Is a $99 season ticket the right price for the Renegades?
President Lonie Glieberman will find out tomorrow whether his gamble to sell more than 9,000 seats at Frank Clair Stadium pays off when the club holds its one-price sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During a press conference yesterday at Silver City in Gloucester, Glieberman spoke about how going to a Gades' game will cost only marginally more than a movie for those who take advantage of the expanded sale.
The Renegades would like to average 18,000 fans per game this year, 20,000 next year and 22,500 in 2007. Glieberman said the sale will be a yearly campaign.
"It works out to something like $13 a game," said Renegades receiver Darryl Ray, an Ottawa native. "I don't think you can beat that to get to see some pretty good football. I really think the fans are going to love it.
"I don't think you can go wrong at this price. You can get a season ticket to all nine football games for what it might cost to buy two tickets for one game at the Corel Centre (to watch the Senators). I think it's going to be great."
With a season-ticket base of only 5,000, the Gades are determined to get more people into the park with the opener set for July 1 at 6 p.m. against the arch-rival Alouettes.
It should be noted fans will have to pay a $3 surcharge on every seat, which goes to the city.
Glieberman said the goal is to sell 4,000 seats, which will be general admission in six South Side sections (AA, GG, HH, JJ, OO, PP) and four on the North Side (A, B, H and J).
"We're offering fans the chance to get a seat that's 40% off the price off a single game. It's difficult to tell how it's going to be received, but judging by the phone calls to the office there seems to be a excitement," said Glieberman.
"The idea of this is to get a different crowd into the stadium. We did this at our ski hill in Northern Michigan and what we found was that we got a lot more younger people. Our goal is to sell 4,000, but we'd love to sell more."
The Renegades are ready to handle big numbers if there's an onslaught of buyers during the one-day sale. The tickets will be sold at the Famous Players Coliseum Theatre on Carling Ave., Famous Players StarCite Theatre in Gatineau and at Silver City.
"We're going to be able to move people through quickly because it's one price," said Glieberman.