By Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE’S topflight Premier Soccer League has further reduced gate charges for the second time inside two weeks in a bid to woo back fans to local matches.
The PSL were last week charging US$20 for topflight league matches and this price tag did not go down well with the fans who took to social media in criticism of the exorbitant charges.
After being alarmed by the very low number of fans, the PSL at risk of running losses there has been a revision of entry-charges which will now be pegged at $3 per game. Upper grandstands will be $5 with VIP tickets being $10.
All these amounts are payable in local currency at the official rate. The PSL said in arriving at the decision, it had consulted with various stakeholders who included club supporters’ associations.
“The Premier Soccer League has engaged various stakeholders including club supporters’ associations concerning gate charges for PSL matches,” the PSL said.
“While the PSL notes that clubs suffered huge financial losses during the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to incur a lot of costs in preparing for matches, we also understand the need to make our matches appealing and affordable to football fans who are the heartbeat of the game,’’ said the PSL.
At the start of the 2021/22 season, the PSL announced that fans will part with US$10 for the rest of the ground, US$15 to occupy the grandstand and US$20 for the VIP.
The charges were not well received with fans staying away from the stadiums.
Last Tuesday, a small crowd turned up for the match between Highlanders and Ngezi Platinum Stars at Barbourfields Stadium which was however cancelled after referees disappeared from the stadium.
For the Chibuku Super Cup quarterfinals played at Baobab Stadium, fans were asked to part with US$20 for the rest of the ground and US$50 for the VIP.
The four matches played over two days were however poorly attended.
Meanwhile, Premier Soccer League action resumes this weekend as Cranborne Bullets take on Ngezi Platinum Stars in the first semi-final of the Chibuku Super Cup at the National Sports Stadium before Dynamos lock horns with FC Platinum at the same venue on Sunday.