Ospreys bosses have today confirmed that the Early Bird deadline has been extended until July 31st, as they look to maximise the number of season-ticket holders at the Liberty Stadium next season.
The announcement comes as management at the region express their pleasure at the current level of sales, which are slightly up on the same stage last year despite concerns about the credit crunch and the effects that it may have on sales.
Over 140 fans have also taken advantage of the new Introduce-A-Friend Scheme, which allows existing season tickets to benefit from sizeable discounts when a friend purchases a first time season ticket, with a number of people receiving the full 100 per discount for introducing three people.
The Early Bird Deadline was due to pass this weekend, but thanks to the extension, supporters now have an additional two weeks to take advantage of the cut price offers that allow them to watch the Ospreys during 2009/10 for as little as £10 per match.
Ospreys Managing Director Roger Blyth says that he is encouraged by the response to the offers so far, and he hopes that more fans will now take advantage of the extended Early Bird deadline.
He said: "I do have to say that the response we have received to the season- ticket packages we put together for this year has been very encouraging. Obviously, when setting the prices we felt that we couldn't ignore the current economic climate, and we felt that the final costs we announced reflected these concerns. I'm absolutely delighted that like-for-like sales compared to this time last year show a slight rise despite the credit crunch, which is a clear indication that we have got the pricing right."
This summer's deals have seen Ospreys bosses slash prices in all categories, with up to £20 off the price of all adult season tickets, and OAP's and student prices slashed by £35. In order to encourage the next generation of Ospreylians to develop the habit of watching live rugby regularly, for the first time ever, child and junior season tickets are being offered in the Family Stand at no cost whatsoever when issued in conjunction with an adult or OAP ticket.
Adult season tickets start at just £160, with OAP and students paying just £120, when purchased before the Early Bird Deadline, and the cut price season ticket prices are available to existing and new season ticket holders alike. Keeping the credit crunch in mind, full price tickets purchased after this date have been frozen at last year's cost.
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