Upturn in crowds

After Sunday’s IRN BRU Cup tie with Airdrie we felt it was time to provide an update on the recent crowds at Somerset Park.

With the Scottish Airshow taking place in Ayr on Friday and Saturday we had no option but to move the game to a Sunday kick off and were very pleased with the crowd of 1135 on the day.

Last season in the Challenge cup, if you exclude the game against Rangers, we had one home match against Albion Rovers and the crowd was 994. In the 13/14 season we had one home match in the Challenge Cup with a crowd of 936 against Falkirk.

Other recent cup matches at Somerset have seen Brechin City (967), Alloa (753), and Queens Park (917).

So with plenty of other attractions on this weekend we were delighted with the turnout and want to thank everyone who made the effort to come along.

LEAGUE CROWDS

So far this season we have had 1549 against Raith Rovers, a home support of 1330. Next up we had St Mirren and the crowd was 2165 with a home support of 1365.

At the same time last season our opening 3 home games saw almost exactly 1000 home supporters which means we have had an increase of over 30% on our core home support at the time a lot of other clubs are seeing attendances fall.

We understand this will be a difficult season and as the manager has said there will be plenty of ups and downs however the backing we have received so far from our supporters has been tremendous and hopefully you will stay with us throughout the season.

AWAY SUPPORT

Away from home so far we have taken 286 to St Mirren, 264 to Livingston, 257 to Queen of the South and 348 to Dundee United. Again these are fantastic numbers and few clubs will receive the backing our away support gives every second week.

SEASON TICKETS

Season Tickets are still on sale providing big savings throughout the season. An adult season ticket is £220 and with 16 home games left would provide a £52 saving if you attended all 16 remaining home games – effectively 3 games free.

Two seasons ago we had just over 500 season ticket holders. By the end of this season it will be above 900, again bucking the trend among many clubs with lowering attendances.

HOSPITALITY

Hospitality spaces for this season continue to sell very well and if you are interested in hospitality for any match please contact Graeme Miller on commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk or phone 01292 263435 (ext3). Hospitality packages start from £65 per person and include a delicious 3 course meal with wine and private indoor viewing box to watch the match.

Of course we are always looking to increase crowds and welcome any ideas or suggestions regarding this to commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk or by phone 01292 263435 (ext 3)

Overall we feel there is plenty to be positive about when it comes to our recent crowds and how much of a part our supporters play in trying to progress the club. Thank you to everyone who has bought a season ticket or attended any of our matches so far, your support is hugely appreciated and we hope it continues.