
“The new membership scheme will be priced at £50 per person, but will be free for 2019/20 season ticket holders as our way of thanks for their loyalty to us. This will provide 48 hours priority access to matchday tickets, before they go on general sale.
“With seating being limited due to restrictions, there will now be an additional charge of £5 for this on top of the ticket price. Due to very limited availability, seating will only be available to Adults, OAPs and Family Bookings. When the time comes, seated ticket sales will be managed via a dedicated phone line.
“We are pleased to have partnered with a professional Outdoor Broadcasting provider to enable us to stream our home matches professionally. This will include multiple camera angles, instant replays, live commentary, in-game graphics and an interactive pre-match show. In addition, the full stream will be available post-match to those who have missed it, meaning increased flexibility. This service will be priced at £9.99 per match.
“I hope that the above shows that no matter what the situation will be for the club, or indeed your personal circumstances, we are doing our utmost to ensure that you have access to our home matches, whether it be in the stadium, or via a professional live streaming service.
“Despite the circumstances we all find ourselves in, hopefully supporters will have seen that myself and the club are continuing to deliver on the promise of giving Neil Smith and his management team as much support as possible and the best chance of success.
“I want to once again stress that we need all of you on board at this difficult time. With little certainty as to the exact challenges ahead, in this most uncertain of seasons, each and every one of us has a more important part to play than ever and that very much includes you – the supporters.
“As and when decisions from the authorities are communicated with the club, we will be beginning the process of making the above options available to supporters based on the circumstances we find ourselves in.
“In the meantime, please stay safe and well. I really hope to be welcoming you to Hayes Lane again soon.”
Bromley have tonight announced the return of striker Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, on loan from League One side Portsmouth.
The 22-year-old arrives at Hayes Lane for his third spell with the club, having originally signed on loan from Charlton Athletic in 2019 and after impressing Smith, he signed permanently in the summer of 2019.
A club statement added: “After a blistering start to last season for both club and player, attention was drawn to the in-form forward and subsequently in January 2020 he was sold to Portsmouth in a deal which saw Bromley’s record transfer fee received for a player well and truly smashed.
“Prior to his move, Hackett-Fairchild had contributed eight goals in 25 appearances, as well as numerous assists. Following nine months with Pompey, Hackett-Fairchild returns on loan until January 2020 and will link up with a whole host of familiar faces, as well as some new ones.”
Hackett-Fairchild told Bromley’s website: “It’s been tough the last nine months with no football but I can’t wait to get back, get started again and win some games and score some goals.
“Bromley is somewhere I admire. It is somewhere I have come and enjoyed each spell I’ve spent at the club. I can’t fault it. It was the first place I wanted to come to at this level and I’m buzzing to be back.”
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