ANDY WARREN COLUMN: The price is right for all tonight
I’VE lost count of the number of times I’ve heard speedway fans say or write that it should be a £10 sport, well, for tonight anyway, it is.
The Robins have slashed their prices for tonight’s meeting with Birmingham to allow all adults in for £10 - a move which will hopefully bring a bumper Bank Holiday crowd to the Abbey Stadium.
It’s a wise move from the Robins management, firstly to reschedule the meeting so soon after it was rained off on Thursday, and secondly to reduce prices considering they are at home again on Thursday night.
Two home meetings in a week would no doubt test many fans’ bank balances, but this offer should help a few attend both.
While I’m sure we would all like to see the price of attending a speedway match come down on a permanent basis, a lot would have to change to make it possible.
It’s obviously not as simple as dropping admission down to £10, as this would leave the clubs needing to bring in 70 per cent more fans to cover the shortfall from the current £17 entrance fee. You and I both know that isn’t going to happen.
That means, to bring speedway into the £10 market, significant savings are going to need to be made which would change the sport in this country entirely.
Tonight’s deal is great as a one off and is the perfect way to try and entice those to the sport for the first time, but slashing prices every single week is surely a long way off unless the desire diminishes to see the likes of Peter Kildemand, Darcy Ward, Tai Woffinden and Niels-Kristian Iversen thundering around the Abbey.
There has been plenty of doom and gloom surrounding the Robins over the last few weeks but, this can easily be alleviated with just a couple of decent results.
The trio of Kildemand, Troy Batchelor and Nick Morris have all proved over the last two seasons that they can be relied up to produce the goods and, if his mechanical issues can be sorted, Simon Gustafsson has showed hints that he is ready to come to the party.
Patience is the key. There’s still plenty of time to get things right, as Poole showed last season.
Having spent the morning with Darryl last Monday it was incredible to see just how quickly he has recovered and returned to his old self following such a big accident and period of concern which followed.
Darryl has plans to attend tonight’s meeting and, assuming he felt able too, I’m sure there will be many, many people who are happy to see him at Blunsdon this evening.
Tonight’s is an intriguing meeting and one, in my mind, the Robins really should be winning comfortably.
Despite their decent performance at Poole last week, the Brummies have really struggled so far at the start of the season, both at home and on the road, meaning a big victory for the Robins is the order of the day.