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Mitchell: Real Madrid ticket prices are sensible

AFC Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell believes the pricing structure for the visit of Real Madrid to Dean Court is sensible.

The news of the pre-season exhibition match at the Goldsands Stadium had been met with unanimous euphoria, until the ticket prices of £60 for adults, £30 for under 16's and £45 concessions was announced.

Season ticket holders will also receive a £5 discount.

The reaction following the pricing for the game being announced was heavily mixed with fans on Twitter and the AFCB Vital forum debating the news.

AFC Bournemouth director Josh Mitchell posted on Twitter...

@Mitch_Josh: Fans complaining about ticket prices... Just wait until we are in the Premiership!!! #afcb #COYR

While Adam Blackmore, the sports editor for BBC Radio Solent said...

@bigadamsport: I believe it costs about £1M to get Real Madrid to a friendly - Cherries will have about 10,000 fans at say £50 quid average so the board>>

@bigadamsport: >> have made a commitment to the friendly that isn't about making money but bringing a one-off to #afcb fans & players & great for profile


Speaking to the Daily Echo about the prices Mitchell said...

"It is very difficult to see where to pitch prices but we have things to cover.

"The press that it will get is priceless but we have done our best to keep them to a minimum.

"We appreciate it is hard times for people but we have to get revenue into the club and we have tried to be sensible about it."


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Date:Wednesday July 3 2013

Time: 8:12AM

Your Comments

Hmmmmmm..... ticket prices for Real Madrid ............... Should I buy 10 KFC meals OR buy a ticket for the match? Reality check for some of the wingers who are complaining about ticket pricing. "Geeves - get the Rolls out, the poor people are revolting". Life is about choices, and my choice is to sacrifice some frivolous spending to watch Cherries play the best team in the world at home.
RedFlash
Its easier to say "its sensible" if you can afford it. But I do agree with Redflash and with Eddie Mitchell. The key thing EM said was that it's important the club "doesn't sidestep this sort of opportunity". So if that means only half the fans will be able to afford to go, and the other half will be non AFCB fans, if that means matchday boxes are 10 times the price, if that means souvenir T shirts will go on sale for silly money, if that means car parking charges will be doubled and AFC Bournemouth maracas for a fiver etc etc etc etc. Then - if that's what the club needs to do so they "don't sidestep this sort of opportunity". Then I think its the right thing to do. I went to Dean Court about 20 years ago and saw us play a friendly against Steau Bucharest (aka the full Romania national squad), the players included Gheorge Hagi, who was probably the best player in the world at the time. I've never forgotten it. To give the kids that can, the chance to see such stars and such talent is important even if we live in a much more commercial money grabbing football reality these days. I think if this is what is required to get the match to happen - then it's the right decision to jack up ticket prices, kit prices, parking charges, the price of a burger and whatever else needs to be done. Because the alternative is to "sidestep the opportunity" and that's what clubs with no ambition do - or who are too scared to charge the £40 or £60 or £100 or £200 that would make it a possibility for them. I don't imagine EM is sitting there worrying about whether we will sell all the tickets because he's sure we will - that's a man who's not going to duck the opportunity and who is bringing Real Madrid to Dean Court. I'm not a big fan of EM as some here will know but I think he's 100% right on this one and deserves nothing but our assistance and support to make this happen - even if we can't afford to go.
topcat99
Im down in Cornwall and have been hearing about this game all morning being talked about by people who dont care a jot about AFCB so this sort of exposure will be fantastic for the club.
srdeverill
I overheard a fellow Bournmouth fan on the bus who was on the phone to a mate & they sound reluctant to go. I'm going as well. If you can't afford it don't go, simple as. It's not as if people have packed the stadium for friendlys in the past.
Will-AFCB
....don't moan you pay your money and you make your choice as far as I am concerned....if it doesn't matter to you then leave it..if however (like me) you want to see world class players gracing the DC turf then....you will find the money to do it...fair enough
garbo
Me and my Husband both season ticket holders will be making a 380 mile round trip to the game. So have fuel on top why are so many people moaning will be much more expensive in the premiership and at the end of the day it is the best team in the world. Expensive but one of the best teams in the world when will you ever get a chance to see this. With 70 people needing flying over from the club it is not surprising. We will get back to Peterborough at the earliest 3am the Monday and my Husband has work that day but why moan will never see this ever again.
clairecarlin
Exactly, this is a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity. I wish fans like dannyhollandsfan would just keep it zipped if they are so bitter about the cost of the tickets - it costs the same for liverpool vs wigan, which would you rather watch?!!
richh81
I'm really excited for this and ill be there, but in the defense of some moaners if you really wanted to watch Real Madrid you could fly to Spain and see them in a competitive fixture at the bernebau for not much more than £60
chris skyline
So go to spain!! When will they EVER be at dean court again?!
richh81
 

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