Support the Raiders. Pleeeease…

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 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 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 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.

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 8:57 pm 14 Aug 08

A Man Utd season ticket costs is 912 pounds – $2500 bucks. Makes the Raiders look cheap.

I’m with Hingo – it was snowing an hour before the game when I was planning on going. I decided to stay home with the hangover, the flu and the family and watch it live from the warmth of the lounge.

I agree with $30 being too expensive though – when you add five bucks for parking, and twenty for a couple of beers, a pie and a bucket of chips on a cold Saturday evening, you can drop $80 an adult easily.

I’ve been to 5 games this year and have no had to buy a ticket once – thanks Corporate hospitality, and an uncle who always has a spare season ticket 🙂 And trust me, 6000 passionate fans at the Raiders has 10 times the atmosphere of 20,000 ‘Look at me’s‘ crowd at a Brumbies match

Matto Matto 8:38 pm 14 Aug 08

The gate prices are getting a bit steep. I haven’t been to a game in a number of years, so it is a bit of a shock to hear that admission has gone up 50%. But I spent some time in Canada and know of people that would drop $125 a couple of time a year to watch a game of ice hockey. These weren’t even good seats! For this price you’d be lucky to make out the number on the back of a player. Seats up against the glass could cost up to $750 depending on what stadium you were at. These ice hockey teams play upwards of 80 games a season. So that’s a fair chunk of change if you were an avid supporter. From what I understood, alot of the ticket prices went to the club, and their salary caps are alot bigger than what they are here. It’s not un heard of for a bloke to make $4M a year.

Proud Local Proud Local 7:57 pm 14 Aug 08

It’s unrealistic to expect most people to commit to 5 games in a row, people have busy lives and the average supporter will only show up once or twice a year. I love league and enjoy watching the Raiders play but will now go to the games even less due to increased entry costs.

Increasing the ticket price by $10 was outrageous, particularly when league is sadly starting to lose it’s way compared to other sports. They should be cutting prices to encourage greater attendance, not increasing them. It’s a classic case of management being way out of step with the common man. $20 was fair value, $30 is an insult.

New Yeah New Yeah 7:51 pm 14 Aug 08

la mente torbida said :

Tongue recalls “I remember the days gone by when you would watch a Raiders game on TV and the stands would be full”.

Why wasn’t he at the game and supporting the raiders?

The Tongue is from Tamworth, I think.

2604 2604 6:44 pm 14 Aug 08

Firstly, I don’t understand the complaints about cost. We have memberships of both the Brumbies and the Raiders. Brumbies 2008 season tickets cost $250 and got you 6 real games plus a trial match. Raiders 2008 memberships cost $180 and got you twelve games – $15 per game! That is less than a movie ticket. Recently you’ve also been able to buy a “final five” ticket, which gets you into the final five home games of the year for $90, or $18 per game. In terms of walk-up tickets, the Brumbies are just as expensive, as is the AFL unless you pay general admission.

It is regrettable that ppl have had bad experiences with taking their kids to Raiders games. Maybe a bay should be set aside for family ticket-holders? The shame is that it’s a good family outing. For the girls, the Raiderettes are usually pretty good. For boys, Carney aside, the team is full of role models like Alan Tongue and Lincoln Withers and Joel Monaghan, who play fairly and are always happy to talk to fans, especially young kids.

No offence to any hard-core Brumbies fans here, but we often wonder how many of the ppl at Brumbies games have any interest in, or understanding of, the game of rugby. There certainly isn’t much passion there – Brumbies tries usually result in a polite golf clap, whereas Raiders tries result in absolute bedlam. If that passion means some swearing, so be it – if our kids were exposed to bad language in Civic, we wouldn’t stop going there either.

ant – There are plenty of Raiders from ACT and surrounding region. Monaghan, Withers, Troy Thompson, Joe Picker, Marc Herbert, Terry Campese, Trevor Thurling to name a few. Compare that to Brumbies – George Gregan used to live in Sydney during the (9-month) offseason!

Whatsup Whatsup 5:22 pm 14 Aug 08

It was too cold to even consider attending. Yep, I am a wimp !

peterh peterh 4:29 pm 14 Aug 08

Deano said :

JellyACT said :

Also, since when is a Raider an animal? Or a Storm, Titan, Cowboy, Red, Mariner, Steeler, Crusher, Berry or Warrior for that matter?

When they’ve had too much to drink! Boom. Boom.

Thank you, thank you, I’m here all week.

try the veal?

la mente torbida la mente torbida 2:51 pm 14 Aug 08

Tongue recalls “I remember the days gone by when you would watch a Raiders game on TV and the stands would be full”.

Why wasn’t he at the game and supporting the raiders?

Jazz Jazz 11:46 am 14 Aug 08

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.

It was also a much smaller stadium in days gone by.

JellyACT JellyACT 11:03 am 14 Aug 08

Deano said :

JellyACT said :

Also, since when is a Raider an animal? Or a Storm, Titan, Cowboy, Red, Mariner, Steeler, Crusher, Berry or Warrior for that matter?

When they’ve had too much to drink! Boom. Boom.

Thank you, thank you, I’m here all week.

I walked straight into that one Deano.

Deano Deano 10:13 am 14 Aug 08

JellyACT said :

Also, since when is a Raider an animal? Or a Storm, Titan, Cowboy, Red, Mariner, Steeler, Crusher, Berry or Warrior for that matter?

When they’ve had too much to drink! Boom. Boom.

Thank you, thank you, I’m here all week.

jakez jakez 9:42 am 14 Aug 08

ant said :

Another one word: Superleague. That showed us that it was all just big business. Then they named the teams after animals, like the yanks do, so they can move them around easier. Bugger that. Had enough.

We do exactly the same thing. The Cats, the Panthers, the Broncos, the Bulldogs, the Bulldogs, the Hawks, the Roosters.

I guess an example of a non animal team is the Raiders…..of course the yanks have the Oakland Raiders…who have moved about 17 times now.

Doesn’t bode well for Canberra.

I’d support the Raiders but I’m a Storm man through and through. I do go a few times a year though.

H1NG0 H1NG0 9:38 am 14 Aug 08

Considering it was snowing in Ngunnawal at the time of the game, I’m not suprised not many people turned up. Maybe what we need in an indoor stadium. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen.

I like the Raiders, I think they are a good team. Massively underrated. The fact that everyone rates them wooden spooners is not helping their image. I really hope they make the finals this year to get back a bit of support. Canberrans are fickle sports fans. They only go for winners and as soon as their performance drops, so do their fans. Todd Carney hasn’t helped either. Todd is a very talented player and it took a lot of balls for the Raiders to drop such a big name player when their team lacks such superstars. The Raiders recent performances without Todd have prooved that they made the right decision though.

I am a Sea Eagles fan because I was born and bred in Manly, but what excuses do born and bred Canberrans have?

jmac jmac 9:22 am 14 Aug 08

illyria said :

We take our kids to the Brumbies. Raiders….never again. Generally the experience is far more refined at the Brumbies, for example, nobody in the crowd yelling out “Get the f***ing ball you f***ing b**** c***, go f***ing back to bla bla bla” while their kids sit next to them taking it all in. And last time we went to the raiders people pinched our good seats and threatened to punch my husband in the head when we had the audacity to expect them to move. Security were all up at the bar area trying to control the drunken masses up there. This pleasantry was witnessed by all our kids. No….never again. I admit I am a football snob. People have to set their standards higher. Otherwise Todd and all his peers will just keep urinating on people in nightclubs.

illyria, i totally agree. When i have been to the Brumbies it has been a great atmosphere, yes, people getting angry at the ref etc but all done with either no or minimal swearing! Last time i was at the Raiders…i felt like leaving, we had young kids all around us who were loving the game but then we had teenagers around us who were drinking and swearing and carrying on. and when i walked around the other side of the stadium i could see the same behaviour so it wasn’t just our area. We had one family move away and sit in another area. Behaviour you can do without when all you want to do is watch your team play.

JellyACT JellyACT 9:20 am 14 Aug 08

It makes me sad to read so many negative comments about the Raiders. Alas, some of them are valid. I love the Raiders and was at the game last week but had to leave before kick of (I won’t bore with details of why). Also, since when is a Raider an animal? Or a Storm, Titan, Cowboy, Red, Mariner, Steeler, Crusher, Berry or Warrior for that matter?

jmac jmac 9:18 am 14 Aug 08

Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot said :

Morgan said :

We lost our cricket team, where did the Canons go, and the Brumbies look like next.

I highly doubt that.

The ARU are aiming at having MORE teams in the future.

The Brumbies are defintely not next…there is too much support for them and would be a big backlash if they were to go. Besides, they still pull crowds even when they’re losing.

I support the Raiders, always have, always will. But i agree with what a lot of people are saying…it is just getting too expensive. And i am really fed up with the off-field behaviour of so many league players (not saying that other codes aren’t the same). Everything has gone up in price and some things have to go.

I’m also a little tired of hearing how underpaid they are and that their career is only 10 years etc. Come join the real world, where we get paid less than you guys do and some of our careers may only last 10 years as well…it’s called forward planning and taking some inititive in securing your own future instead of crying to the NRL.

As i said, will always support the Raiders as i was born in and still live in Canberra but until ticket prices drop i won’t be going through the gates in the near future. Not while i have to pay off a mortgage anyway.

illyria illyria 9:10 am 14 Aug 08

We take our kids to the Brumbies. Raiders….never again. Generally the experience is far more refined at the Brumbies, for example, nobody in the crowd yelling out “Get the f***ing ball you f***ing b**** c***, go f***ing back to bla bla bla” while their kids sit next to them taking it all in. And last time we went to the raiders people pinched our good seats and threatened to punch my husband in the head when we had the audacity to expect them to move. Security were all up at the bar area trying to control the drunken masses up there. This pleasantry was witnessed by all our kids. No….never again. I admit I am a football snob. People have to set their standards higher. Otherwise Todd and all his peers will just keep urinating on people in nightclubs.

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