The Squadron FSC Committee will be meeting with Newcastle Jets club officials this Thursday 10th November.
We will be discussing issues around active support: the new area on the Southern Hill, ticketing arrangements, security and policing, and any other relevant topics.
To ensure we canvass opinion from a wide a range of supporters as possible, we would like to ask anyone to send us feedback either via email email@example.com or on social media via reply to this article.
If you have had a positive or negative experience or you have any suggestions or feedback on how to improve the new active support arrangements implemented this season, please email/FB post/tweet them through.
The Squadron FSC Inc, Committee
The Squadron FSC has been liaising with the club after some issues were experienced with regards to ticketing for the new active area on the Southern Hill in Round 1.
There was some confusion about ticketing requirements to be able to access the active support area, unfortunately it wasn’t properly communicated that an unreserved General Admission ticket or membership wasn’t suitable (unlike the trial at the end of last season).
As the new Squadron bay now has a specific capacity, only a Squadron ticket or membership (which is a reserved GA ticket) will gain access to the active support area.
There are a number of ways to participate in active support for the 2016/17 season.
You can purchase a full season or 3 game Squadron membership. A membership represents a significant cost saving to purchasing tickets game to game. You can purchase your membership via this link https://membership.newcastlejets.com.au/
If you currently hold a Jets membership NOT in the Squadron bay, you can swap your membership for a gameday Squadron ticket. Simply visit the Members Services window on the left side of the Western Stand Entrance.
You can pre-purchase an adult Squadron ticket by visiting this link http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Newcastle-Jets-FC-tickets/artist/1055546?tm_link=tm_homeA_b_10004_4 and select the fixture you wish to purchase tickets for. Click “South General Admission” to bring up Southern Hill categories. Select “Home Active Support Area” to purchase a Squadron ticket.
If purchasing via the Ticketmaster mobile app select “Newcastle Jets Supporter Area”
Unfortunately Junior and Concession Squadron tickets can only be purchased at the stadium.
Squadron tickets can also be purchased at the dedicated ticket window at the Southern Entry gates. If you purchase a non Squadron ticket and wish to swap it, you can swap it for a Squadron ticket at this window also.
If you experience any issues with regards to ticketing or entry into the Squadron bay, please let us know either during the game or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can raise it with the Jets.
Never Tear Us Apart
It has become evident that active support numbers and involvement have been diminishing over the past few months. Some of this is in no small part due to the performances of the team, but we have also been reading a large amount of feedback online as to other reasons people are avoiding the active area.
We moved to Bay 60 as part of a regeneration of active support, there was a number of reasons for this which you can read here but the main reason was the Western Stand was where the majority of supporters now sit. However after being located in Bay 60 since Jan 2014, it is clear that Bay 60 hasn’t reinvigorated active support as we hoped it would.
We are therefore announcing a trial for the final four home games of the season for the active area to be located on the Southern Hill in the seating in Bay 42. This is beneficial for a number of reasons:
- Active support is traditionally located behind the goals
- All supporters who are interested in joining the active support will be able to utilise a GA ticket or any membership
- As the Southern Hill isnt a sanctioned active support area, we wont be allowed to have any flags, drums, megaphones or tifo during the trial.
- This is the perfect opportunity for those who state they dont like the European/South American style of support (drums & a capo) to attend and trial a different style of support to see if it works
We originally stated when we announced the Bay 60 relocation that our long term aim was to eventually end up on the Southern Hill anyway. However low turnouts and involvement have meant that active support could eventually cease at Hunter Stadium, which we couldn’t allow to happen. Some decisions had to be made to change things to reconnect with general supporters who might want to give active support a go.
So, we are inviting all interested parties who want to be involved in active support or who have previously been involved in active support but no longer attend to come along to bay 42 on the Hill to have a go at active support in a new area and trial a new direction. Plenty of people are happy to offer suggestions and ideas on what should happen with active support, NOW is the time to come forth and make it happen.
We are also stating our intention to hold an open active support forum for any interested parties to attend during the 2016 A-League Finals Series to discuss the future of active support for the Newcastle Jets. This will ensure the off season is spent constructively working towards common goals for active support in season 12 and the future. We will confirm details for the forum in due course.
on behalf of the Committee of The Squadron FSC, Inc