Mar 24 2017

Supporting your team – is it worth it?

Richmond fans celebrate after the side's win, in the Round 20 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and Essendon Bombers at the MCG in Melbourne, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AAP Image/Joe Castro) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Short answer; yes. Now it’s no lie that buying any sort of membership can put you out of pocket a fair bit of cash – the gym, social clubs and especially sporting teams. A lot of the time, yearly memberships to support your favourite professional sporting team vary anywhere from $500-$1000 and although this gives you access to all their “home” games, it’s still a lot of money in anyone’s books. A great example is becoming a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) – individuals are made to pay to get on the wait-list which then spans for over a decade.

Is it all worth it?

It all depends on who you ask. If you speak to a year-round sports fanatic or even someone who only follows one team a year then they will tell you the membership costs are worth it. If you speak to anyone else, they will probably tell you the opposite; both sides have their reasons but the main one will be the cost.

However, clubs have listened to the majority and many offer payment plans or alternative ways of becoming a member. Whether it’s a half-yearly membership that allows attendance to a limited amount of games or an option that allows the buyer to choose their own games, there are a plethora of options around.

As well as this, sporting clubs often add incentive to purchasing memberships. A great example is the Sydney Roosters membership program which includes the following into their membership packs:

  • – Invitation to attend “Members Only” Meet Your Players event;
  • – Invitation to attend mid season BBQ;
  • – and the opportunity to pre-purchase State of Origin, Finals Series and NRL Grand Final tickets.

All clubs do their own incentives differently and strive to stand out from the rest when it comes to looking after their members. The best thing to do is to see what your favourite club offers and what options would suit you the best – at the end of the day there is nothing better than knowing you’re contributing to the growth and improvement of your club!


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