The Vodafone Warriors have posted a 53 per cent year-on-year membership increase to date – the biggest of all 16 clubs ahead of the 2019 NRL season – but CEO Cameron George said the ultimate goal is yet to be achieved.
Figures released by the NRL show the Vodafone Warriors membership number sits at 12,713 compared to 8305 at the same stage last year.
The increase of 4408 follows a major revamp of the club’s membership model which has seen the introduction of a set rate of $199.00 for all reserved seating packages for the 10 home games at Mount Smart Stadium this season.
“We’re really pleased with the way our existing members and new ones have responded to our new offer,” said George.
“To see the improvement on where we were at this time last year is exciting but there’s still plenty of time for all supporters out there to jump on board with us.
“Our goal is to lift our membership past 15,000 in the coming weeks well before we start our season against the Bulldogs on March 16. We want our stadium to be full for every home game.
“It’s been said that we have over-achieved with this membership increase. We don’t buy that for a moment.
“The fact is we have the most loyal members and supporters in the NRL and we want them all to join us to make sure we go into the 2019 campaign holding top spot for the biggest membership growth. That’s something we could be really proud of in our 25th season. So come on everyone, get on the bandwagon and let’s show the Aussies how it’s done.
“Remember, you can have your own seat for less than $20.00 a game to watch our team at Mount Smart Stadium this season. That’s nothing short of exceptional.”
Cameron added the Vodafone Warriors also have a Super Membership tailored to appeal to diehard supporters looking for more from their association with the club.
The Vodafone Warriors’ 53 per cent increase far outstripped all other clubs with Wests Tigers the next best with their membership growing by 42 per cent from 10,902 to 15,512 while Newcastle ranked third with a 29 per cent increase.