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  • "I don't have a problem with 'visually impaired' people paying half price (after the enabler's free ticket is taken into account), but I do feel the club could have handled the change with more tact & some advance notice.

    Now that season tickets are on sale, would anyone care to hazard a guess as to how many STHs we will have this season?

    My uninformed guess is about 20,000."
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Criticism for Saints over tickets for visually impaired fans

Criticism for Saints over tickets for visually impaired fans

St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton

St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton

First published in Saints News

SAINTS have been criticised for their decision to start charging visually impaired supporters for tickets.

The club have confirmed that they will no longer be allowing free entry to fans with serious sight problems.

Instead, Saints will charge them the lowest possible price in each age category, which they say brings them in line with the policy of most other Premier League clubs. They will continue to allow free access to visually impaired supporters’ enablers.

John Cunningham, a voluntary worker with the charity Open Sight, believes there should be a rethink.

“The lowest price in each category doesn’t really count as a concession,” he said.

“That’s moving the community club we know and love into an arena that’s becoming less and less community minded, to the detriment of people who have supported it for years, and that includes visually impaired people.

“I think it’s very detrimental and it doesn’t look good on the club.

“I’m not saying they should necessarily give free tickets, although it would be a nice gesture from clubs in the Big Society age.”

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