No Not the Watergate One With Nixon, but the Dens Park Payatthegate Scandal.
I naturally understand that we move with the times, and we as a club are no exception to this rule. However, there are times when you have to start questioning whether change is change just for the sake of it or whether it is indeed necessary.
Pay at the gate, is what most punters are accustomed too. We go to the game, queue up and hand over our hard-earned cash at the turnstile and make our way to our seats to watch our team. You might even pick up a Pie and Bovril while you’re at it.
However, times are changing, the norms are not being taken for granted anymore, and you have to queue up twice, once to purchase a ticket and then at the turnstiles.
Take this weekend’s match for example. Our club is playing away to Arbroath, the game is considered an all ticket venue but only for away fans. Yet, home fans can still pay cash at the gate. You have to ask yourself why the discrepancy here between two different fan sets?
To make matters worse, home fans are now expected to travel into Dundee to purchase their tickets before they head off on their away fixture.
Asking supporters to possibly travel long distances to purchase a ticket before a football match is not acceptable. This could have been more convenient and simpler by travelling to Gayfield, paying at the gate saving on both fuel and precious time.
Is this away game an important fixture, say a cup final with limited seating available?
Nope, this is your typical second-tier football match shortly before Christmas and New Year. The prospects of freezing my backside off watching a poor game doesn’t bare thinking about after all that journey time.
The official capacity of Gayfield is precisely 4.153 with 814 seating. Arbroath's attendance averages for this season average out at just over 1000 per home game.
Even if the club were to take over 2,000 supporters (And that is being generous.) this would never be anywhere near Gayfield’s maximum attendance limit. As this would require nearly 3/4 of Dundee's normal home support travelling up the A92. It's never going to happen, not at this time of year on a poor run of form anyway.
My critical issue with this whole debacle is we are presently living in a digital age. Most times we go online, we purchase or items and it then they are delivered to our doorstep via the post.
Most companies these days do not send out "paper" tickets to their customers. These e-tickets are typically sent to an email address or mobile-phone app and are displayed before entering the into the stadium.
Why are we still forcing people to queue in line to purchase paper tickets when we have an E-Tickets system already up and running? It seems counter intuitive to have an online system and not fully use it. Either let people buy tickets online or pay by cash at the gate.