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Renewed or not renewed. Please post here

Dollymarie

Hi all, 

I know there’s a thread already, but I thought I’d start one so we can gauge how many people on here have renewed so far, or haven’t renewed based on the current pricing. 

If you could also post (if you don’t mind) saying if you are or aren’t affected by the pricing announced at this stage. 

For example, I would be 

“Not renewed and not affected by pricing”

Hope that makes sense. 

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Not renewed yet as hoping to move to Upper Lansdown which for a senior is cheaper than Lower where I am this season, disgusted at the clubs attitude though re disabled and kids, corporate carp . Wish  it was like old days when you could visit the Gate, pick your seat for the next year and get on with life and talk face to face !!

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2 hours ago, CIDER NOT CIDRE said:

 

I don't like that I feel this way, but I'm finding myself becoming more and more detached from the game. I feel disillusioned by it all, the money, the corporate side to it, the commercialised nature of the game, the cheating, SKY, wages etc etc. I could go on. It's just difficult to relate to anymore as a regular punter. Although football has been such a big part of my life to date, I can feel myself moving away from it. 

It's sad but I get the impression a lot of folk feel the same.

I'll be renewing but with each season I do wonder when I'll stop. I feel disillusioned by professional football and arguably attend out of 'sense of duty' Don't get me wrong I love watching City play but it's getting harder to justify.

The play acting, the money and the hyperbole about the game these days puts me off. With Ashton Gate things like parking (or lack of it) that's expensive, cost of drinks and a pie plus the ticket and fuel costs make me debate if I can be bothered anymore. I love the whole build up, walking to the ground and sitting in my seat (would prefer to stand but hey ho) enjoying the match with my dad but how much longer I can afford to do that is another thing altogether. 

One of the saddest things for me is that if/when I have children I probably won't be able to take them to matches due to costs. Hopefully the bubble may burst and football will return to normality but I fear it never will. 

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35 minutes ago, RedM said:

But that would still be the case, blanket 5 or 10 % across all seats would make each seat a bit dearer, so expensive and cheaper parts of the ground would still exist. I too think it’s the ‘season tickets frozen’ marketing blurb @Old Rascalmentions.

I do feel the a 5 or 10% increase, would have been unpopular as well, and the Club would have been criticised for increasing the price of the cheapest tickets.

I have already made the point that the change to Wheelchair pricing method is in line with other organisations, look at away ticket details for Barnsley and Millwall.

I as a wheelchair user, have renewed my ST as I have been used to being charged using this method.

My ST has increased by £115, as I now pay the increased adult price for sitting in A10, and not the concession price.

Perhaps this could have been better explained and phased in over two seasons.

 

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3 minutes ago, GlastonburyRed said:

I don't think this thread should end up with us sniping at one another. 

Exactly this. 

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Just a small request to people. Maybe it's unnecessary.

I like humour and a laugh as much as anyone, and I'm certainly not a mod- but of all the threads, this is a particularly important one not to derail with puns IMO. Big barometer of the fanbase potentially.

Say what you like, but it's not uncommon for threads on here to be derailed with puns, or hasn't been uncommon in the past so maybe an idea?

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2 minutes ago, The Original OTIB said:

Care to elaborate as to why you could not wait until nearer the deadline?

I didn’t see any need to wait. I have good seats and don’t want to lose them.

Some years ago I had seats over the half way line in the old Williams stand. When Premier (corporate or whatever it was called) seating was introduced, I had to move and suffered with a far inferior view. I’m happy with my seats in the Lower Lansdown and will always renew them.

I respect the fact that many posters on here are angry at the new pricing. Maybe I’m too philosophical, but in terms of pleasures in life, watching Bristol City is right up there.

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1 minute ago, nick jones of hereford said:

I didn’t see any need to wait. I have good seats and don’t want to lose them.

Some years ago I had seats over the half way line in the old Williams stand. When Premier (corporate or whatever it was called) seating was introduced, I had to move and suffered with a far inferior view. I’m happy with my seats in the Lower Lansdown and will always renew them.

I respect the fact that many posters on here are angry at the new pricing. Maybe I’m too philosophical, but in terms of pleasures in life, watching Bristol City is right up there.

Buying now does not guarantee anything. You could be moved anyway.

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Will be renewing my daughters U19 ticket at some point but currently in Central Lansdown so will decide where is best for her and her friends.

On a personal note I took this season off after having had a season ticket for the last 20 years or so, mainly because of finances and family commitments with a one year old. I have been to about 5 games this season and yes, I got caught up in the excitement of the cup run! However I must admit I have not missed football anywhere near as much as I thought I would. I was looking to get one again for next season regardless of what happened over the remainder of this but I can honestly say I couldn’t really care about the club at this point in time. They have made it clear what they think of the fans and I have no interest in investing my time and money (other for my daughter) in Bristol Sports. Let’s face it, that’s who the money is going to, not my once beloved club.

I may have a change of heart at some point in the future but right now it’s not for me, which is quite painful to say!

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32 minutes ago, gl1 said:

Not effected by pricing increase. Renewed. 

Snap - carer for an 65+ ambulant disabled person has seen my ticket go from £0 to £0.

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Not renewed , season ticket holder 20 years , three of us would be plus £200 ish in the Dolman , bloody disgrace, the PR dept is the worst in football , never been riding so high in many years , 20k crowds  , all on side , so with no warning and with 9 weeks to go on the season that is starting to die, let’s crap on the fans, the social engineering of you will sit where we want , sod 20 years in the same place , is bad enough but being told renew  in a couple of weeks or lose your seats defies description NO other club would do that , the sad deluded bunch who sell only half the stadium to season ticket holders think they are Real Madrid , you lucky people if we allow you to buy a ticket , tossers !

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17 minutes ago, Cov 77 said:

Not renewed , season ticket holder 20 years , three of us would be plus £200 ish in the Dolman , bloody disgrace, the PR dept is the worst in football , never been riding so high in many years , 20k crowds  , all on side , so with no warning and with 9 weeks to go on the season that is starting to die, let’s crap on the fans, the social engineering of you will sit where we want , sod 20 years in the same place , is bad enough but being told renew  in a couple of weeks or lose your seats defies description NO other club would do that , the sad deluded bunch who sell only half the stadium to season ticket holders think they are Real Madrid , you lucky people if we allow you to buy a ticket , tossers !

That's the crux of the matter right there....

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Luckily season tickets is not an issue that effects me to much. 

However I guess with a chance of premier league footy the club will try and ring a few extra quid out. 

I am interested in some of the comments. Football was a working class sport that was divorced from econmic reality for years. Now it is something completely different and has changed to be the replacement for religion for many. 

Do I love City. Please see my avatar but do I like the change. Not much. But then I don’t really considered myself working class anymore!

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6 hours ago, Robbored said:

Of course I've renewed!  A) I'm a true City fan.  B) I can afford it. That said I am aware that not everyone can afford it.

All city fans are true city fans. You, or anyone else, are not any better than others. 

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2 hours ago, The Original OTIB said:

A wild stab in the dark, but are you by any chance a supporter of the Conservative Party?

I have to say, Original, that this is a rather sad comment just because you disagree with someone’s opinion. It reminds me of the time when Brian Redhead, a broadcaster on Radio 4’s Today programme was challenged on his political views. I quote from his obituary:

“After Nigel Lawson's 1987 budget Redhead interviewed the Chancellor and challenged him over unemployment. Lawson dismissed the criticism as that of 'a lifelong Labour supporter'. Redhead asked for a minute's silence 'while you compose an apology for daring to suggest you know how I exercise my vote, and I shall reflect on the death of your monetary policy’”

Would you like to compose yourself and apologise!

Keep politics out of the forum 

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2 hours ago, ChippenhamRed said:

Agreed, the “I’m alright Jack” mentality is modern society at its worst.

I haven’t tallied up the non renewals, to the renewed but didn’t realise or the renewed and I’m happy posts, but they ratios I would imagine are something in a 85%/10%/5% split, so there is hardly a huge lack of empathy or I’m alright Jack. It’s a free country, if someone doesn’t want to join in, they are free to do so and I don’t feel they should be castigated for that view.

As for myself, I had a season ticket for just short of 30 years, with a high POTD attendance before that, but for the last 4 years, I haven’t renewed, I finally lost heart under SOD and I will say, it’s very easy to get out of the habit of going, especially if another interest starts to take precedence, I now only go to games that don’t interfere with work ( I used to take AL, swap shifts, cajole colleagues into staying late/staring early so I could go to games) or with my fishing. And without a season ticket and not able just to rock up with cash at the turnstile, it’s easy to not bother....... that’s the voice of experience.

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6 minutes ago, pongo88 said:

I have to say, Original, that this is a rather sad comment just because you disagree with someone’s opinion. It reminds me of the time when Brian Redhead, a broadcaster on Radio 4’s Today programme was challenged on his political views. I quote from his obituary:

“After Nigel Lawson's 1987 budget Redhead interviewed the Chancellor and challenged him over unemployment. Lawson dismissed the criticism as that of 'a lifelong Labour supporter'. Redhead asked for a minute's silence 'while you compose an apology for daring to suggest you know how I exercise my vote, and I shall reflect on the death of your monetary policy’”

Would you like to compose yourself and apologise!

Keep politics out of the forum 

Don't know why anyone should be so precious about who they vote for. 

It says an awful lot about who you are, what you value in life and where your principles lie. 

Some more than others, of course. 

 

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Not affected at all, but not renewed. Yet. Probably intend to but will wait to see if BS show some compromise. May end up getting a half season ticket. Heartened to see the ratio on here in favour of not renewed. It's not indicative of all support but heartening nonetheless. Well done all (even those who've renewed, it shows we live in a [reasonably] free country).

Please, please stop the sniping and puns and endless back and forth chains of comments. It's an interesting thread diluted by these interruptions. Please do snipe and pun and reply on other threads, there are so many to choose from. It's been enjoyable for once to just scroll through a thread and be able to get a feel for what's going on without having to skip over all the usual malarkey. 

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I haven’t renewed my family ticket yet, I will not be held to ******* ransom by this club and have not renewed because of this.. I may do later down the line if they honour my tickets in a reasonable manner!

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15 or 16 consecutive years a ST holder. I'm fortunate enough to be able to afford to again this time but will NOT renew until this had been resolved - I haven't been affected.

A shame as I felt BS were slowly getting things right, 2 steps forward but a giant leap back here.

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39 minutes ago, pongo88 said:

I have to say, Original, that this is a rather sad comment just because you disagree with someone’s opinion. It reminds me of the time when Brian Redhead, a broadcaster on Radio 4’s Today programme was challenged on his political views. I quote from his obituary:

“After Nigel Lawson's 1987 budget Redhead interviewed the Chancellor and challenged him over unemployment. Lawson dismissed the criticism as that of 'a lifelong Labour supporter'. Redhead asked for a minute's silence 'while you compose an apology for daring to suggest you know how I exercise my vote, and I shall reflect on the death of your monetary policy’”

Would you like to compose yourself and apologise!

Keep politics out of the forum 

I'm waiting for the likes Pongo, but thank you for your comment. I shall never keep politics out of my life because it impacts heavily upon it and it always will.

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I am not a ST holder so have not had to make a choice but to satisfy my curiosity (and save you the hassle) I have quickly tried to add up how many have said they (and family members, friends etc) have not renewed. I make it over 160 so far - although some have said they will consider nearer the time. This is by no means accurate as I am tired and have not read every post in detail but it gives a sense of the disgruntlement out there.

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39 minutes ago, Threshing Red said:

2 not renewed yet, not affected by the prices, it's about showing support for the fellow fans who have been. We'll be bringing our red cards saturday

Red Cards?

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Price rise of 16% from 429 to 499 in Dolman Central. Not particularly happy, but haven't had a significant price rise for a few years plus it's 100 quid cheaper than Lansdown Central. I'm lucky enough to be able to afford it so I've renewed. What else would I do on a Saturday afternoon? For those struggling to pay all at once I recommend the payment plan to spread the cost, I've used it for the last 2 years. 

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Dolman wing (but very near the centre) at £415 works out fraction over £18:00 per home game. Sorry, thats a bargain.  If i cannot make it, I  give it to a family member to enjoy.  The match day experience at the Gate is better than ever, on the whole great games.  

Yes, some might be disappointed with moves and family issues, but if you are strapped for cash you can buy on instalments as well ?

 

Think I have renewed every March time for last few years ? Whats the issue ? 

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I can't believe that nobody (so far) on this thread has mentioned the £50 million + that Bristol Sport invested in rebuilding AG - which is now a stadium fit for the Premier League.

During the redevelopment,  ticket prices were frozen - quite rightly, there was a lot of disruption during those two years although I should say that was a brilliant example of project management.

Not one game of football or rugby was missed during that challenging period. 

Bristol Sport is a business (get used to it) and if a business makes an investment they are entitled to a return on that investment.

So, now it is complete, admission prices are going up - to start paying back that investment. 

What is the problem here ? 

 

 

 

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Not renewed, having been subject to a massive increase in ticket pricing over the last four years. Started at £160 central Williams, then increase and enforced move to South Stand, increased on return to Lansdown and now the proposed increase takes it to £499. £339 increase in four years.

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8 minutes ago, The Red Planet said:

I can't believe that nobody (so far) on this thread has mentioned the £50 million + that Bristol Sport invested in rebuilding AG - which is now a stadium fit for the Premier League.

During the redevelopment,  ticket prices were frozen - quite rightly, there was a lot of disruption during those two years although I should say that was a brilliant example of project management.

Not one game of football or rugby was missed during that challenging period. 

Bristol Sport is a business (get used to it) and if a business makes an investment they are entitled to a return on that investment.

So, now it is complete, admission prices are going up - to start paying back that investment. 

What is the problem here ? 

 

 

 

No problem if you can afford it and you're happy. If you can't and you're not, it's a problem.

The Colston hall has had a refit, it needed it, just as the tired poor facilities at Ashton Gate needed it, the ticket prices never increased as it was an investment for the long term. Because of that refit, more people attended. That's what has happened at AG, but, they're gambling on cashing in on that increase of the customer base, coming back.

 

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3 minutes ago, Rich said:

No problem if you can afford it and you're happy. If you can't and you're not, it's a problem.

The Colston hall has had a refit, it needed it, just as the tired poor facilities at Ashton Gate needed it, the ticket prices never increased as it was an investment for the long term. Because of that refit, more people attended. That's what has happened at AG, but, they're gambling on cashing in on that increase of the customer base, coming back.

 

I believe the Colston Hall is owned by Bristol City Council. Correct me if I am wrong but if that is the case "return on investment" is not something familiar to them,

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Not renewed and also wont be spending a single penny in the concourse, bar or club shop (which could’ve proved costly as it’s going to be my 8 year old girls first City game this week!) until something is sorted out. 

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16 minutes ago, The Red Planet said:

I can't believe that nobody (so far) on this thread has mentioned the £50 million + that Bristol Sport invested in rebuilding AG - which is now a stadium fit for the Premier League.

During the redevelopment,  ticket prices were frozen - quite rightly, there was a lot of disruption during those two years although I should say that was a brilliant example of project management.

Not one game of football or rugby was missed during that challenging period. 

Bristol Sport is a business (get used to it) and if a business makes an investment they are entitled to a return on that investment.

So, now it is complete, admission prices are going up - to start paying back that investment. 

What is the problem here ? 

 

 

 

The extortionate price raises! For my daughter to renew her current seat it is a 100% increase in price.

Doesn’t take a genius to work it out surely?!

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28 minutes ago, The Red Planet said:

I can't believe that nobody (so far) on this thread has mentioned the £50 million + that Bristol Sport invested in rebuilding AG - which is now a stadium fit for the Premier League.

During the redevelopment,  ticket prices were frozen - quite rightly, there was a lot of disruption during those two years although I should say that was a brilliant example of project management.

Not one game of football or rugby was missed during that challenging period. 

Bristol Sport is a business (get used to it) and if a business makes an investment they are entitled to a return on that investment.

So, now it is complete, admission prices are going up - to start paying back that investment. 

What is the problem here ? 

 

 

 

How about the club don’t waste money on poor players?

how about the club doesn’t waste money on 2 assistant coaches?

how about they increase the Rugby ticket prices?

how about the club stop being so fuckng greedy? Every thing is sponsored there on match day, even the red balloons that fell out the sky during the United game!!!

how about Ashton bites the bullet?

what about the extra income from being on Sky a lot?

Loads of ways for the club to save money & not enforcing it on the fans

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3 minutes ago, The Red Planet said:

I believe the Colston Hall is owned by Bristol City Council. Correct me if I am wrong but if that is the case "return on investment" is not something familiar to them,

Strange analogy to use to have the upper hand in a debate. The principle investment is the same, perhaps Bristol City Council value their patrons and, will be more successful than Bristol Sport in their major investments over the years to come. They certainly seem to have a higher proportion of bums on seats for events at their venue, than Bristol Sport have at theirs, but, correct me if I'm wrong.

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