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W/Warriors captain knocks ticket prices; but urges fans to support team

Trinidad and Tobago national senior women’s team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson has publicly criticised ticket prices for the upcoming FIFA Play Off second leg against Ecuador from 6 pm on December 2 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

Trinidad and Tobago and Ecuador played to a goalless draw in Quito on November 8 and the “Women Soca Warriors” need a win next month to qualify for the Canada 2015 Women’s World Cup. No Caribbean women’s team has ever qualified for a FIFA tournament.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson (number 9) is congratulated by Dernelle Mascall (second from right) and her teammates after her successful penalty kick against Guatemala in World Cup qualifying action. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson (number 9) is congratulated by Dernelle Mascall (second from right) and her teammates after her successful penalty kick against Guatemala in World Cup qualifying action.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

But the 28-year-old Attin-Johnson, who has a Sports Management degree from Kennesaw State University in Georgia, believes it will be harder to fill the Hasely Crawford ground at the $200 (covered stands) and $100 (uncovered stands) prices announced by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

The proposed price is a steep increase in the $50 fee (covered and uncovered stands) charged for the women’s last competitive game in Port of Spain three months ago; although it matches the admission charge for the men’s team, in October 2005, when the Warriors faced Mexico in a vital 2006 World Cup qualifier.

Attin-Johnson, a classy midfield player, thinks the TTFA should have mirrored the approach in Ecuador where a US$5 and US$2 entrance fee provoked a record women’s attendance of 17,500 patrons.

“I’m very much against those ticket prices (for the second leg),” Attin-Johnson told Wired868. “All we as players want is a full stadium and with those prices, unfortunately, I don’t think we will have one.”

The Warriors captain said she raised her concerns to TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips who replied that the goal was to have parity with prices for men’s games and that the special nature of the Play Off game needed a special price to match.

“That is Ecuador; Ecuador is not Trinidad and Tobago,” Phillips told Wired868. “We based our discussion based on feedback we got from the folks in Trinidad and Tobago. That was good and appropriate for Ecuador…

“When the tickets go on sale on Monday that is when the market will speak. But people are waiting to buy tickets and we already have pre-orders… So the overriding issue is the importance of the game and the level of excitement from the public.”

But Attin-Johnson suggested that, after all the women went through in getting to this stage, they deserved a break.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson (right) collects the 2014 Caribbean Cup trophy from CFU president Gordon Derrick. (Courtesy Jinelle James/WOLF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson (right) collects the 2014 Caribbean Cup trophy from CFU president Gordon Derrick.
(Courtesy Jinelle James/WOLF)

Phillips suggested yesterday that the TTFA would be happy to get between 12,000 and 15,000 fans on December 2 although he did think a full stadium was possible. The national captain thinks the volume of supporters and not revenue should be the motivating factor behind the local football body’s approach to the upcoming match.

No Trinidad and Tobago women’s player or local coach has ever received a match fee during the course of their international careers. They often received no per diems either and it was not unusual for players and staff to pool money to buy refreshments after training sessions.

After all the problems the Women Warriors overcame to get here; could the TTFA give them the favour of doing everything possible to provide a full stadium for the game of their lives in Port of Spain?

Phillips promised the players a match fee for the first time on December 2. But Attin-Johnson said the team is more interested in getting the emotional support from the public.

“We as players will not be exploited because it is exactly that what is going on,” said Attin-Johnson. “We are the main attraction and we want a packed stadium. What is the reason for the price? Where is the money going?”

In Quito, Trinidad and Tobago head coach Randy Waldrum predicted a full stadium in Port of Spain for the return leg and Attin-Johnson echoed his call.

Whatever the TTFA decides, the Warrior captain hopes Trinidad and Tobago football fans turn out to help push the team over the finish line and into the history books.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago women's players (from left) Rhea Belgrave, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Kimika Forbes, Arin King and Karyn Forbes pose during the team's pre-Caribbean Cup camp in Houston. (Courtesy TTFA Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago women’s players (from left) Rhea Belgrave, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Kimika Forbes, Arin King and Karyn Forbes pose during the team’s pre-Caribbean Cup camp in Houston.
(Courtesy TTFA Media)

“I’m just hoping the fans don’t see the cost as a reason not to come,” said Attin-Johnson. “I’m hoping they look at it as a chance to be part of history.”

Match tickets go on sale on Monday November 17 at all Kenny’s Sports Centre outlets, Trotter’s (Maraval Road, Port of Spain), Skinner Park (San Fernando), The Fan Club (Movietowne, Mucurapo), Ramsingh’s Sporting Goods (Chaguanas), All Out (Queen’s Park Oval), Econo Supermarket (Sangre Grande) and Heritage Sport (Scarborough)

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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164 comments

  1. Anyone have any idea where the tickets will be sold?

  2. Fair point. None. Although, of course, I’m working.

  3. THE TEAM IS WORTH MORE THAN THAT.

  4. The ttff head should have as the priority a full stadium and resign if it does not happen. Equity is a nonsense excuse. A home crowd should be the 12th woman in this case. A crowd who will make noise and intimidate the opposition not just people to sit in a seat. Time will tell. Profiteering it is… TTFF trying to pay off debt lols.

  5. There is no hope, I tell you, for this freaking place we call home. None!

  6. i read this article and wow the ttff is really full of it … the man admit he dont think we will be able to full the stadium … sad …. is this how management do things ? wow … he lacks so much vision … i guess thats what we get for putting the wrong people in management

  7. $100 to c my female warriors beat equador to go to d WC is small money…we does call a rounds of beers wit a $100 n doh get change n we dont complain so lewe doh complain fuh dis….FIYA FI DAT…

  8. No, I ‘ll be there as long as I have a ticket or two… I also went to a few games when we hosted the U-17. TBH, I would faster spend 200 to see a good match and lime than go to a fete, I did all that when it was proper fete, not the modelling show we have now

  9. There were 4,000 supporters at best who followed Trinidad and Tobago during the Caribbean Cup/World Cup qualifiers in August.
    That means that we are aiming for 18,000 “bandwagonists” to help full the stadium on December 2.
    So, it makes no sense to insult the people who want to watch the women play for the first time. The fact is those new supporters are vital at this stage.

  10. I hear you Savitri Maharaj. So they lost you. Imagine if they started there!? These people never filled a match at 50 and suddenly think they will at 200? For the team’s sake I hope they’re right. But I doubt

  11. Cause whatever they make is for them Collin.

  12. Well Fayola, I stop feteing now because I ain’t paying no $500 – $1200 to hear the same thing over and over, that money could buy me groceries including drink too.

  13. Ok. Let us drop the carnival argument because fete prices didn’t start where they are today. Hook people with low prices then raise it until the market tells you stop. I have never followed sports religiously, I am not a friend or family member, I can afford 200 (cuz I not sitting in hot sun or potential rain for a team I don’t know) but I won’t because I am not a loyal fan yet and that 200 can buy something else. E.g a cooler fete ticket – respectfully, bandwagonist who likes to fete

  14. The stadium can hold 25,000 but he is proud to set a goal of attracting 12,000 to 15,000 fans.

  15. They trying to make a dollar off the girls after they leave them hungryyy in Texas allyuh kno dem now, shame on ttff.

  16. Moot…this argument is…and keeps going round and round…hear this…I think all the people who say ‘$100 is not much and people does spend much more on Carnival’ should sponsor some minimum wagers tix for this game…you know…because they CLEARLY can afford it….but in all seriousness, I do agree with Lasana Liburd, it is more about the principle than the price…and I wholeheartedly applaud Maylee Johnson’s public critcism…she is standing up for her fans, the 12th man…it is the least she could do, in spite of potential risk of victimisation. And as some have mentioned…if we could be sure those gate receipts would be lining the girls’ pockets, we would shell out that much and more, probably.
    Honestly though, this no food and drink madness has got to be reversed…say no glass bottles…because honestly I feel l just might pelt one at any TTFF persons, if someone would point them out to me at the game….they want to sell food to me in styrofoam containers and plastic bottles I am sure…and I will not buy that…so I guess I will have to make sure I eat and drink before I go there! You know even in the cinema they let you bring your own water, right? So this amounts to a human rights violation that I cannot bring my own water….TTFF, please, get with the program!

  17. Lol. Touche Tony. I’m referring to the 4,000 fans who watched the women play in the Caribbean Cup.

  18. This is a game that i ain’t missing…. Our ladies need our support… As for the TTFA. SMH….. A bunch of Jacket AND TIE criminals….. seriously??/??? Dont be suprised if the TTFA screw our national team over again…. 19000,12000, 1000. 0r even 3…. i believe our women can reach the top on the grandest stage of all…..

  19. Kind sir I was not comparing women’s football to men’s I was simply stating that if we couldn’t full the stadium for a friendly with new Zealand and the cost of the tickets was about the same price also on a day during the week, how do they expect to do same on this occasion, said that to say this, at the end of the day which is more important the money made or the support for the team!

  20. Lasana, who are these “supporters” that are being exploited. Are you referring to the people who will be seeing these ladies play for the first time?

  21. I feel I gonna be saying Again. Again. Again with this thread yes lemme go an sleep.

  22. Again, it isn’t the price. It is the principle.
    The TTFA tried to say it had not choice but to charge a premium price as it was a FIFA play Off. Good thing I found out the ticket price while in Ecuador eh?
    When I mentioned that the response was: That was there and this is here.
    It all seems a bit ad hoc. Particularly from a body that doesn’t produce audited statements.

  23. Again it’s not about who can afford it! Its about getting people there! Tell me someone getting minimum wage paying rent can afford it an I’ll hush my mouth.

  24. Ian R Briggs that is precisely it. Anthony Sherwood, you don’t set prices solely based on if people can afford it. And it actually is wrong to try to exploit your supporters because you think you can wring a few extra dollars out of them.
    Following that thinking, Jack Warner was right to sell a package worth $9,000 at $40,000 for the 2006 World Cup and put an ad saying: Ticket or Leave It.
    That is the kind of disrespect people are happy with.
    In other countries, laws are in place to stop club owners from simply hiking the price when they see an opportunity. But we are so accustomed to abuse here that we think it is perfectly fine for them to hit us a big price because it is an important match.
    Taxpayers have funded this team all the way. Whether you are a football fan, bandwagonist or whatever, you have already contributed to this team.
    It is not like the TTFA developed this product from scratch and trying to reap the rewards of that.

  25. Who in TnT cannot afford a 100 TT? Come nah man. No KFC 4 a week and they will be there.

  26. I think people still missing the point. Its not about who can afford it, its about getting more people there but zwooshhhh fly over everybody head..

  27. This is not Carnival, which delivers on a tremendous experience and has demand as well. We should look beyond this comparison.

  28. before you do anything about pricing you have to decide what is the motive and driver behind the event…. every business wants to make a profit… but in this instance shouldn’t the motive be support for one of the more dedicated teams that Trinidad has produced in years and not profit?……… in a one-off winner take all game, trying to make a profit cannot be your driver for determining ticket prices especially if your pricing for prior games were not driven by demand…… the strategy may work because Trinis are still bleeding hearts for REAL talent and fight… but the pricing strategy is not built on sound business logic and is playing on the emotional sentiment of the footballing public towards the girls …quite frankly EXTORTION …. and ANYBODY who feel because a man who pay $600+ for a fete or $4000 for a costume are not fully comprehending the meaning of value… Just because I can pay $300 does not mean I WANT to pay $300 for a product if I believe I will not get $300 worth of value…. and the fact that people actually using this type of logic is a probable indicator as to how TTFA came up with the pricing structure in the 1st place…( possible excerpt from TTFA pricing meeting)….”Man does pay $600 for all inclusive and pay Tribe and dem plenty money to play mas…. so leh we hit dem a small $300…. dat is small money dem aint go feel it” …”hmmmm… that sound like a plan…$300 it is”…..

  29. To be honest, I thought the price would hv been higher…$100/$200 TT to witness history in the making is not that much to ask…actually I’m more concerned about the logistics of getting inside the Stadium…T&T vs New Zealand was a nightmare – car park in the Stadium empty but the Rasta at the entrance blanking everyone – guy pulled up in a Range and they were scampering to open the gates. $100 dollars – come on. After eventually finding a parking spot about a mile away, I mentioned to the same Rasta that I once broke my leg playing for T&T, he said” that is ur problem padnah.” Ticket price – small thing, logistics and customer service at the venue – that will be the real story!

  30. The ppl who are complaining about the ticket prices are the same ones who will pay thousands for a carnival costume or pay thrice the ticket cost for an all inclusive fête !

  31. personally i have no problem with the price, however if im looking at it from Maylee Johnson position, it’s a tuesday, its xmas time, so already they 0 for 2 cause NEVER has a weekday game sold out with the exception i think of the games the men played against Mexico & Bahrain. The men played New Zealand during the week and if there was a thousand ppl that was plenty. so why not drop the price abit to encourage ppl to come out and throw their support, not because u want to cater to the wagonists but because u trying to pack the stadium with both sets of fans to show these ladies that everyone is behind them. also wht couldve been done is sell tickets and include jerseys with numbers as part of a package if you wanted to just make money, cause im sure ppl who spend $600 or more for club jerseys here would jump on tht.

  32. Clearly for there to be major discussions on price points says something. Nowhere in todays game does women football command equally with the mens game; not in wages, attendance or media rights. So the mere fact that one could use a previous T&T Mens qualifier as their explanation, defies simple reason and logic. You cannot sell meaningful sport packages without an atmosphere (Cricket World Cup ?), so the “short sighted” decision to risk a “sell out” crowd shows a lack of strategic vision as qualification to the Women’s World Cup provides a far greater platform and benefits in the long run. Lastly, such a decision can alter the teams performance as it appears as though the “twelveth man” is in jeopardy, reason for the Captain to speak out (they do not have representation to speak on their behalves). One also wonders if the coach stormed into the offices wondering why those decisions were made without his “strategic” input. Only time will tell ! Lasana Liburd Kester Lendor Anthony Sherwood Brent Sancho Brent Bennett Maylee Johnson Ian R Briggs

  33. Fulton Wilson – nothing will happen now with the full glare of publicity. Wait until this is all over and check. It is only when this team was on the verge of qualifying that people began to take interest.

    Having said that, I would like to be wrong. I just know how petty and vindictive these characters can be. It would not be the first time something like that happened.

  34. You don’t something once and get an immediate response Kester Lendor. That would be the very definition of a quick fix. Nothing good happens like that in life.

  35. Lasana I too was in J’ca for that WC qualifier in 2001 where there was a concert b4 the game and at half time. As was expected we copied that and our next games there were concert type performances featuring some artists. This did not seem to induce more folks to attend games because as far as i can remember there was no spike in attendance after this.

  36. Hey guys thanks for the discussion…..and Debbie ah looking for yuh on Dec 2 if not lock down in d office….

  37. Apples and oranges. Why defer attention from the real issue with talk about all inclusive fetes, cigarettes and Shakers on the Ave. If people have money who the hell are we to tell them how to spend it. I thought this conversation was about the mistreatment these Women have experienced from the start of their campaign. They fought tooth and nail in every match leading up to this final with everything that was not thrown at them. Maylee herself said after their games, including practice sessions, they had to pool together to buy food drinks etc while the Administrators flying high everywhere some boasting that they only fly first class. Personally i have no problem paying the $100. or $200. if i were confident the players/ game will benefit from it but that ent happening because they bound to find a reason to say they buss or some other crap so they can pocket the money. And corporate Tnt has seen this happen over and over again. Hence the reason for their hesitance in sponsoring anything to do with this administration and i cannot blame them. To Maylee and Team mates i say hats off to you. Doh study the leeches. You gave it your all in every game despite all your adversities and am confident you will do so come Dec 2nd because you’re genuinely doing this for pride and love of Country. I sincerely hope and pray that you all get the desired support. God willing My Husband and i will be there regardless. Good luck!

  38. Clearly TTFA doesn’t have a clue….$100 and $200 tickets? Sometimes I wonder why we are saddled with these nincompoops. In this case the mean will never justify the end result.

  39. Maximus Dan had problems getting paid and felt he was treated with discourtesy. At least that was his feeling at the time.

  40. I saw Maximus Dan perform at a game. Wonder why he stop? Wait I imagine a whole team getting $500 and it clearer.

  41. I went to a normal Jamaica World Cup qualifier once and there was a two hour show before the game with live entertainers. And you’re talking about Beenie Man and so on. Not a lame house DJ.
    And in Trinidad? Artistes probably don’t even want to show up because of the past mistreatments.
    Then the TTFA will be quick to say that people in Jamaica pay X amount so Trinis should too.
    Fay Ann Lyons is actually an excellent footballer. I bet she could have been national material if she wanted it enough.
    If the administration knew what they were doing and treated people right, she could have been pumping up the crowd before kick off. And the place would have been full and lively.
    The TTFA seems to be a one-trick pony. Leak the taxpayers directly or indirectly.

  42. All that they could do. Marketing! Add that same event at the end or even a lil concert at a discount price for all who attend..

  43. We, Trinis, have greater loyalty to the promoters of breakfast fêtes than to the T&T National Football teams. $200 entrance fee is joke to the amount of TTD$ each Trini spends ‘in total’ to enter and partake in a breakfast fête.

  44. Really disappointed about the price… but it was expected… Trinidadians take anything and we won’t stand for nothing…. but no cooler and my child not free in covers… geez!

  45. After my daughter and her friends nearly got smothered to death while we were getting into the stadium in 2006 (took us about 2 hours to get in) I too have hardly ventured forth for any big game. There was absolutely no concern paid towards the fans who were trying to get into the stadium and there would have been mass casualties had any emergency arisen. We have a long way to go!

  46. The stadium was full for the final qualifier in the build up to the 2006 World Cup. It was not full for Bahrain because they rose the price further.
    And it was not full for Latapy’s farewell game against Peru or for England’s visit. Those were all instances when greed lost out.
    You cannot overshoot your market. And you will pay eventually if you make fans feel you are exploiting them.
    There are many people who said they refused to go to a national game for years after Nov 19. Because they felt cheated.

  47. The current TTFA doesn’t do audited statements. Not one since Tim Kee took charge.
    I mean who would make someone with such a record their treasurer. Ahmm… Ooops.

    • What do you mean by “audited statements”? Because an ‘audit’ could only come from an objective, independent 3rd party reviewer. To engage any such reputable reviewer is expensive. If the insinuation however, is that the TTFA under Tim Kee hasn’t provided financial reports outlining all revenues streams and expenditures then you are wrong.

        • That is about all yuh could do… you just not used to people challeging you on the lies and halftruths yuh does be telling. Criticize them where criticism is due, but this brand of yellow journalism is disgusting now.

          • Lasana Liburd

            I’m being called yellow by someone who hides behind the pseudonym “Bakes”. Chalk that up as one of the delicious ironies in life.
            Your two points are that you dislike me saying the TTFA is not financially transparent and the prices are not unprecedented.
            Yet you concede that the TTFA has not audited its books once in two years under Tim Kee and that the price is indeed unprecedented in the women’s game and I clearly said it wasn’t for men’s football.
            You flatter yourself if you think you annoy me. If that is your intention, you might as well run along and do something useful with your time.

  48. Because you are one of the few who are really either a football fan or a sports fan….there are few, the stadium hold on average 23,000 ppl, no club team could attract half of that……when last was the stadium was at capacity for any sport…….1989?

  49. Crap I think that one was read.

  50. New book suggestion. How to Alienate Fans and Lose Money for Dummies.

  51. Gee wonder why I pay to see football then

  52. From a marketing stand point if ppl go out and support sports then sponsors will get on board knowing fully well that their product is being seen. One of the main reasons business rather donate than sponsor is because we have no sports fans in T&T……

  53. I figure you’ll never succeed if you don’t try. Marketing 101

  54. Another lil marketing tip is placing huge screens outside where you can also charge the fans a smaller fee and sell foodstuff like they do at Wimbledon and some FA matches in England.

  55. Lasana, is it too much to request TTFA’s accounts after this match?

  56. Great point Mr. Pinard, the games in the CFU were very poorly attended. Those games were priced at $40.00 and no game attached more than a 1000 fans and I’m being generous here….The fact is, only the final games attack the “Part-time” sports fans we have…. so you cannot really vex with the TTFA. Not even a season ticket will work….

  57. I say marketing again. Keep the prices down an hook some new fans. But that’s just marketing 101 and me.

  58. How many games do you pay to attend?

  59. I really don’t see those prices as milking the fans for this level of match though. What the TTFA should consider is selling Season Tickets for the year – but I’m willing to bet that even if they were priced at $25 per game there would be few takers. That’s how we roll, I’m afraid. Cynical, maybe, but willing to be proven wrong.

  60. You see it really is not supposed to be cool to milk your customers for ever cent you think you can get from them. Football fans want to support their team no matter what.
    So there needs to be protection for the real fans too.
    If the TTFA was to set one price for ALL international women’s games, then what would it be? Probably not $200 and $100.

  61. MARKETING…..
    How often do we have to get it wrong? Eh TTFF?
    Our Female Soca Warriors are on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup(female). Yet TTFF trying hard not to fill the stadium.
    Many like me followed and supported our girls in the early qualifiers and then had to rely on i95.5 and Andre Baptiste as the only media house to carry coverage of the recent qualifiers. The girls had no sponsors as our corporate citizens continue to demonstrate their lack of patriotic spirit and selfishness. Since CLICO went into a coma there has been little or no sport coverage.
    Now the TTFF has taken an exploitative page from the corporate socoyants (incubus, vampire) and seeking to exploit the girls success, increasing ticket prices to a record $100-$200 price tag.(100% increase).
    GEEZ!!!!! Go suck the corporate bodies and implore the release of their tight pockets. Seek to full the stadiums,encourage not deter. Appeal even to the bandwaggonist, not fill your coffers via the girls, support is more important now, fill the stadium, fill the patriot spirit not the account books.
    Well sorry Maylee I guess its i95 and Andre Baptiste for me on Dec. 7th. My heart remains with the team.

  62. Thanks for the defence eh Lasana Liburd, but ah eh fraid to speak mih mind…and who vex lorse!

  63. But probably the marketing expert saw it from a marketing point and not from building relationships and expanding the reach. Be careful dey doh say now England bribing you too eh….

  64. In Britain, clubs have to set a standard price for every game at the start of the season. It is a law.
    The reason for this is that it stops clubs for taking advantage of supporters by hiking prices when they host Manchester United or Chelsea or Arsenal.
    If you think you can regularly sell at $50, then that is the price for the entire season. If you think you can make at $200, then that is the price.
    So even if I don’t think $200 isn’t a lot of money, it isn’t unprecedented for fans to actually be protected from administrators who want to milk them for “special” games.
    If they didn’t qualify from the Caribbean Cup, they wouldn’t be here. There are different ways of looking at this.

    • “Unprecedented”? How much was a Men’s WC qualifier ticket selling for prior to the Mexico game in 2005? Wasn’t the price raised for the return leg vs. Bahrain? How much was a Gold Cup ticket for the preliminary rounds vs. the final game? How much was a Group Stage ticket in Brazil vs. the Quarters, Semis or Final game? Right there I’ve established precedent both locally in TnT and internationally for increasing prices in a tournament or where stakes have increased. The comment about clubs in Britain are a non-starter… those are season ticket prices. Take a look at the FA Cup competition first-round ticket prices then take a loot at the later rounds. There is precendent all around, the criticism is off-base and the rationale for attacking the TTFA on this is increasingly spurious.

      • Lasana Liburd

        You are creating an imaginary position and fighting against that. So you are bound to win. I have repeatedly said that the price is on par with the men’s team ticket price at a similar stage. But it is unprecedented for a women’s game.
        Any other issues?

        • Actually your comment above makes no distinction in your argument between the men’s game versus women’s game. In fact your “unprecedented” comment relates to pricing tickets at different dollar amounts during the same campaign. As pointed out in my first comment, this is not at all unprecedented. Even during the women’s qualifying tournament here in the US last month, there were different prices at different stages in the tournament. It may be “unprecedented” within the small myopic world of women’s football in Trinidad and Tobago, but that does not mean that increasing the prices is inappropriate or unprecedented elsewhere. I

  65. Totally agree with Keith Clement on his LAST post. Why is it when someone has a different view or opinion as ours that we resort to name calling and personal attacks? Attack the content of the person’s contribution.

  66. These women have proven their character times over… they deserve better administrators…

  67. Remember that Children Under 12 are only free for the uncovered stadium and No food and Drinks allowed!

  68. Protocol and deportment. Beautiful combination. Doan cuss me

  69. I say again! In the interest of having a full stadium I say reduce prices. Stop being selfish and do it not for you but for the ladies.

  70. We all have to be able to answer questions related to our public lives. At the same time, I always welcome different opinions because that is the only way we can test our own ideas.
    So even if from time to time people will disagree, I will never chase anyone who tries to add to the discussion.
    Keith Clement and Gerard Emile Zatopek Pinard are among our welcomed voices for that reason. Sometimes we agree. Sometimes not.
    But I don’t mind that.

  71. people pay more than dem ticket prices to go one fete for Carnival so why not pay the price for the ticket and support our women

  72. Lasana Liburd Remember no food and drinks allowed on entry and Children under 12 only allowe din the uncovered stands

  73. All ah dem who cryin’ wolf over spending $100 to attend de game does drop more dan dat in one night at Shakers on de Avenue or in cigarettes fuh de week. An doh talk bout Carnival fete….

  74. Wonder if some people have that boy?

  75. It must have a How to Run National Sport Organizations for Dummies book somewhere. I shall search!

  76. I figure when yuh guilty yuh deserve licks

  77. I always wonder why sound discussions with disagreements, like the Lasana sparked always turned out to be a personal attack…..my comments were just to further the useful debate Lasana rightfully opened. I respect everyone view, but one must know when the conversation is too big for them and quit……so I will make the first move……….

  78. the same man who talking Ethics? look he in a pic with shaq, a political stooge talking Ethics. Lasana please have your members sit some sort of exam to earn the right to post on your wall. #HYPOCRITE.

  79. I still wanna know what went on with the $500

  80. Boy I wish certain politicians come here to get licks too yes.

  81. I think the girls are showing more grit on the fields that I can see the likes of Keith Clement and others of the TTFA showing. I also think the management of the TTFS should do what they are paid loads for and don’t even think of victimising anyone!

  82. Sana u know i does break legs!!! Do not start me!! I tell u leave d girls alone deal with ur brother and them after!!!

  83. The team must concentrate on doing well leave the PR for the experts. You do not have to speak to every microphone pushed in your face. Get you feet in gear for the war..

  84. Quite correct Hoop of Life that my baby….

  85. Crime running hoops around that one.

  86. Hoops of Life was your thing right Keith?

  87. Leave men with they old axe to grind!!! Door step to destiny !!!!

  88. I agree stay away from the politics it gets nasty esp with the nasty people.

  89. but d Liv fullin out dis stadium self

  90. May leave this alone!!!! Football please!!!

  91. If yuh see Lifesport happen an eh say nuttin doe an I was an investigator I lock you up on suspicion alone yes.

  92. And for the record I was never involve in Life Sport……

  93. Pelt your tackle Gordon Pierre! Lol

  94. You’re a player I respect so I would leave it as that……

  95. Sana u want me to jump out!!! Behave ur self

  96. Maylee Johnson tackle harder please ref eh see nuttin

  97. Ouch. Yellow card Maylee! Lol

  98. apples and oranges, people, those events regurlarly sellout, because there is a hue demand for it. the CFU final didn’t even fill the covered stands and that was $50.
    all that is relevant is the football market.

  99. First of all Lasana Liburd Manchester United? Really? Secondly do they market jerseys, mugs, keychains etc at games?

  100. You also sound like a damn scamp Lasana…;), but if they get 15K supporters it would not be because of the marketing, but because we want the ladies to do well!

  101. Keith Clement are you the guy no one spoke out against during the Life Sport era?

  102. So no one came out and supported before, now that it’s a “major event” everyone’s bothered by ticket prices…if supporters were packing the Stadium from the onset, then tickets might have been minimally priced. Considering the price of a “Machel Monday” which sells out in no time – this price point is not that bad…

  103. That’s cause your probably ordered it Mark. I paid just over 40 pounds for my Veron Manchester United jersey. It had his name and number and it was reversible… Two jerseys in one.
    Now I understand about supporting the team financially. But you will have your doubts about the competence of the people holding the purse strings.

  104. The same ppl who making the $100 and $200 a problem go to every All Inclusive fete for the Carnival season for $500-plus not counting the additional costs for new outfits….and them same players are in all the concerts which cost big bucks…..half of those who are complaining have never gone and see a women’s game not even at school level, but fex about the price. Ask them when last the by a T&T jersey or they waiting on one free.

  105. Pay the team’s and your expenses and all incidentals Captain and also play for free at all times. Organize your own games. ” A still tongue keeps a wise head.”

  106. I started to respond then I let go of the worm, wont take bait today, you are entitled to express your opinion (albeit erroneous) as much as I believe Ms Johnson is. #justwanttobecontrary, #ramblingnotmakingsense

  107. I paid $900 for the latest Spain national team jersey an they collect real goals. Marketing is not for everyone. Sell the jerseys for $250 and the tickets $100 & $75. When we make world cup then raise ticket prices.

  108. That why real and serious sporting organisatioins have a Code of Ethics and why T&T sports will continue to be third world satisfying the greed of those who are only interested in bacchanal rather than logic…

  109. Should the TTFA look for a quick one off score or to build a relationship with fans? Keith, there are several ways to approach a situation. So I won’t say the TTFA’s way might not work in the end. Who knows.
    I never encourage athletes to speak out because I know there is a big chance of victimisation. So I allow them to remain anonymous most times.
    Maylee Johnson was brave enough to speak her mind though. I can only respect that.

  110. The focus now in on the job at hand….when that is achieved then…..let you and I take up that fight not the players. That continue to be our problem some players want to play, manage, referee and coach…..despite all the criticism of the TTFA, the fact is it cost money put field a sports team, players want to get pay and big pay too and why not…..

  111. STEUPS, shes one of the major stakeholders, she has every right to voice her opinion,

  112. They haven’t announced the venue yet.

  113. Where will tickets be sold Lasana liburd?

  114. They complained about funding when in the US for the qualifiers and now complain about ticket prices. Are taxpayers an ATM?

  115. Keith you surprise me. After all those Girls went through you have the gall to say she has no right to open her mouth? They’ve been royally screwed by the TTFA from the start and the shit continues. All those Girls want to do is win and all they’re asking for is a chance to get a full stadium. They’re not stupid. They know exploitation when they see it and i don’t blame her for getting blasted vex and telling it as it is. Maybe if some of the Men showed her cohoness Football won’t be in the mess it’s in today.

  116. We are accustomed to athletes saying nothing worth remembering. Just empty cliches. They have to try to never offend anyone so their sponsors can make more money off them.
    People like Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan rarely ever said anything memorable in their entire lives.
    For me, if Maylee wants to have an opinion and share it then more power to her.
    She has her job to do on the field and the TTFA has its job to do in administration. She deserves respect too.

  117. I think the T&T captain is totally out of place to comment on the ticket prices…leave that for the m,an on the street…all the captain should be doing is urging the fans to come out and support them…..

  118. they go KKKKKKIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL WWWEEEEEEEEEE

  119. you preaching to the choir, sir. don’t tag me in that remark, tag phillips.
    We just got rid of the corneals, now there’s another clan we have to get of rid.

  120. Smh. So Nwadike Holder our replica prices as high as an Argentina or Manchester United shirt?
    This isn’t about respecting our own as much as foreign players eh. It is about understanding how to grow a market.
    In my opinion, we should be trying to build a supporter base not just cash in on a one-off experience.
    When you alienate the hard core fans to cash in on wagonists, what happens after this game?

  121. Lasana Liburd ,Considering the length of this campaign, shouldn’t the TTFA already be raking in a considerable windfall from “commercial revenues”. After all they were able to settle with the soca warriors based on “unclaimed commercial revenues” from a campaign that only reached the group stage of CFU.

  122. Still shaking my head. Wonder who Mr Phillips spoke with when he said people were comfortable with the prices? I agree with Lasana as i expressed similar sentiments last night and i also agree with Roger and Ian. Maybe Mr Pinard would consider sponsoring some tickets now that he sees even the Captain and Players are upset at the price. Come on Gerry some of these Ladies have Families who would love to go and support their Sister, Daughter, Mom etc. Don’t you think they ketch dey arse enough and deserve a break? If i could have i would have but have to find the $200. to attend myself.

  123. I totally agree with her like there is a concerted effort to downplay their efforts

  124. I support Ian on his suggestion. Let’s bring out the girls school and full up the stadiums. Let’s give these same little girls something to dream about. And inspire them.

  125. Ian I have a job for you. Brilliant.

  126. I don’t think so. It will be too obvious. She is smart enough to do it publicly. If she did it behind closed does then she would find herself out int he cold. It will be too obvious if that happens now.

  127. If history is anything to go by, I fully expect she will find herself out in the cold from the National team for having the temerity to speak out against the TTFA.

  128. Ricarda is a lime what scream u talking bout.

  129. that fella went saints!
    The majority of the fan base is school girls, the women’s league is itself over 65% school girls, where are they supposed to get $100, its already a school night and parents will be brakesin’

  130. That plan was all sana… if was me…. I pack up the stadium with a bunch of little girls from primary school with bus shuttle too and from school from all over the country…. only charge for covered ($100) and have the section right where the covered meet uncovered (stadium clock side) reserved for rhythm section with supporters….. let the girls feel the love….. they have proven that they have enough fight that they will respond…..

  131. I admire how Maylee Attin-Johnson expressed herself, she did not mix her words with regards to the ticket cost issue. She’s strong and outspoken. I looked at the tv6 interview with her and was impressed, she’s a leader.

  132. Lasana that’s it, will the afforders scream when the girls need to hear them in a desperate moment

  133. Ian where you get that degree boy??? And they making more than the $200 with this call. This will create the madness you want. People going crazy to get a shirt and come to support. You need to be hired Ian. Lol

  134. The replica is actually $300-$350 Lasana Liburd, which is why I don’t have one.
    Relying on bandwaggonists is easily the worst business tactic ever. In the month with christmas when people spending on fixing up house, ham , grog etc. very few people are going to find that type of money for an event they have no interest in.
    The CFU final (which was a double header) didn’t even fill the covered stands. You quadruple the price for one game and expect to fill the entire stadium. I’m glad Maylee spoke out.

  135. Suppose they can raise the price to $800 and full the stadium. Only now we have people can afford to pay $2,400 and $3,200 to take their families to the game.
    Will it be a different atmosphere as a result? Will that affect the vibe at the ground?
    In other words, should an effort be made to ensure the working man (not to mention the friends and families of the players) can go to the game and not just the highest bidders?

  136. Way to go Maylee….thanks for thinking of the small man! I hope those who can afford will fill up the stadium for the Women Soca Warriors…I’m tempted to go to support the women, but TTFF holding me back with their stubbornness and greed…maybe I will show up with a placard to express my disgust at their ticket prices 🙂

  137. D waggonist will full out so they goin 4 d waggonist money. What I waitin to hear is despite d sell out they eh make no money.

  138. I agree Joann. Maybe the TTFA will have the last laugh and get 15,000 supporters or more at those prices. Then the market would have spoken.
    I would have preferred to lower prices and then use the buzz to entice corporate Trinidad. Not to mention help the women get to the World Cup which also will generate more opportunities to raise money.

  139. There’s been to much stealing from Jack to Lifesport. As far as I’m concerned it should be free.

  140. Ian R Briggs and Kester Lendor, how about this… Turn up on match day with a Joma replica jersey and get in for $20.
    Now a replica is $200 or so right? So you making money in a different way but offering fans something extra for their money.
    I sound like a marketing expert Savitri Maharaj? Lol.

  141. I hold no brief 4 d TTFF but a 100.00 TT eh no money.

  142. Kill two birds with one stone. Storm!

  143. Roneil Walcott

    I wonder if the market has spoken yet..

  144. replica is $396 I have plans of buying one I usually buy T&T football tshirts as for the price it would be great to have a full stadium but the truth is we see the same faces when we attend football games and when it comes to the last game the “limers” appears along with their cellphone I wish the price was cheaper but people spend hundreds and even thousands to attend concerts I feel for true supporters who can’t afford it…….the world is unfair..the government..the ministry of sport should help the situation to make up for their handling of the money situation when the girls were in the usa……..you want your team comfortable in their own back yard…………….

  145. I don’t find $100 that bad. I plan to go with my wife and children (children under 12). However a lower price could guarantee more attendance. I ain’t going covered stands sorry.