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Why Plymouth Argyle are not cutting season ticket prices after League One relegation – Plymouth Live

Plymouth Argyle have decided not to cut their 2019/20 season ticket prices after their relegation from League One.

Chief executive Andrew Parkinson believes they still represent good value for money overall, even though the Pilgrims will be playing in a lower division next term .

He pointed to the redevelopment of the Mayflower Grandstand as adding a new dimension to Argyle.

Parkinson also revealed that current season ticket sales were at the same level as they were this time last year.

Argyle did take the decision to extend the ‘Early Bird’ discounted price deadline after their relegation.

The Green Army now have until May 22 to buy their season tickets before they rise to the standard price.

For an adult, the difference is £395 now, compared to £441 from May 23 onwards.

Parkinson told Plymouth Live: “Season ticket sales have held up really well. In fact, we are absolutely on a par with last year.

“In fact, I actually think we will probably sell more this year. People do buy into the fact there are things to look ahead to for next season.”

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Parkinson was referring to the Mayflower Grandstand, which is still scheduled to open in the final quarter of 2019, and a team playing for promotion under a new manager.

The Early Bird adult price has risen by £20 this year and that, along with increases in other categories, has upset some fans, especially after Argyle dropped into League Two.

However, Parkinson confirmed there was no plan to reduce the cost of a season ticket.

“Of course it was considered but we are not going to do that at this stage,” he said.

“I think we look at season tickets as being good value for money overall. The vast majority of our season tickets are actually concessions.

“If you look at our Early Bird prices, you are talking under £20 for a game (for an adult).

“We have got other levels for under-eights, under-12, and we have got season tickets for people serving in the Armed Forces and over-65s.

“I think it represents a good opportunity for most people.

“Over and above that, I think the facilities at Argyle, when you compare them to most of the clubs that we would see in League One and League Two, are far superior.

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“You have got the chance to get cup tickets, the chance to get away tickets and you have also got discount on retail.”

He added: “Of course, we absolutely get the fact that people can make choices, and so they should.

“We did consider that (cutting season ticket prices) but I think overall we would say that it represents good value for money.”

Parkinson also highlighted the fact that Argyle had achieved Gold Award status in the EFL’s 2019 Family Excellence Scheme.

The scheme represents the EFL’s commitment to make attending games a more family-friendly experience.

Critics of Argyle’s season ticket prices will still argue, however, that they are among the highest, if not the highest, in League Two.

Parkinson said: “I could understand some of those thoughts. But when you think about it on the price per game, and what you get versus other clubs, then I think you could say it would be good value for money.

“I think what we do have for the future, in terms of looking at facilities for fans, will add to that.

“We have got a lot to do on making the match-day experience a better one, but the recognition of having the Gold Award for families shows that we are on the right track.”

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