Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday September 19 2009
A fantastic new initiative has been announced by Wigan Athletic in order to firstly increase and then maintain a larger attendance for home fixtures, this new initiative the club are calling the Big Ticket
Vital Latics are proud to support the club with their attempts to increase attendances at the DW Stadium and with initiatives like the Big Ticket then the future surely looks bright.
The Latics will be making up to 2,000 tickets per Barclays Premier League game available to local children free of charge.
With the new initiative, the Club is looking to increase junior support, encourage attendance at the ever-popular Junior Stripes Matchday Club and retain and nurture fans of the future. This is being endorsed by both the clubs manager Roberto Martinez and the club mascot Stripey the Laticat.
The tickets will be made available for the South Stand of the DW Stadium as of the forthcoming home game versus Chelsea on Saturday 26th September (3pm kick off) and will then continue throughout the season at selected games. The South Stand also houses a dedicated kiosk for the Club`s younger fans.
The Big Ticket initiative is a two-pronged scheme which will both give Season Ticket Holders the opportunity to receive FREE junior tickets for up to 6 selected games along with schools, groups and organisations who will be invited to apply for tickets once in every four games.
As the Club spreads its message further than the boundaries of the town, applications for the tickets are also being invited from schools and organisations from outside Wigan.
Roberto Martinez is a keen advocate of the scheme, "Every team needs the support of its fans and we are no different. A strong home vocal support can often make a big difference, particularly in close games. The Big Ticket is a great scheme and anything that can encourage new supporters to this great club gets my full support."
Paul Hunt, the Club`s Commercial Director commented, "We must strike a balance between encouraging new support and ensuring we do not disadvantage our Season Ticket Holders who have committed themselves to the Club for the full ten months of the season. I think we have managed to do this with the Big Ticket and we look forward to welcoming new young fans to the DW Stadium."
Season Ticket Holders who apply for a free ticket for juniors can exchange their existing seat to enable the Season Ticket Holder to sit with the youngster they have invited.
Additionally, parents or family members wishing to accompany the child lucky enough to obtain a free ticket can also take advantage of a £5 discount off the already competitive regular matchday prices to enable them to accompany them to the game.
The Club Shop is also getting in on the action by providing FREE face painting and introducing Matchday Specials, a range of special offers specifically for our junior supporters.
Season Ticket Holders should either download the application form, collect a form from the DW Stadium (Ticket Office, Club Shop or reception) or contact the Ticket Office on 0871 66 33 552.
All schools/organisations will be contacted with application details but further information can be obtained by visiting www.latics.tv
, via the Matchday Programme or by contacting the Club on 01942 774000 (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Vital Latics have teamed up with the author Ken Barlow to offer one lucky Vital member the chance to win a personalised signed copy by Ken himself of his fabulous new book about life supporting the Latics back in the 1970`s, entitled `Mild and Bitter Were the Days`.
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Which league were the Latics in before they gained election to the football league:
A - Southern Premier League
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Date:Saturday September 19 2009
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