As I mentioned in a previous post, I had the opportunity to sit behind the coaches wives at the last Gades game in Montreal.
Prior to O Canada and kickoff, my daughterâ€™s boyfriend and I sat down in what we thought were really excellent seats sold 7.5 hours prior to game timeâ€¦ We didnâ€™t know the significance of where we were sitting until thisâ€¦
Mrs Kauahi (who I didnâ€™t know who she was at the time) asked me whose tickets did I haveâ€¦ I replied that I had my ownâ€¦ costing me eventually $360 to $400 for the MontrÃ©al adventure. I was proud to attend this must win game for the Gades because I am a loyal â€œsouth-sideâ€? season ticket holder (CC-6-32/33) and wanted to cheer my team.
Puzzled by the question, I had asked the nice lady in front of me, well whose tickets do you haveâ€¦ I was wearing my autographed KJ#4 pro jersey (not replica), she replied, while Iâ€™m Mrs Kerry Josephâ€¦ I laughed my ass offâ€¦ then she said, Iâ€™m Joeâ€™s wife and the other answered Iâ€™m here with Kani. Then I find out that about 10 to 12 other seats are spouses/guests/kids of team members. Some of the kids were the water boys and had field access during the game.
Please donâ€™t get me wrongâ€¦ I had a blast (great conversation) but I paid close to $400 for the opportunity to sit there and perhaps be the only two people yelling â€œD-fenceâ€?, cheering, and talking up the team while sitting on the bench.
Then something hit meâ€¦ what an opportunity for the Gades to market next seasonâ€™s ticket driveâ€¦ providing season ticket holders with the opportunity to come to the away games as guests of the team. Perhaps the train games (no further west than Hamilton). Heck, Iâ€™d take a couple of days off for a run to BC granted the opportunity.
If the Gades offered up transportation/ticket, Iâ€™d find my own place to stay as well as meals. If the Gades are provided with a group of ticketsâ€¦ like to do for other teams at FCS, why not use them as a benefit for season ticket sales.
Iâ€™m not saying that spouses shouldnâ€™t go with the team but if players (team) are provided with 20 seats, why not allow 6 of them to go to season ticket holders or 4 of them to go to ticket holders, and then allowing a special 2 to have field access. Heck, Iâ€™d do the Bobby Boucher and hand out towels just as well as anyone elseâ€¦ Iâ€™d be happy to sign a waiver in case of injury while on the field.
Iâ€™ll let this thread go a bitâ€¦ and get some responsesâ€¦ Iâ€™ll then send it in for Lonnie and his team to digest...