Press release from Aston Villa relating to the new way they will handle away ticket sales for 2019/20. There was a fair bit of controversy about last season and their away ticket scheme, so it will be interesting to see how this new approach, with no scheme, is viewed.
Hopefully, the changes are deemed as positive by the ever faithful claret and blue travelling army.
The club can now confirm plans for our away ticket sales for the upcoming 2019/20 season.
After consulting extensively with supporters – and also following a benchmarking process with other clubs – we’ve made some changes.
Under new procedures, in order to be fair, transparent and reward loyalty, away ticket criteria will be based on attendance at previous away games from the 2018/19 season as we also withdraw our away season ticket scheme.
The new sales criteria will start at season ticket holders who attended 18+ away games last season all the way through to general sale, with 15+, 12+, 9+, Season Ticket Holders and Claret/Cub members in between.
The first game of the season – away at Tottenham Hotspur – will go on sale next Thursday from 5pm online, subject to allocation and pricing being confirmed in the coming days by the host club.
We appreciate that while this new policy rewards loyalty, it means that it also potentially makes it difficult for a lot of eager fans to attend big Premier League matches on the road.
Therefore, 25 pairs of away tickets for each top-flight game will be made available on Pride Rewards for supporters via a Prize Draw, starting with the clash against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs. Winners of the Prize Draw will then have the opportunity to purchase a pair of tickets.
We understand that some fans will be disappointed there is no away season ticket scheme for this season but we believe this to be the fairest way to allocate away tickets to supporters who wish to follow us on the road.
Better to base it on actual attendance I’d say. Thoughts fine folks?