2020/21 Ticketing Update from Managing Director Douglas Struth
In the end, the 2019/20 season did not finish in the way any of us wanted. However, the achievement of reaching a first ever GUINNESS Pro14 Semi-Final and the Quarter-Finals of the EPCR Challenge Cup – where we ran one of the best teams in Europe very close, on their home ground, and in very difficult conditions – should never be understated.
I hope you will agree that we can be very proud of the team’s efforts during the 2019/20 season and that the club is in a far better position, both on and off the field, than it was 12-months ago. That progress is something that we are all determined to maintain. Despite the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, we look forward to starting the 2020/21 campaign from a strong position and with real hope and expectation.
GUINNESS PRO14 has now confirmed the dates and kick-off times for the opening eight rounds of 2020-21 fixtures. There are plenty of exciting match-ups to look forward to, while it genuinely feels like a new chapter for the club given the construction of our new home and the squad we have in place – made up of genuine international stars and home-grown talent.
Given how determined and hungry this club now is for success, we cannot wait to get the new campaign off to the best possible start against Ospreys at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 3 October. Alongside that drive for success comes your support, which is now more important than ever.
After the release of fixtures and the recent tightening of Covid-19 related restrictions, I received a number of queries asking for more clarity on 2020/21 ticketing. As I hope you will understand, this remains an incredibly fluid and complex situation. However, as it stands, we are expecting to play our home fixtures behind closed doors up to at least the end of October. This will be kept under constant review though.
Against that reality, and with the ongoing uncertainty as to when and how crowds might be able to return, I believe it would be misleading for us to sell a Season Ticket product right now. As such, we have decided not to sell a 2020/21 Season Ticket at the current time. We will review this again in November/December, when it is my sincere hope that Covid-19 related circumstances have moved on sufficiently for us to sell a Half-Season Ticket, covering the second-half of the 2020/21 season.
With our new stadium due for completion in November - and if physical distancing allows it - I would also hope that such a Half-Season Ticket would be for our new stadium. If that’s the case, then former 2019/20 Season Ticket holders would have purchase priority for the new stadium, as per previous communications, followed by 2020/21 Castle Club members.
Whilst we’re all disappointed that this decision needed to be made, we were delighted to be able to offer you our brand-new Castle Club and Castle Club Junior Memberships earlier this year.
Almost 1,000 of you have already backed the club through a Castle Club or Castle Club Junior Membership, but if you haven’t yet signed up – please do so now. Quite simply, your club needs your support – and in the absence of a Season Ticket for at least the first half of the 2020/21 season, and if we are able to play in front of a crowd during that time, then a Castle Club or Castle Club Junior Membership will be best way to see the team live in action (with a 20% discount on match tickets).
In those circumstances, Castle Club and Castle Club Junior Members will be given a one week priority window to purchase any available match tickets before any general sale (although if there’s a limited capacity due to government requirements and physical distancing then we may not be able to have a general sale).
With a Castle Club or Castle Club Junior Membership, you will also be able to take advantage of a 25% discount on any Season Ticket for the second half of the 2020/21 season, if we are able to sell one.
These remain truly unprecedented times. However, I thank you as always for your patience and understanding. Your support truly is the lifeblood of this club and we can’t wait to welcome you back BT Murrayfield (and then our new home) just as soon as we are allowed and it is safe to do so.
All the very best,
Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director