Are you thinking about getting a season ticket for a club in Hong Kong? Can’t make your mind up on which team to support? Maybe you have a club in mind but don’t know how much it will cost? Jeff Hardbattle compares all the latest info on the currently available season tickets and club membership schemes for this year’s Hong Kong Premier League (All season tickets and club membership applications can be completed at home matches of the applicable team).
Last year’s champions may be a well-established and well-followed club, but following them on the road comes at a fairly hefty price this season. In spite of running previous schemes such as ‘buy one get one free’ and multiple free entries into home games, the Bluewaves have this year introduced a standard season ticket, the cost of which can be driven down by joining the club membership scheme. Here are the applicable benefits of joining the ‘Blue Wave’ membership…
- Each member receives one free ticket to a Kitchee HKPL match at Mong Kok Stadium, and one Asian Champions League group stage home match (value of $320).
- Members can buy a package of eight HKPL home matches at a discounted price of $780 (only one purchase per member).
- Members can buy a package of four HKPL home matches at a discounted price of $420 (only one purchase per member).
- Members can buy individual HKPL home match tickets at a discounted price of $110 (original price $120; four tickets per member).
- Members can buy individual Asian Champions League home match tickets at a discounted price of $180 (original price $200; four tickets per member).
- Members receive a $50 voucher for use in the souvenir shop or restaurant at the Kitchee Training Centre.
- Members get 10% off at souvenir shop and restaurant at the Kitchee Training Centre.
- Members get 20% off for official Kitchee souvenirs.
- Priority reservation for bookings at the Kitchee Training Ground.
- When renting at the Kitchee Training Ground, one locker is free of charge.
- Members receive a Birthday special/shopping voucher.
- Members get priority to join Kitchee activities.
Membership fee: $300 ($180 for students/senior citizens)
Season ticket total cost: $1080 (Membership $300+Discounted season ticket $720)
Eastern fans do fare better than Kitchee followers, though there is also an increase in the cost of following the Blues this term. Many fans will remember their scheme two years ago, which allowed entry to all home games for $200, but this has now been replaced with a membership fee and a separate package for season tickets. Here are the benefits of being a ‘True Blue’…
- Members can purchase season tickets at a discounted price of $300 which includes tickets for all domestic league and cup matches ($150 for students or senior citizens).
- Members receive a free ‘cheering t-shirt’.
- Members can buy Eastern-branded merchandise at reduced prices (can buy on match days).
- Members get priority for booking Asian Champions League qualifier match tickets.
- Members can participate in club activities.
- By attending all league games in the 2017/18 season, members will become ‘Prestige Members’ and receive a certificate, a gift pack and reduced membership fees for the 2018/19 season.
Membership fee: $150 ($100 for students/senior citizens)
Season ticket total cost: $450 (Membership $150+Season ticket $300)
Southern’s membership scheme is slightly easier to get your head around, and is quick and easy to get done to boot. Becoming a member of the Southern Fan Club will give you the following benefits…
- Members can purchase a season ticket for all nine home league matches for $360 or $200 if a student or senior citizen (Normal price $500).
- Members receive a free cheering scarf.
Membership fee: $120 ($60 for students/senior citizens)
Season ticket total cost: $480 (Membership $120+Season ticket $360)
Last year’s Sapling Cup winners have put together a good package for fans with a variety of options. Becoming a members of the Tai Po fan club gets you the following benefits…
- Fans can buy a standard or VIP season ticket. The standard version ($500) gets you tickets to all league matches and half price for cup matches, whilst the VIP version ($1000) gets you tickets to every domestic match that the team is involved in.
- Members receive a free Tai Po ‘cheering t-shirt’.
- Members can buy official jerseys at a reduced price of $400 (+$100 for name printing).
- Access to official fan WhatsApp group.
Membership/Season ticket fee: $500 ($250 for students/senior citizens)/$1000 (VIP)
Perhaps the best value season ticket available this season, fans will not have to dig deep into their pockets to follow the league’s newest members. Indeed, fans of other clubs may do well to take advantage of the offer, as it will likely save them money over the course of the season. Being a member of Dreams Sports Club gives you the following benefits…
- Included season ticket for all Dreams FC home games and cup matches.
- Discounts when purchasing home or away official jerseys.
- Surprise gifts at home games.
- Priority and discounts when joining Dreams FC fan club activities.
- Loyalty scheme – Collect one loyalty stamp for each Dream FC game attended:
-One Towel for 6 stamps (HKD$99)
-One Free ticket to the team dinner for 8 stamps
-One Umbrella for 11 stamps (HKD$139)
-One Practice Top for 16 stamps (Not For Sale)
-Another Free ticket to the team dinner for 18 stamps
-One Dreams FC Jacket for 21 stamps (Not For Sale)
-Collected all 24 stamps? Receive a surprise gift!
Membership fee: $100 ($50 for students/senior citizens)
***Please note that Yuen Long, Pegasus, Rangers, Lee Man and R&F are yet to announce any membership schemes for this season.