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Skipper backs season ticket push

21 May 2016

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Rovers skipper Grant Hanley has backed the club’s season ticket campaign, which saw opening day sales more than double last year’s figures following Friday’s launch.

The great value deal offers supporters the chance to save up to £266 on matchday prices – that’s the equivalent of 11 FREE games.

Adult prices start from as little as £279 in the RFS Riverside (that’s just over £12 per game), while supporters can also watch the 2016-17 Championship campaign for under £300 in the Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End, Bryan Douglas Darwen End and the Jack Walker Stand lower tier.

Concession (ages 18-21 and 65+) prices start from just £179 (that’s less than £8 per game), junior prices have been frozen at £60 (less than £3 per game), whilst children (aged 0-8) can watch the action unfold for FREE in the new Family Stand, which has been relocated to the Jack Walker lower tier.

Hanley, who was named Rovers’ Player of the Year on his 200th appearance for the club on the final day of last season, hopes to see as many supporters as possible back at Ewood Park next term and believes they have a key role to play in terms of results.

“It’s massively important that as many fans as possible get behind the team,” said the Scotland international, who will soon be joining up with his country for high-profile friendlies against Italy and France.

“Especially for home games, we want to sell as many season tickets as we can. It really makes a difference when you’re playing at home and there’s a big crowd and you can feel them behind you.

“It gives you that extra man sometimes, so it’s massively important that we sell as many as we can and get as many people as we can in the stadium on a matchday.

“The fans have been brilliant with me during my time here and, as I said, home and away it makes a big difference. Especially when you play at home, when you’ve got that good support, it does give you at extra man at times, so it’s really important.

“As players, we understand that the fans aren’t always going to be happy with what’s going on, but that’s part and parcel of football. They’ve been great with us, as players and as a team, so hopefully they can come back next season and get behind us again.”

Hanley also welcomed the decision to relocate the Family Stand to the lower tier of the Jack Walker Stand and he believes a concentrated crowd in that area will lead to a more enjoyable experience for everyone in the stadium.

“If you get everybody together in that one area then that’s going to create a better atmosphere, not just for the players on the pitch, but the fans will probably enjoy that atmosphere a bit more as well, so I think that’s a good idea,” added the 24-year-old.

“It’s a two-way thing. We need to make sure we’re giving 110% every week and we’re right at it, and in turn they need to get behind us and that will give us an extra bit as well.”    

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