The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) will not reduce gate charges to bring back fans to stadiums in spite of poor attendance at matches last season.
Some football stakeholders have suggested that gate charges should be reduced from US$3 to US$1 in order to attract fans.
However, speaking on the sidelines of an induction workshop held at a city hotel, PSL chairman Farai Jere said US$3 for the cheapest ticket is a fair price. Said Jere:
When you are looking for solutions you should know that price is the last thing that you should look at.
If you look at the three dollars that we are charging now, it’s a fair price which is actually below the regional prices for a match day ticket.
We don’t want people to underrate the issues to do with the availability of critical stadium facilities like Rufaro Stadium in bringing people back to the stadium.
I still stand by the fact that football has to be brought to the people. You need to bring the football to where people are. We need Rufaro Stadium up and running.
At Barbourfields Highlanders versus Caps United was a full house at three dollars, it was the same Highlanders against Dynamos at the same venue, why are we not asking ourselves why the situation was like that?
Jere said before considering slashing gate charges, football should also be on the radio adding this will help bring fans to the stadium. | Chronicle