Spanish football club Espanyol is offering free season tickets to some fans following its relegation from the top-tier LaLiga last season.
The Barcelona-based club has also revealed that new fans will be offered 2020-21 season tickets with a 50% discount compared to 2019-20.
Existing season ticket-holders will be offered a further 60% discount, with it unlikely that any fans will be permitted into stadiums for at least the first half of the new season. If or when fans are able to return, Espanyol supporters will not be required to pay the difference.
The free season tickets will be offered to members who requested compensation for the lost home matches at the end of the 2019-20 season when renewing for the 2020-21 campaign. Espanyol said that more than 90% of members have taken up this option.
The COVID-19 compensation for the 2019-20 season was 20% of the overall season payment. Subtracting this from the final price of the 2020-21 season will ensure that members who already have a free membership card will not be required to pay anything.
Members who chose to receive their compensation via store gift cards or separate tickets will have to pay the difference, but Espanyol is giving members until August 31 to decide on their preferred compensation method. Fans will also be given the option to change their choice.
“All of this involves a significant economic commitment from the club,” Espanyol said in a statement. “However, it ensures that members and subscribers can continue their relationship with the club in a particularly difficult season where unity is key to achieving our objectives.
“Remember that the membership card, showing your allegiance to the blue and white family, will be sent free of charge to everyone who has been a member in the 19-20 season. This is a way of saying thank you for the ongoing support shown in one of the toughest seasons in the club’s history.
“These exceptional measures have been put in place at a time when Espanyol knows that in order to move forwards, it needs the support of its members and subscribers. As such, focusing on subscription renewals has been high on the priority list.
“Those interested in registering for next season must pay for the membership card (€60 for an adult and €45 for a child). Finally, as it’s still unclear when full-capacity match attendance can resume, new subscribers will pay an advance of €20 as a seat reservation, and when they are able to attend matches at the RCDE Stadium, they will only have to pay the difference based on the tariff in their chosen area.”