Oyston looking forward to bumper crowds again

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MORE than a million people saw the Seasiders in the flesh last season.

The total attendance figure for Blackpool’s 46 Premier League matches was 1,002,295 – 299,815 home and 702,480 away.

Pool are next in action at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday, July 19, when Scottish giants Rangers come to town, and chairman Karl Oyston is hoping for another bumper turnout.

“I am hoping for a full house and it should be a good game,” said the Seasiders chief. “The police have been very helpful and really got to grips with the logistics.

“The police now accept this town needs people in it, that it needs to improve itself and to bring visitors in, and those visitors need to come to the town and spend money and stay for the weekend or for a few days.

“The council again have been instrumental in assisting the police logistically and to get to the position they have where it is essential that, whatever the problems, we just bring people into Blackpool.

“I’m very pleased about that and as a club we are now used to dealing with bigger numbers of supporters.

“We have had a very good season in the Premier League and our ground safety staff have done fantastically well in managing a massive influx and twice the number of people that they’ve ever previously been used to dealing with.”

Pool’s ground should be fairly full all next season, with fears that attendances might slump after relegation being eased by the impressive season ticket sales.

More than 9,500 season tickets have so far been sold - showing fans are sticking by Pool despite their exit from the Premier League.

“Most fans wouldn’t have thought that we’d have a realistic chance of getting there. Now we have and so nearly staying there all of us want to get back there,” said Oyston.

“The supporters know they are a big part of that and it is fantastic that they’re turning out in such big numbers.

“On the whole keeping the prices the same for three seasons has been a good thing.

“We do realise the sacrifices that people make.

“It is a big commitment from them in very difficult economic times so we do try and keep prices as competitive as we can.

“Also we try and offer incentives for families, effectively that’s what the new south-east corner stand (being built over the summer) is for - a new family stand, complete with better upstairs concourse facilities for that.

“Obviously we still do the free season tickets for under 7s accompanied by an adult.

“So we try and make it as affordable as we can while trying to satisfy the demands and needs for the highest possible revenue in order to back the manager and bring players in that will help us improve.”

*TICKETS for the Seasiders opening two home Championship games, against Peterborough (August 14) and Derby (August 17), are on sale at the Bloomfield Road ticket office from 9am on Monday.