I’m new to the blog. I live in Turku, so I will probably be writing about what’s happening around here. Of course I’m interested in the national team as well as the domestic leagues, so it’s not going to be just Turku I’m writing about. Anyway, feedback is very much appreciated, especially in the beginning.
The news around here today is that TPS are renewing their ticket selling. Last year TPS had crowds of 5293 on average, and according to chairman Petri Jakonen the ticket selling system got jammed before several fixtures.
TPS fans should have an easier time getting hold of tickets next season
TPS will be the first in Finland, I believe, to introduce a system common to numerous English, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian clubs. Season tickets are now available only on the internet or at the club’s office. Tickets for individual fixtures are available only on the net and at the stadium on matchdays.
It is interesting to see if it works or not. Finns just love showing up 15 minutes before kick-off and standing in a long queue to get their tickets. People still take it for granted that tickets are available just before kick-off, so they won’t necessarily bother printing their tickets at home. As it is no more possible to buy a ticket at the local grocery store, it might be that the queues are even longer before the first few home fixtures of the season.
However, the system has advantages to it; if only people learn to print their tickets in advance, they can walk right in the stadium with no queuing. Besides, you get to pick your seat yourself, so you only have yourself to blame if you don’t enjoy the view.
W ith the “boom” going strong (the fan block now has almost 90 season tickets ordered, with the only way of promotion being word of mouth), selling tickets on the net is an idea worth trying. Hopefully there’s gonna be more people spending their time queuing up for beer inside the stadium instead of tickets.