I knew this was going to occur. The Sixers basically had a one year start on the A-league with soccer taking a year off. In this year they could have tried to lock up at least junior players in this state into following the Sixers. Some easy promotion could have been:
- Pre-season intersquad Sixers game at Wayville with all club juniors in uniform in for free. Some drills run by a couple of Sixer players. Dunk comp. BBQ. Have some promotion for Hudson Maher foundation and Great Mates at the event. Make the Sixers the "family club" Brenton Higgens talked about in the resturant. Give out free child tickets on the condition one adult purchases a ticket.
- Sixers get out on Saturday mornings and visit junior matches handing out Sixer adverts (as occured last Friday night). Once again why not child tickets on condition of Adult paying? Hook the children first and then watch the parents cough up the dough.
- Do what the Crows do after games. Get the kids to come down after a win, and hand them a autographed mini basketball etc. Make a big fuss out of a child and you have a fan for life.
- Make some rundle mall apearences. What happened to singlet presentations and poster signings in the mall?
- Make a decent website which is a usefull marketing tool. Put in a ten second video of various dunks and the crowd going wild (56K friendly). Every advert handed out at junior stadiums should advertise this site.
- Further to the point above, why not get some more female casual fans by advertising on the site that Oscar was in that Cleo comp. Seriously make a big deal out of it. You may laugh but in our group of 3 going to games this year one casual female fan (who had only gone to 1 game before last year) came to a game last year when someone was sick and talked all the way home about how good looking she thought Oscar and Dusty was (I then showed her Dusty's site, she found a pic of Dusty holding a Koala and now she's a season ticket holder).
So what did they do?
- None of the above.
- Raised ticket prices and waited for the fans to come.
- Made awful changes to catering, the website, carpark pass not covering final matches.
- No more Murry Magpie, (was this a management choice???)
- Couldn't even be bothered to put up posters in junior stadiums.
- Basically did everything to turn spectators from the sport.
Now that is behind us some things have been on the up-turn this season:
- Paul Bauer's input. Sixer training reports etc.
- Sixers actually at junior stadiums for once.
- An apparent pre-game show for the opening match this season.
- The ticket phone drive.
Still at the end of the day it's too little really too late. Crowds will surely be down this season, (I'm assuming this just on the people I talk to). Many were keen for buying cheaper season tickets in the back of the stadium. They were worried about migration? How do they think people feel now that tickets are being advertised for $15 for opening night already. $291 divided by 16 is $18.20 a game. So I'm paying more for being loyal. Now if there is just 4,000 people there opening night, what is stoping someone paying $15 to come down and sit next to me, paying $18 for the same seat?
Still I'd rather a full house than an empty one. Pity Sixers management waited til late July to figure out ticket sales would be down this year, when any person in a junior stadium could tell you they were going to be down as soon as they saw the ticket prices. Still hopefully Sixer management keep sending players to junior stadiums, keep promoting, fix their game-night problems and crowds will build as the season goes on.