Plymouth Devils fans urged to buy season tickets
PLYMOUTH Devils' commercial chief Brian Cave has urged the city speedway club's supporters to boost season ticket sales.
Cash raised from sales of the tickets, which have just gone on sale, will help pay for improvements at the Premier League club's St Boniface Arena, which are being completed before the season begins next month.
The club have just been taken over by a new consortium, which includes former Devils' captain Seemond Stephens.
Thousands of pounds have already been poured into buying the club and commercial manager Cave said it was important to register as many early season ticket sales as possible to get some of the money back.
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He said: "I think when people go back to the track for the first time since last season, they won't believe it's the same place.
"The consortium promised improve-ments to the track when they took over and that's exactly what they're doing.
There's work going on to improve the public toilets, the lighting at St Boniface and the stand on the back-straight is being replaced.
"But that costs a lot of money and we need as many season tickets sold as we can, as early as we can."
Cave added: "Season tickets are important, because they bring in much-needed funding for the club. On March 22, we're hosting the British under-21 semi-finals at St Boniface and I think the spectators will be surprised at what's changed.
"But it's cost thousands of pounds to carry all this work out and the club could do with a bit of a help."
The consortium bought the Devils after it was put on the market by former promoter Mike Bowden last season.
A deal was recently signed after early concerns the Devils might fold.
Cave said the price of the new adult seaspm tickets – £200 for the 2013 campaign – would give supporters 16 meetings at a reduced price.
The tickets do not cover some meetings, such as the Premier League play-offs, said Cave.
However, season-ticket holders would still get those 'extra' meetings at a discounted amount under a loyalty bonus scheme being introduced. Students and OAPs are being charged £158 for season tickets.
Devils are holding their press and practice day on March 16, with a meet-the-riders event the day before.
The club, who are competing in their third Premier League campaign this season, are also looking to stage a challenge match on March 22.
ANYONE interested in season tickets should contact the club on 07532 180731.