IRFU urged to reduce prices for 10-year ticket renewals

The Irish Rugby Football Union should stick with its plan to offer renewals next year of its 10-year tickets but reduce the asking price to account for the ongoing economic downturn, according to a leading Ulster Bank League club president.

Buccaneers president Ted Carty was reacting to yesterday’s story that the IRFU is considering abandoning plans to offer a renewal of its first tranche of 10-year tickets next year.

There will be around 2,000 of the 10,600 10-year tickets due for renewal next spring with another tranche up in 2015 of the tickets which guarantee premium-level seats at all of Ireland’s home Six Nations and Autumn Internationals at the Aviva Stadium.

IRFU Commercial and Marketing manager Padraig Power told the Irish Examiner, however, that, mindful of the potential for a low take-up rate, the governing body was looking at alternatives to the 10-year plan. Buccaneers president Carty, though, said prices would have to come down and payment plans should be offered to prospective buyers.

“I heard yesterday that the cost of a 10-year ticket is €15,000, which is a lot of money to outlay, but there are different ways to do it.

“They should spread it out over the 10 years or maybe pay half for the first five years and then the other half for the second five years. But the price will certainly have to come down because they will struggle to get 30 grand from somebody, because by and large people like to buy two of them.

“Even people who do have money are still concerned, no-one knows what the future holds for any of us. You have to be very, very careful about how to spend money now.”

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