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Support the Raiders. Pleeeease…

By Deano 13 August 2008 43

Raiders captain, Alan Tongue, has written a passionate plea to fans calling on them to show their support for the Raiders. Apparently only 6500 of them fronted up for the recent record breaking win against the Panthers last week and there has been talk that some people have even handed in their season tickets, which has disappointed the players.

Tongue recalls “I remember the days gone by when you would watch a Raiders game on TV and the stands would be full”. If I recall correctly the controversy at the time was that the Raiders were closing the stands on one side of the grounds to force people to sit opposite the cameras and make it look full.

So, what’s behind the lack of interest in the Raiders? Is everyone staying home to watch the Olympics? Do we not want to associate with a group of social misfits? Is it just too cold?

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PigDog 12:23 am 15 Aug 08

To the people that say “it isn’t expensive”, then back it up with nothing, I think your pushing the wrong argument. I don’t think that, when I can go halves in a carton of beer and a pizza with a mate and watch it at home under my 100% green power electirc heater for less then the price of a ticket, your making it more attrative to me by saying it isn’t expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the footy (even the rugby), but for $30 a pop, plus food and water, it is not at the top of my list.

It would be interesting to see if the Raiders have done any serious analysis on ticket price vs. spectator numbers. If you drop the ticket price by 1/3rd would you get 33% more people? If you double the price to $60 would you cut the crowd in half?

greeneyed 11:33 pm 14 Aug 08

Also, people attending the union, who then complain about ticket prices for the Raiders? Wake up! Just compare the value. Brumbies… VERY expensive tickets per game and they constantly miss the finals! Raiders… good value tickets, especially if you are a member… and ON TRACK TO MAKE THE FINALS!!!! Go the mighty Green Machine!

greeneyed 11:26 pm 14 Aug 08

Some of this thread is ridiculous. Yes, the usual rugby union types are out taking any opportunity they can to boost up the union and the Brumbies, in desperate hope they won’t move to Melbourne in no time at all. Hey, most of them live in Sydney now… why NOT move to Melbourne!? The Brumbies have as much to do with Canberra as the Opera House.

Behaviour at Canberra Stadium during rugby league and rugby union matches?

I’ve been at union matches and seen all the public school kids at Brumbies matches on the UDLs and out of control. The rugby union crowd… they are no angels…

But frankly, both sets of crowds are pretty well behaved, in my experience. I have sat in most places in Canberra Stadium… have heard swearing from both sets of crowds… but it is pretty tame stuff in general.

Of course, the union types think they are superior… but actually, they are not. Their superior attitude is something that they ought to have a think about. They often have little to actually to be “superior” about.

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