League's great lament, fans priced out of City Country

Coffs Harbour City Council says it warned City Country ticket prices would limit the crowd.
Coffs Harbour City Council says it warned City Country ticket prices would limit the crowd. Leigh Jensen

THE fallout from Sunday's paltry Country v City crowd numbers continues, with Coffs Harbour City Council admitting ridiculous pricing made it difficult to attract local fans.

With only 4655 going through the gates at BCU International Stadium, the question of whether the event was value for money is being asked.

The cheapest grandstand ticket to Sunday's match was priced at $50 in comparison with a ticket to the A-League grand final in Sydney which was only $35.

"Everyone was disappointed with the crowd numbers on Sunday, however you must ask yourself why was this the case," said Coffs Harbour City Council general manager Steve McGrath.

"While Coffs Council bid to host the Country v City game it was the NRL who set ticket prices for the match.

"We have two big events on the Coffs Coast in close proximity to one another, with Nitro Circus coming early next month.

"Did we see local families making a judgment call on what they find better value for money? I don't know."

Mr McGrath said the council's sports unit was currently looking at a range of possibilities for attracting different types of events here, including an A-League fixture. National media have criticised the fact the attendance at the Country v City game was the lowest in its history.

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