Ipswich Town fans react to offer of free season tickets for existing under-19s and price freezes for 2021/22 campaign
Ipswich Town supporters have been reacting to the club revealing their compensation package for the 2020/21 campaign as well as season ticket pricing for next term.
All U12 and U19 season ticket holders will receive free admission for all league games next season.
It is part of the compensation package on offer to season ticket holders for the Covid-19 affected 2020/21 campaign in which only two games, against Portsmouth and Burton in December, saw up to 2,000 fans inside Portman Road.
Other season ticket holders will be offered a refund on the amount they have paid above the £230 price of all 23 iFollow home league match streams which they have been given access to. Supporters will also have the opportunity to use their refund against the cost of a season ticket for next year.
Meanwhile, season ticket prices for 2021/22 have been frozen across all categories so adult supporters can watch 23 league games next term from an average of £14.08 per game.
The club released a video to accompany the news (see below) with the theme of a book of their history with a new chapter set to begin under American-based ownership group Gamechanger 20 Ltd.
Recently-appointed chairman Mike O'Leary said: “I can remember going back to my own youth and knowing then what fantastic support Ipswich Town enjoys.
“That has been reiterated to me and our American backers with the tremendous welcome we have all received since coming into the club and on behalf of all of us, I want to say a big thank you for that.
“With the pandemic, it has been a challenging year for everyone and football has not been the same without the supporters. It’s fans that make football what it is and hopefully we will return to full stadiums again in August.
“Our new CEO, Mark Ashton, will be in place from June 1 and it promises to be a busy summer.
"There is a lot of hard work to be done. We want to make sure the matchday experience is one the supporters will enjoy; we need to make sure our academy is working at its maximum; we need to look at where we can improve facilities at the stadium but our immediate focus will be on the pitch and supporting the manager in putting together a team that can take this club forward.
“Our aim is for Ipswich Town to be back where it belongs and that’s the Premier League. It’s a big challenge and it will be a team effort if we are to get there - but that’s where we want to go.”
See what supporters made of the announcements on SuffolkNews columnist Martin Lambert's Talking Town show below.
The club have produced a Q&A on the season ticket announcements while the prices for 2021/22 season tickets are available to view here. The deadline for choosing a refund option is 5pm on Friday, May 14.
Town are also offering the basement renewal price to any season ticket holder from 2019/20 who did not renew for 2020/21. This offer has been made because of the extenuating circumstances faced by all over the last year.
Season tickets will go on sale from 10am on Monday, May 17 until 5pm on Friday, May 28 at the renewal price. Early Bird prices will then apply from 10am Monday, June 7 until 5pm Friday, August 6 with Early Bird purchases able to use the club’s interest free Direct Debit scheme.
Ipswich Town are currently 11th in the Sky Bet League One table with three games remaining, making it almost certain they will be playing in the third tier again next season.