|£26 to sit in the Pavilion here!|
No less a scribe than Scyld Berry opened up the debate a couple of weeks ago saying that the county game is on its arse. Well, more or less, in layman's terms - I'm sure that wouldn't be the official rhetoric that he used but you get my drift. We love the county game though and the players love playing in it. It is the pinnacle of the domestic game. So how do we get more crowds into watch? Some counties let people in for free at tea. Kids for free all across the country would be another. That is a start. Some have some great offers on, some don't. Here is what we gleaned from websites of the counties, and as I said if these are wrong (they are seriously long winded in certain cases), then we will gladly put them right.
Derbyshire - £12 for Adults £4 for kids. They also offer a Six Pack, which is six games for £55.
Durham - £12 for Adults. The log in to get the kids price was too complicated so I gave up. Something to look at here, Durham!
Essex - £17 for Adults £9 for kids.
Glamorgan £15 on the day, £12 in advance. Free entry for kids.
Gloucestershire - £17 on the day, £15 in advance. £5 for kids.
Hamsphire - £20 on the day, £16 in advance £5 for kids. A whopping £26 to sit in the pavilion!
Kent - £15 on the day, £12 in advance. £8 or £5 respectively for kids.
Lancashire - £17 for Adults or £15 for kids for the season. The most expensive in the country for kids if just attending one game.
|Empty seats at Old Trafford|
Leicestershire - £10 for Adults £1 for kids. Interestingly, you can take your dog to Grace Road but he/she needs to be a member. Membership for dogs is £5 but you need a photo of the dog!!! I kid you not. Maybe people have been smuggling dogs in on other doggy memberships?
Middlesex - £16 for Adults £5 for kids
Northants - £10 for Adults. Free entry for kids. They had the smallest amount of people through their gates in 2012.
|Wantage Road, Northampton|
Nottinghamshire - £14 for Adults and £8 for kids. Entry after tea is £3.
Somerset - £18 on the day, £13 in advance. £1 for kids.
Surrey - £12 for Adults. £1 for kids.
Sussex - £15 for Adults. £5 for kids. Under 5's are free.
Warwickshire - £20 on the day or £15 in advance. £5 for kids.
Worcestershire - £13 for Adults £3 for kids.
Yorkshire - £15 for Adults. Free for kids.
No doubt there are all sorts of membership schemes which offer discounts but are unbelievably complicated to work out in some cases, and there are some offers on for buying in bulk. We also applaud those counties who let kids in for free or up to a few quid.
Let's make the effort to get crowds back watching the local counties and take pride in what is a wonderful competition. Let's also not make it too difficult to rock up with your kids on the day and not have to pay too much for it.
We watch with interest.