Sheffield Wednesday decade long season-ticket should interest Celtic

By Hamish Carton

January 16, 2020

A new decade long season ticket announced by Sheffield Wednesday should hold some interest for Celtic.

We’re always looking for new ways the club could attract supporters to Celtic Park on 67HH. With over 50,000 fans at the majority of our home matches, we don’t exactly have an attendance problem at Parkhead.

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t always be looking at innovative new ideas to attract the Hoops faithful.

The Celtic Park faithful (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Wednesday’s latest venture is exactly that. Ironically, the “completely innovative 10-year season ticket” will actually serve any willing buyers for a minimum of 15 seasons. The Sheffield Wednesday official website explains the plans in detail.

It reads: “Whilst Wednesday are outside the top flight, the 10 years will not commence until the club reaches the Premier League, be that at the climax of this or any future campaign.

“So, if the Owls are promoted in 12 years’ time for example, 10-Year Season Ticket holders will have accumulated 12 seasons before the 10-year package has even commenced.

Hillsborough Stadium (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

“And still there’s more! As an additional bonus, all subscribers will receive a minimum of 15 years for the price of 10.

So, if we achieve promotion in 2019/20, subscribers will receive an additional five years free, the following season four years free, the season after three years free and so on.”

Prices for the 15-year minimum ticket will vary from the lowest at £4550 to £6400.

There’s no reason why Wednesday idea couldn’t work at Celtic Park

Wednesday’s idea is perhaps the most radical ever seen in terms of season tickets. But could Celtic benefit from something similar.

Well, one key difference from ourselves to the Hillsborough side are that we can’t get promoted, and are unlikely to get relegated any time soon.

But that’s not to say we don’t have similar goals we strive for every season. Take the Champions League group stages for example.

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

We could offer a similar plan that revolves around qualification for that, with supporters ten-year tickets not starting until the next time we make the groups.

Of course, many supporters would be unwilling to part with such a large sum of money, even if they were guaranteed hundreds of games over the next decade or so.

But it will be interesting to gauge how it goes down south. If it works there then there’s no reason why we couldn’t implement something similar at Parkhead.