Ok Gades fans... this post is a hot one... Some (hopefully great) news coming from the Gades Office for Season Ticket Holders and possibly a new season-ticket campaign...
I sent the office an email and received a reply... see below
Hopefully going to pack the rest of FCS... here goes:
[i]Sent: August 17, 2005 8:01 AM
Subject: This Season
In a June 6th note from the President he commented that
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our ownership group is committed to you, our loyal fans and to making this team a successful one on and off the field. We will also be announcing exclusive specials for our season ticket holders in the coming weeks.
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May I ask how and when these exclusive specials will be announced?
What happened with the promotions for 2005 tickets?
Wasnâ€™t there trips and deals offered with a quick renew?
I think I had my renew form for a week before getting it back to you in Janâ€¦ If only 4500 returnedâ€¦ what were the results of the 2005 campaign?
I also have some concerns on the amount of open seats around me CCâ€¦ The ownership group has done some good things with the $99 deal but they have not concentrated on others areas of the stands. In fact, prior to the Sask game, at a couple of games, I was the only 2 seats occupied in row 6 of CCâ€¦
Now that the team is playing some of the best ball they have in a long time, Lonnie needs to get away from the bad press of Mardi Gras with the city. How about starting his 2006 season ticket campaign with a deal that new season ticket holders can get a deal on the remaining home games for 2005, current season ticket holders can also reserve their 2006 tickets by dropping a minimal deposit.
Offer a season ticket discount cardâ€¦ (i.e. BC Lions Orange Card)
Discuss a deal with OCTranspo that season ticket holders can use their â€œcardâ€? 2 hours before and 3 hours after on game day for a ride to FCS. Many fans are using the little or no parking excuse around FCS as a reason to stay away.
Get some local restaurants onside to offer a 10% discount on food or free appetizer/entrÃ©e on game nights.
Get creative and bring some of the Ottawa Rough Rider history/memories back to the Renegades to win back the older RR fans. Offer up some limited edition player cards. Give Chen his 250K for the rights to the RR and have the Renegades take home field in the RR colors after all the white R could mean Renegades too.
Iâ€™m not using the RR as a reason to stay away from my CFL fixâ€¦ I hope Lonnie has some interesting stuff coming up.
In response to this email... this is what I recevied back from the Gades org:
[i]From: Davyd Balloch [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: August 17, 2005 6:58 PM
Subject: RE: This Season
Wait until the season ticket announcement on Sep 8, wow[/i]
Wonder what Lonnie is cooking now...