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Chairman's Update on Season Tickets

edited May 21 in Swansea City
Taken from the OS:

I would like to update current season ticket holders on the ongoing situation around the four outstanding home games of the 2019-20 campaign.

Like all football fans, the club has been awaiting developments and clarification on the resumption of the season under the current coronavirus restrictions.

With the squad due to return to training soon, there seems little doubt that if the season resumes then fixtures will be played behind closed doors.

I can confirm that if this is the case then all season ticket holders and hospitality members will be eligible for partial refunds – from a date to be confirmed - on their 2019-20 season tickets to take into account the loss of the four home games.

However, I am sure you will understand that clubs are facing a very uncertain financial future as regards to what football will look like going forwards - and we are no different. I would hope therefore, that our supporters will consider some other options that we are exploring as an alternative to claiming a refund. 

One such option, which is by no means the only one, is the ability to stream all the club’s remaining fixtures into your own home. Another might be some form of discount on other club products.

The club estimates that the cost of partial refunds for 2019-20 season tickets and hospitality will amount to just under £1million, which will put even greater pressure on the club’s cash flow during these difficult times and for future operations.

I am acutely aware that many families are struggling financially during the pandemic - and all of us at the club thank fans for their patience.

We will therefore endeavour to finalise those options for supporters as soon as possible, but at the moment no refunds are available. Dates and options will follow as quickly as possible.

I will update fans with a further communication regarding season tickets for next season (2020-21) in due course once there is more clarity around the future direction of the football programme.

I am delighted to announce, however, that over 70% of supporters have already renewed their season ticket for next season, and I can’t thank everyone enough for their support in these unprecedented times.

Please keep well and stay safe.

Trevor Birch
Chairman

Link to original article: https://www.swanseacity.com/news/chairmans-update-season-tickets

Comments

  • Thanks for sharing. That £1m at risk could so easily have been £1.2m if we’d had five home games left instead of four. I hope they do make the streaming solution work rather than accepting defeat and giving the lot away for free
  • edited May 23
    I will look at the available options when they are made official but my first reaction is that I will ask for a refund on this season.
    Birch is making out (wildly paraphrasing here) that the club might be in trouble unless supporters forego refunds because it will cost £1M. Well, if the club goes into administration, it won't be because of fans asking for refunds of £1M - that sum is easily recouped from one player sale or players and senior management staff taking actual pay cuts, not deferrals. 
    I don't like the way this is being framed by Birch and I have been a supporter of his approach in the past.

    Goodness knows what will happen for the 2020-2021 season.
  • I’ve said it all along. The greed of top flight players, especially Premiership & championship ones, would have grave consequences. 
    Plus, The silence from America is deafening 
  • I will look at the available options when they are made official but my first reaction is that I will ask for a refund on this season.
    Birch is making out (wildly paraphrasing here) that the club might be in trouble unless supporters forego refunds because it will cost £1M. Well, if the club goes into administration, it won't be because of fans asking for refunds of £1M - that sum is easily recouped from one player sale or players and senior management staff taking actual pay cuts, not deferrals. 
    I don't like the way this is being framed by Birch and I have been a supporter of his approach in the past.

    Goodness knows what will happen for the 2020-2021 season.
    Joe Rodon was being touted around by his agent before the virus occurred so there should be no problem with cash at the club, even to paying Bradford City their share of the Oli transfer to Sheffield United, so I will wait and see what options will be announced when the time arrives.
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