Over the last few weeks, Parramatta Eels members would have seen or received information about the #ParraForever pledge.
Essentially, Parramatta (and other NRL clubs) are providing the option for members (who can afford to do so) to pledge their ticketed membership for the remainder of the season, even if there is limited likelihood of venues being opened for fans.
There is no expectation that members will do this.
People who can’t pledge are very much still part of the Blue and Gold family – there are no 2021 membership implications for not being able to make the pledge this season.
It is, point-blank, the simplest way that you can help the Eels during this challenging time.
Memberships are an important revenue stream for all NRL clubs. For a club like Parramatta, with nearly 28 thousand members (a large percentage of which are ticketed), the impact of an empty stadium is understandably significant.
By pledging the continued payment of their memberships for this season, supporters can play their part in lightening that impact.
I made the decision to pledge.
From my perspective, my Parramatta Eels membership has always meant more than my seat at the game. Supporting Parra has given me great memories, terrific mates and countless fun days at the footy. I decided that pledging my membership for this season was the easiest way that I could continue that support.
I also figured I was already saving at least $1000 across the season by not being able to attend matches (away games, food, drink etc).
Of course, it’s understandable that many people cannot afford to make that pledge. All Australians have been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have been affected in ways that will change their lives forever.
Outside of the challenges presented by COVID-19, the choice to seek a refund is totally justifiable.
I know of individuals and families who invest in premium memberships such as Captains Club. For some households this amounts to thousands of dollars. It’s unrealistic to expect supporters would continue to outlay money like that in these times – but for those that do, a huge thanks!
In fact, it’s understandable that any supporters might choose to seek a refund for the season. After all, you’ve paid for events that can’t be delivered. Under any similar circumstances a refund is due.
So whether you pledge or not, what the club has offered is that option.
I encourage members to contact the Eels Membership team to ask questions or to clarify your membership decision.
Hopefully we can all return to watching matches at Bankwest Stadium sooner rather than later.
Bring on May 28.