In a bid to attract more football fans to the National Stadium, the Malta Football Association announced a special offer with regards to tickets for the EURO 2012 qualifier between Malta and Greece which is due to be played on Saturday 26th March, kick-off at 20:30.
The Malta Football Association is offering regular stadium goers the opportunity to purchase their ticket for the Malta vs Greece match at a reduced rate, if they buy their tickets beforehand when attending to one of the matches of the senior domestic competitions.
Any person attending and paying for a ticket for one of the BOV National Leagues and U*BET F.A.Trophy matches scheduled to be played at the National Stadium, Centenary Stadium, Hibernians Stadium, V. Tedesco Stadium or Gozo Stadium between the 11th and 20th March 2011, can also buy a ticket for the Malta vs Greece match at the reduced rate of €4 for a seat at the Millennium Stand, and at €2 for a seat at the South Stand.
This offer will no longer be available after the above mentioned dates.
The normal ticket prices will be as follows:
West Stand (Upper) €25
West Stand (Lower) €10
Millennium Stand €5
South Stand €3
West Stand A will be reserved for visiting fans
Pre-match ticket selling will start on Wednesday 16th and will remain open until Friday 25th, from the following outlets:
MFA Headquarters – Millennium Stand, National Stadium, Ta’ Qali
MFA Gym & Fitness Centre – Millennium Stand, National Stadium, Ta’ Qali
C. Carabott Booksellers – Paola Square
Eros Stationery – Paceville
Gelardu Kiosk – Valletta
Lion King Stationery – Pieta
Star Tourism – Bugibba
TeamsporT – Iklin
or online at www.action.com.mt
When buying a ticket online from action.com.mt, postage will be free.
MFA Chief Executive Officer Bjorn Vassallo said these offers were part of a number of incentives for supporters. He said the association plans to make each national team game a whole experience and supporters play an important role in this. He said that the last game against Switzerland was a success thanks to the good performance by the players and the good number of supporters who turned out for the game. He said that those who watched the game live on TVM could witness the fact that Malta could obtain a good result against any opponent.
Vassallo explained that in a bid to attract more fans to the stadiums, the match ticket price for Premier League matches was reduced from €8 to €6. He said the paying attendance by the end of the first phase increased by twenty per cent compared to last season.
The MFA CEO said the association wanted to invest in supporters. He mentioned the refurbishing at the National Stadiums and also the reform in the National Leagues thanks to which football will move closer to towns and villages. He said that a new stadium will be built in order to host top-level football while football from the lower divisions will be played in regional stadiums which could host between 800 and 2,000 spectators, namely the Luxol Stadium, Charles Abela Stadium in Mosta, the Rabat Ajax Ground in Mtarfa and eventually the Sirens Ground.
Vassallo explained that the association is also currently considering increasing the capacity at the Victor Tedesco Stadium and investing at the Hibernians Stadium. He also revealed that there are plans for a new ticketing system for next season where tickets could be available for sale beforehand and also, possible online.
He concluded by saying that the association will continue working hard to attract more fans to the stadiums, including bringing back those people who no longer go to watch domestic matches.
MFA Head of Marketing Norman Saliba explained in detail the offers with regards the tickets for the Malta vs Greece game. He said the fine performance against Switzerland should encourage more fans to watch this game.
These incentives are part of the campaign “Mill-Qalb u b’ Determinazzjoni”. He said he had no doubts with regards the players’ determination in this coming game but the fans’ support would be a big plus.
Saliba said the association will be marketing the game in various media and will also take the players closer to the public. One activity will see the visit of national team players at St. Benedict College.
National team player Jamie Pace said that such incentives are good for football. He said that for a player entering the field of play and hearing the fans’ support is fantastic. A player would not want to disappoint himself but would also try to avoid disappointing the supporters.
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