Jul 27 2010

Ticketing policy Slovan Bratislava v Crvena Zvezda (Europa League)

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Slovan Bratislava have recently announced the ticketing policy for this ‘high risk’ game at Pasienky stadium against Crvena Zvezda.  As mentioned in a previous post, there have been concerns since the draw was made that this match would pose serious headaches for the club in terms of policing and security.  However it appears as though the club has listened to advice from various parties, taken onboard previous experience and are preparing themselves properly for what promises to be an extremely lively night in Bratislava, especially if Slovan manage to come way from Belgrade with the tie still alive.

Tickets went on sale this week, and everyone purchasing a ticket must provide identity and give the name of the person who will be using the ticket.  The club say everyone will have their ID checked on the gate, this is something I will be very interested to see if it is implemented properly.  Various price categories are available, starting at 5 Euro for the cheapest up to 50 Euro for the business seats.  The tickets priced at 5/10/20/50 Euros will increase in price on the day of the 1st leg to 10/15/25/50 Euros.  This is a really good idea from the club as Slovak football fans can be fickle and a lot of Slovan ‘followers’ would wait for the result of the first leg before buying their tickets for the home match. This may well still be the case, and I can understand why they would do that, especially after last season where Slovan lost a 1st leg tie 5-0 away to Ajax.  However, while to readers more familiar with football in Western Europe these prices seem very reasonable, a 15 or 25 Euro outlay is still significant cash in Slovakia and this idea may increase ticket sales significantly.

The Pasienky stadium is only a temporary home for Slovan, with Tehelne Pole, the former National Stadium and true home of the club since 1940, closed since last season for security reasons.  Plans are in place for a new stadium, although work on demolishing Tehelne Pole still hasn’t started (note to self: check status next week) so Slovan fans had better get comfortable in Pasienky.  A memorable night against Crvena Zvezda might go some way towards igniting a love for the stadium in the eyes of the fans which is not there yet.  I did notice recently a photo with new seating spelling out the name SK SLOVAN which probably sums up how long it will be before Slovan have a new home.

Recent Investment at Pasienky

Recent Investment at Pasienky

As yet there is no official sector for the ultras, and for this match Belasa Slachta, the main supporters group have pledged to buy tickets in the 2nd price category.  This is also a move I admire, taking the opportunity this match provides to boost the club’s coffers.

The club also state that the gates will be closed 30 minutes before kick off, and supporters of Crvena Zvezda can only buy tickets through their own official club channels.  This is the first match in Europe since visa restrictions have been lifted for Serbian Nationals, and hundreds are expected to travel. In addition to the ‘Delije’ supporters from Belgrade, there are many Serbians living in surrounding countries such as Austria and Germany who could potentially travel to the match.  It remains to be seen how this will be managed, if and how they will get tickets, and what is the spread of fans inside the stadium once the match kicks off.  There is one thing I am fairly sure about; the attendance will be higher than in the above photo from a recent Corgon Liga match against Kosice.

Plans are finalised for the supporters travelling to the away match this week, a trip I am gutted to be missing out on. Several buses and minibuses have been organised, and early estimates are that 300-400 Slovan supporters will travel. An interesting ticketing policy is being implemented in Serbia, with all supporters of Slovan required to purchase their tickets (10 Euro) from the Holiday Inn Belgrade between 10:00 and 14:00 on the day of the match.  From there fans will be directed to leave cars, buses and minibuses in a safe parking area and police will accompany the fans into and out of the stadium.

For anyone with an interest in Eastern European football, both legs of this tie are extremely enticing prospects, here’s hoping for great performances, on and off the pitch!

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