PENANG: The FA of Penang (FAP) have decided to reduce tickets prices by 50% in a bid to check the dwindling crowd for their team’s home matches.
Tickets for matches at the City Stadium have now been priced at RM10 (grandstand) and RM5 (open terrace). For matches at the State Stadium in Batu Kawan, it will be RM5.
FAP secretary Datuk Mohd Junid Mohd Noor said yesterday that children under 12-years-old, who were charged RM10 and RM5 for matches at the City Stadium, could now watch matches for free if they were accompanied by an adult.
“We have to take these measures because there has been a drastic drop in attendance for our matches in all competitions (Super League, Malaysia Cup and FA Cup),” he said.
“'Only 200 fans turned up for the league match against Selangor in the 45,000-capacity State Stadium on Feb 17.
“The Malaysia Cup match against Malacca at the City Stadium three days later drew 400 spectators.
“From our eight home matches thus far, we have collected less than RM100,000. That works out to just over RM10,000 per match and the amount is barely enough for us to cover our expenses, like rent for the stadium, lighting and paying officials.”
Mohd Junid added that it was also important for them to draw a bigger crowd to support their young team.
“We have a squad with an average age of 22 and the fans can help boost their confidence,” he said.
Penang have a home match this Saturday – a Super League fixture against Pahang at the City Stadium.