OK. So if it is the FFA driving this price hike surely it isn't because 'the FFA felt Roar fans were not being charged enough to watch their team play in the first four seasons of the A-League.'
'Roar directors admit they are concerned about supporter backlash following the club's decision to almost double the price of season tickets.
As reported in The Courier-Mail on Thursday, a season ticket holder in the Orange Army section of seating at Suncorp Stadium will have to pay $345 for 14 matches compared with $176 for 10 games last season.
Board member Claude Baradel said the club's directors would discuss the matter.
"We've got to look after our fans - that's the important part," Baradel said. "We're looking at it now."
But Football Federation Australia, which ensured the Roar's future by buying a 51 per cent share in the cash-strapped club, is not likely to budge.
It is understood the FFA felt Roar fans were not being charged enough to watch their team play in the first four seasons of the A-League. online Courier Mail 17 May 2009.
How much to other A-League teams charge? Gold Coast is already poaching Roar fans by pointing out they are cheaper. How much do you pay to watch a team that was not competitive for 2 years and has the worst home (and best away) record in the league?
Or do the FFA think it is fair to penalise fans because of the cost of the stadium? After all it was the FFA that determined that the Brisbane team would play at Suncorp - the traditional Brisbane representative team - the one with a fan base to start with - Brisbane Strikers, I understand, were not offering Suncorp as a home and therefore were rejected.
Is the FFA prepared to ignore economic conditions?
What will the FFA do if crowd numbers fall so far that Suncorp is still not economic?
Do they have a plan B?
FFA, do you know what you are doing?
In the medium term, let's call it 2 years, no fans, no 4-3-3.