What does the Sunday Times article say differently?
In any case, this sounds like pleasantly surprising news.
From reading forums and whatnot, you would've thought there would be a bit of a decline after all the complaining about price rises and a boring season last year etc.
Was it a case of:
- the people who were unhappy voiced their opinion in forums but still accounted for a very small minority; or
- there were actually a lot of people who were unhappy and didn't renew but they have now jumped on board thanks to the hype train of new NBL ownership, general league and Wildcat big name signings; or
- similar to the above, but new fans have jumped on board to replace the exiting members.
The way Perth's pricing structure works whereby it is considerably cheaper to renew membership as opposed to join as a new member, you want to make sure about your decision if you decide to get rid of your membership as you'll pay a premium to get back in.
I'm surprised more people who whinged about the price change didn't just switch to a cheaper seating class (i.e. CC to Gold or Gold to Silver). You still get a lot of the game-night enjoyment from the cheaper seats.