HIGHLANDERS Football Club have requested to hike gate charges for their matches to be played at Hartsfield Rugby Ground beginning with the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League game against Triangle on Thursday.
Club chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede yesterday said they had written to the PSL seeking to hike the fees as a control measure since Hartsfield could only accommodate fewer spectators, a move which can, however, be taken as a ploy to maximise on gate-takings.
“We have requested the PSL to hike the gate charges to $5 for rest of the ground, $10 and $15 for VIP as a control measure as Hartsfield can only take in a few spectators. We have written to the PSL today (yesterday) and we are waiting for the response,” Gumede said.
Football fans usually pay $3 for rest of the ground, $5 for the Western Wings and $10 for the VIP at Barbourfields Stadium, which has been closed due to renovations taking place in preparation for the African Union Sports Council Region V Under-20 Youth Games to be hosted by Bulawayo in December.
However, PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele said they had not received Highlanders’ correspondence by yesterday afternoon.
Bulawayo clubs, Highlanders, Chicken Inn, How Mine and Bantu Rovers, will use Hartsfield as Barbourfields and Luveve will be closed until after the Youth Games in December.