Kilmarnock kicked off a row about ticket allocations this week by slashing the number of briefs they will give Rangers for the final game of the season from 8000 to 4000.
The Rugby Park side’s chairman Billy Bowie has since confirmed this will be a long-term step and admitted that the potential financial costs are something that “doesn’t really bother” him, according to the Daily Record.
Despite the prospect of losing out on hundreds of thousands of pounds every season, Killie also cite what is best “economically” for the club as the reason for refusing to rip up their plastic pitch.
There’s little argument that having a surface that can be used regularly and rented out can have major benefits for a club – but when they seem to willing to turn their nose up at money from visiting fans then it needs to be looked at.
Clubs surely can’t plead poverty as a reason for keeping sub-standard pitches then turn away sizeable sums of ticket money and leaving thousands of empty seats.
If Kilmarnock were regularly selling out Rugby Park then they’d be more than welcome to cut allocations to allow more of their own fans in.
But as it is, visits from Rangers swell the gates from an average of 6500 to over 12000.
Bowie hopes to get an extra 1000 punters through the doors by cutting the Old Firm’s allocations and good luck to him.
Next time someone brings up ripping up their plastic pitch though, hopefully, they’ll be quick to remind him how the financial implications of this “doesn’t really bother” him.