Sharks defend ticket prices

2012-10-23 14:00

Cape Town - Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl has defended ticket prices for the 2012 Absa Currie Cup final at Kings Park on Saturday (kick-off 17:00), saying that a semi-final did not carry the same stature as a final, which saw the "crème de la crème" of both teams, featuring all their Springboks, clashing to determine the "top provincial team of the year".

According to the Mercury newspaper, at R350 a ticket for the Currie Cup final against Western Province, numerous Sharks fans have complained the tickets are too expensive.

A ticket for last weekend's semi-final against the Blue Bulls cost R150.

Nevertheless, Van Zyl said he sympathised with fans who, because of the current economic conditions, could not afford tickets, and had tried to assist by keeping prices the same as they were in 2010 when the final was last played in Durban.

Van Zyl said he believed that the match would be sold out.

On Monday, 13 136 tickets went on sale at 08:30 – 8 053 at the stadium and 5 083 at Computicket. By the afternoon, 2 093 had been sold, while a number of fans on the Sharks' Facebook page expressed their unhappiness at the prices.

HAVE YOUR SAY: In these economic times, what do you feel is a reasonable price to pay to watch the Sharks and WP contest the Currie Cup final? Send your thoughts to Sport24.


  • Rick.Gonzo.56 - 2012-10-23 14:15

    Are we going to see another half empty kings park.

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-10-23 14:48

      sharks need the ticket money to pay Mark at the end of the month.

      richard.jeremy.79 - 2012-10-23 15:01

      The global recession is biting down hard with loads of people even in first world countries that are out of work.Cost cutting is essential and you've got to look after your money much more carefully these days and not waste it unnecessarily.

      hamish.drake1 - 2012-10-23 15:12

      All the fair weather supporters now bitching about ticket prices lol. The final is covered for season ticket holders. If you want support, then support the whole year and not just the final.

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-23 15:13

      Isak is dit hoekom jy nie daar gaan wees nie??? Go Afganistan!!!!

      sponge.plank - 2012-10-23 15:16

      Thank you, thank you, thank you Hamish!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-23 15:46

      Hey Isak! Welcome to Durbans mate. Bring a wetsuit, because its going to be a little damp, but it is great to have a few WP supporters here. Not too many, you hear...just a few. Have a great time here, and I believe it will be an epic game. See you at the game. I'm the one wearing black and white! Hehehe. Ok, so I'm not going to be alone in that!

      jason.children - 2012-10-23 16:58

      I was shocked at how empty the stadiums were on Saturday. At first I thought the weather kept the Sharks faithful away but then i saw the same empty seats in JHB. Bums on seats boys, you need bums on seats! And if a guy with a family of 4 is going to spend 1400 on tickets for the final then you are going to need some extra entertainment. Not just cheerleaders, who are so bad in this country.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-10-23 17:45

      Well said Hamish!

  • victor.mendes1 - 2012-10-23 14:21

    I am a Shark fan in JHB and would be angry at such prices!!! Maximum Price is R250.

      heiku.staude - 2012-10-23 15:18

      I'm a Sharks fan in JHB too, except I'm not angry, because I have tickets and I'm going down to the Shark Tank on Saturday. Just thought i'll rub it in to make you feel better. All the best.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-23 16:13


      victor.mendes1 - 2012-10-23 16:35

      Heiku I am doing Charity work on Saturday thats why I cant go, but have a beer for me :).

      jason.children - 2012-10-23 17:00

      @Victor, picking up a hooker (not the rugby kind) on the side of the road for a BJ is not classified as charity work. Its closer to political campaigning ;)

      heiku.staude - 2012-10-23 17:18

      Will do man. In fact such a charitable act deserves another, I'll buy some random person a beer for you. Can't wait to see the Sharks lift the trophy once again, 2010 repeat on its way.

      victor.mendes1 - 2012-10-24 14:00

      Thanks Heiku may 30-10 be all thats on WP minds when they take to the field.@ Jason your definition of Charity and mine differ. I am helping paint a cerebal Paulsy shelter in Germiston this Saturday any extra hands would be appreciated if you want to help.

  • alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-23 14:23

    The Sharks need to make lots of money so that they can buy more players :)

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-23 14:28

      I hear MS is up for sale...just kidding folks!

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-23 14:41

      Trav, stop trying to do stand up, not working, Lol!!!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-23 14:43

      You missed my facial expression mate. That is what made the joke so good! He he he

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-10-23 14:54

      Sharks needs the extra cash to pay the Ref'

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-23 15:00

      Well its nice not to be your enemy thus week!!! Go Sharkies, die een keer anyway!!!

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-23 15:06

      @Travie - we dont buy over rated players!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-23 15:47

      Deon...I promise I was just winding up the MS fans!

  • seanread.crisp - 2012-10-23 14:25

    Empty stadium in a Final...shocking! I can go see the Bokke for that much (just) Prices should be R150 MAX!

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-23 17:58

      Sean you will be seeing the Bokke.

  • leonard.w.gray - 2012-10-23 14:34

    its a disgrace, half empty kings park for south african domestic rugby show piece. This is not a test match, this currie cup for f$%k sakes!!

  • richard.kohne.18 - 2012-10-23 14:39

    If you don't want to fork out the money for a ticket - watch at home...simple as one is forcing you to buy a ticket!!!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-23 14:45

      I am sure that you understand that is not the point. The whole vibe of Sharks rugby is about getting the family down for the event and the braais on the fields after. A this price it is unaffordable for many.

      iza.loubser.9 - 2012-10-23 14:56

      You dof prick - not all people HAVE that money. Its not a case of dont WANT to...its a simple case of NOT ALL spectators / fans HAVE that kind of money. Or are you living in a fairytale world of the rich and famous? You know that there are poor people who would LOVE to support their team too, hey? Mom, Dad two kids...looking at a minimum of R1300 for the outing - some snacks drinks included...

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-23 15:09

      @Richard, I get your point, but paying R350 pp to see Keegan and the boys lift the cup... 6 tickets please!

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-23 16:18

      ek sal jou stick iza!

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-23 17:45

      iza, jy is te mooi om n sharkie te ondersteun

      1amAlan - 2012-10-23 17:47

      Deon, I hope that comes with a money back guarantee. I think you may be seriously pissed if it doesn't.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-10-23 17:49

      If you had a Season Ticket it is free. Wanting to take the whole family to the final because your team is in it - the one you haven't bothered to watch all season... then you take what you get. I've been to games in the rain this year, win or lose...

      iza.loubser.9 - 2012-10-24 11:09

      @Jimmy and @ Nighthawk - LOL!!!

  • markallenrsa - 2012-10-23 14:42

    Stay away, organise to watch on DSTV somewhere. This is pure and simple profiteering and should be protected against by the new Consumer Protection Act

  • dean.alcock2 - 2012-10-23 14:46

    So are you telling me Mr van Zyl that the standard of rugby in the final will be twice as good as was the semi???? If not then why double the price.......Just ANOTHER case of SA consumers getting shafted.

      sponge.plank - 2012-10-23 15:14

      No, but which game would you rather go to? Sharks v Province in the pool stages or Sharks v Province Final?

  • vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-10-23 14:50

    Another half empty Kingspark,how many of you actually went to half the games this year? Jeez I'd sell a kidney to go watch the SHARKS play the final! Stop bitching,if you don't want to fork out the bucks,park off at home and watch it on TV

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-23 15:11

      @ Vernon..correction: Not to play the final, to win the final, because that is what we are going to do!

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-23 17:48

      I still think the WP are going to wack you guys

      gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-23 19:15

      Keep on dreaming nighthawk, similar to Tshwane supporters last week

  • iza.loubser.9 - 2012-10-23 14:51

    Unions are killing spectators. They sell final tickets at these prices - attracting not full stadium - might as well sell them cheaper and sell out...that way they make the same rands if not more!

  • gregory.martin.5070 - 2012-10-23 14:55

    Drop it to R100 and fill the stadium to capacity - and supply umbrellas :)

  • sponge.plank - 2012-10-23 14:57

    I want to know how many of those complaining about the price went to all four of the last four games at Kings Park? That is Sharks v WP (Sopping wet pitch), Sharks v Bulls (Pouring with rain), Sharks v Griquas (Drier than the others, but still substantially wet), and semi-final last week (Similar conditions to Griquas)? You didn't go to the stadium the whole season and now all of a sudden the Sharks are in the final and you decide you want to go and then have the cheek to complain about the price?

      sponge.plank - 2012-10-23 15:02

      Yes R350 is steep, but only those who have gone regularly and paid the R55 pool-stage ticket fee week-in, week-out have a right to complain! For all those who didn't go to one game this season but want to go to the final consider the price as due for all the other games you didn't go to!

      byron.wright.102 - 2012-10-23 15:22

      Spot on the people who are at most games are not complaining because we have season tickets and the game is free.

      sponge.plank - 2012-10-23 15:40

      That's it Byron! I paid R1950 for my season ticket in Gold zone. I added up all the home games including the test match, semi-final and final to get a total of R1850. But I'm not complaining because we've seen some brilliant matches live and in the pouring rain to boot!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-23 15:51

      That would be me folks! Sucker for punishment, but I love me rugga, and I (apparently) am NOT a fair weather supporter. When I say Sharks forever, I really mean it!

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-23 16:20

      dis biedjie ver vir my om elke naweek van Pofadder te ry.

      sponge.plank - 2012-10-23 22:40

      We buy a season ticket at the beginning of the year in the HOPE that our team will make the final (at home) and then it is covered. In the interim you get to watch some dam good rugby! We don't wait until they are in the final and then bitch about the price

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-23 14:58

    Disgusting way to make money off your supporters and those who will fly from Cape town and other parts. This does not include the money they will make off food sales and liquor etc. once again,DISGUSTING!

  • rian.vanwyk.7 - 2012-10-23 15:03

    im a shark supporter but really, do they really think that they will get a full stadium @R350? i bet my salary they wont, its not rocket science the less the tickets are the more people will come with their children and golden faces like the grand dads and grand moms seriously sharks bring that down, i mean a normal ticket cost like r50 semi finals 150 and now final 350? the springboks were in action when the bulls and sharks played, the stormers dont make them that special

      hamish.drake1 - 2012-10-23 15:47

      Mate you could have bought a season ticket for R1100 before the S15 started. Before the CC started you could have bought the same ticket for R400. It included any semi or final. So for R1100 you could have watched S15, CC, Vodacom Cup and the international game. Now you just have to pay.

  • shorcha.visser - 2012-10-23 15:08

    Greedy bastards , why dont they say what they make with advert sales etc also, just to let the fans understand how hard it is for them in this current economic conditions, then the fans might understand.

  • pyn.appel - 2012-10-23 15:09

    Heartbreaking to see half empty stadiums in both semi matches as well .. will probably be the same for the final .. what a shame!!!! Prices are TOO HIGH !!!!!

  • terry.burne - 2012-10-23 15:12

    The stadium seats about 48,000 - and 18,000 tickets (approx) went on sale. That means that about 30,000 tickets have already been sold - either season ticket holders or suite holders. If they sell 10,000 of the 18,000 then the stadium will have about 40,000 people in there on Saturday - hardly empty! Unfortunately - if it rains (and so far this season that's a high probability) a lot of the fair-weather ticket holders might not pitch up - so the number of people actually attending might be a lot less. But I will be there, rain or shine ........... Go Sharks!

  • byron.wright.102 - 2012-10-23 15:17

    I am not paying that to sit in the rain sorry Brian- Still dont think its too bad a price, we all want it to cost like R100 but the truth is supply and demand set the price

  • john.liddle.397 - 2012-10-23 15:24

    they need the money to pay the referee,touch judges and the TMO

      sponge.plank - 2012-10-23 15:28

      Hahaha funny one - just like the four previous times that comment was already been posted on this page!

  • P.J. - 2012-10-23 15:24

    Super Sport is loving this! There viewers just shot up a lot for Saturdays game!

  • john.liddle.397 - 2012-10-23 15:28

    they need the money to pay BONUSES to the referee, touch judges and the tmo

      sponge.plank - 2012-10-23 15:41

      You said that already

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-23 16:25

      John, maybe you should say that they need the money to pay BONUSES to the referee, touch judges and the tmo. That will so funny.

      sponge.plank - 2012-10-23 22:44

      Hahahaha Jimmy! Now that IS a good one!! :)

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-23 16:18

    You get what you pay for, and you wont get this quality of rugby anywhere else in South Africa. It will also keep the "little people" out like Leakemia and suchlike. R350.00 to see the Sharks CREATE HAVOC....Priceless. BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

  • sean.tearnan - 2012-10-23 16:35

    250 is fair, 350 is just greedy. Can watch at home with my cheap beers, cheap braai, cheap dstv. With my mates or will go to pub. All cheaper and almost as good

  • bagley.sean.1 - 2012-10-23 16:38

    hbv oiu iou

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-23 16:54

    Move the game to Newlands. Real rugby supporters not the stiff upper collar, fair-weather wannabe supporters of the guppies

      sponge.plank - 2012-10-23 22:47

      Wouldn't you just love that? Another opportunity to choke in front of your home fans! (I hate resorting to the whole choking thing, as Sharks were there once too - but this comment just warrants it!)

  • malcolm.j.patterson.1 - 2012-10-23 17:44

    Only one way the organisers will learn and that's if the public vote with their wallets by keeping their hard earned cash inside. South Africans are not the "cash cow" they used to be.

  • Riaan - 2012-10-23 17:57

    How do u get 50 000 people on a staduim??U WAIT UNTIL THE STORMERS/WP PLAY THERE!!!!!

  • anton.vonvielig - 2012-10-24 19:11

    Wat moan julle dagga koppe, om te sien hoe jou span die poofters pak slae gee is priceless, vra my, ek het baie betaal om dit in die s14 final te sien, en dis was een van my beste beleggings ooit

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