Exeter City fans given the chance to win a seat next to Tisdale
EXETER City fans have been given an amazing opportunity to view one of their team's games from an unique vantage point by winning a seat next to Paul Tisdale on the substitutes' bench.
The offer is being made available to supporters who buy their season tickets for the 2013-14 campaign in either the club's super saver or saver price periods up until April 18.
Coupons will be made available in next week's Echo for fans who have purchased their season tickets early to enter the competition.
The draw for the seat on the bench will take place on the pitch at the final home game of the season, against Cheltenham, on April 20.
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The winning fan will then be given the chance to sit on the substitutes' bench for one of the Grecians pre-season games that summer.
Exeter City's chief executive Julian Tagg, said: "It's a fantastic opportunity for someone to watch a pre-season friendly from the best seat in the house.
"To have a seat on the bench next to Tis and the players is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a game from such a unique angle, and to be among the pros when they're hard at work on a matchday."
The super-saver scheme, which runs from February 18 to April 6, offers great value for fans who will notice that the prices have been frozen at the same levels as they were for the 2012-13 campaign – apart from under-12 tickets in the Stagecoach and Big Bank stands, which still work out at less than £2.25 per game.
In the super-saver scheme an adult season ticket for the Big Bank is just £289 – the equivalent of £12.57 per game – which is a saving of £102 on the gate price, while a Premium under-12 season ticket in the Flybe stand has been reduced by nearly 75 per cent to just £85.
Julian Tagg, added: "Despite the challenging economic times we are still facing, we have tried to ensure that, for supporters, the cost of coming to St James's Park remains attractive.
"By keeping the super-saver prices pegged at the same level as last season, we are rewarding those whose regular attendance and support is so important to us – both on and off the pitch."
A premium adult Flybe season ticket is £408 – less than £17.75 per game – which is a saving of £144 on the matchday ticket price and the price of an under-18 or student Big Bank season ticket is held at £85 for the fifth year in a row.
To qualify for these prices, supporters will need to return their renewal or application forms by April 6, 2013, as prices will increase slightly for the saver period, which will start on April 7 and comes to an end on June 3.
The club is also reminding fans that they can become more involved with their club by joining the Exeter City Foundation and the Supporters' Trust, both of which are vital in terms of the stability of the club.
"People can save even more on these super-saver prices, while at the same time contributing to the playing budget," Julian Tagg said. "If you become a member of the Exeter City Foundation, you will save a further 10 per cent, while at the same time helping to secure the future of the club's Football in the Community and youth system."
Paul Tisdale, the Exeter City manager, is backing the season ticket campaign and is keen to get more fans involved with the running of their club, which is owned by the Supporters' Trust – for which he recently renewed his own membership.
"We are pushing for promotion to League One, so I would urge supporters to make the most of these prices while they can – they represent excellent value," he said.