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Paying the Price of Success
Posted by southstander on October 31 2007 - 10:04:49

Money, Money, Money

Buying a season ticket for the Rhinos for next season is a no-brainer. Defending champions, new coach, euphoric supporters...it's a recipe for a fantastic 2008.

But is our success costing us dearly? Are we being charged over the odds for our season tickets for next year?

We investigate here...

The cheapest Leeds season ticket for next season, a terrace ticket, is 181 with the early bird/renewal offer up until the 8th December, and thereafter 198. Next season there will be thirteen home games meaning that we will be paying 13.92 per match, or 15.23 at full price. It seems a fair old hike from the mid-nineties days of the sub-100 season ticket, but how do we compare to the other Superleague clubs? Are we paying the price for success on the field?

The following table is ranked by cheapest full season ticket price, after any early bird discounts are over;

Renewal
Early Bird
Full Price
Hull FC
185
185
239
Hull KR
179
196
221
Warrington
171
171
205
Huddersfield
176
185
200
Leeds
181
181
198
St. Helens
161
177
193
Wakefield
170
170
187
Castleford
150
?
?
Wigan
130
151
171
Bradford
140
140
154
Harlequins
119
119
132

So, the Rhinos and the Saints, the only trophy winners last season, are mid-table. It looks disproportionately expensive to watch your rugby in Hull, with FC and KR topping the table and despite KR being able to claim they are the cheapest on Humberside it does seem very expensive when you consider their facilities.

Two other clubs break the 200 barrier with Warrington and Huddersfield being third and fourth most expensive. Harlequins, Bradford and Wigan will be the cheapest sides to watch next year, and all credit to two top sides like the Bulls and the Warriors who can keep their prices so low. It will be 85 cheaper to be a Bulls rather than a Hull FC season ticket holder next year, that is over 6.50 a match.

When you rank the clubs by 'renewal' price then the Rhinos fans fare less well coming second in the cost table just 4 behind Hull FC. Saints are still mid-table at 161, some 20 cheaper than Leeds. The Harlequins are the cheapest to 'keep supporting' with renewal costs being just 119, that is just 9.15 per game.

Organise the table by 'Early Bird' prices and the Rhinos drop to fourth behind both Hull clubs and Huddersfield. Here Saints come fifth but the Harlequins, Wigan and Bradford are anchored to the cheapest end of the table, although only the 'Quins keep below the 10 a game threshold.

All in all, as Champions, we don't appear to be getting a bad deal. We aren't the most expensive in any category, and in terms of value for money we appear to get a far better deal than many other clubs. Ideally we'd be paying similar prices to Wigan and Bradford, but if it costs a little more to lift some silverware then I think that most of us would pay it. Thank goodness, however, that I don't watch my rugby in rip-off Hull!

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