WHILE many businesses are reporting a down turn in trade Warrington Wolves have reported a 10 per cent increase in season ticket sales as the team prepares for the forthcoming season with warm weather training in sunny Australia.
The stadium development work is rapidly taking shape and the corner seating quadrant is attracting new supporters to the club, with 52% of current sales in this area being to new customers.
Last year saw the team finish as League Leaders with average home attendances of circa 11,500. The match-day atmosphere at The Halliwell Jones Stadium is second to none and with the increased capacity and support for 2012 this is expected to be another big season for the club.
Dave Hutchinson, sales and marketing controller, said: “The club are delighted to be able to boast these very positive figures on season ticket sales, especially given the investment required by a fan to secure their seat or place on the terrace. The financial climate is not easy for many people at present and therefore that makes even more impressive reading, but more than that, makes the club extremely grateful for this show of loyalty for their Warrington Wolves. Our fans continue to impress with their support and we thank you. Let’s hope Super League XVII is as entertaining as last season but one thing we can be certain of is that the team will be cheered on by an even bigger and better following, in an even bigger and better stadium!”
Meanwhile the Wolves first team squad are currently in Sydney at their pre-season training camp which will culminate in a trial match against South Sydney Rabbitohs at the Australian Technology Park Performance Centre at Redfern Oval on Saturday 28 January at 6pm.
Skipper Adrian Morley (pictured right) says he is looking forward to meeting up with Matt King and the Burgess Brothers on the trip, as well as enjoying the Australian sunshine.
"We're here for three weeks so hopefully we'll all get used to it in that time," Morley said of the warmer weather.
"We are looking forward to playing the Rabbitohs out here. There's a bit of a Super League feel to the team with the Burgess Brothers, and obviously Matt King was out team mate last year, so it should be interesting.
"When I played here in the World Cup in '08 I thought that was the last time I would get to play in Australia, but I love the place and I'm really I happy I get the chance to come out here on this tour and play here again.