Edinburgh Monarchs have frozen online and stadium gate admission prices for the new speedway season at Armadale for the third year in a row as they attempt to build on the increase in attendances they enjoyed in 2013 which saw the team reach the Premier League play-off final.
Club chairman Alex Harkess told the Evening News: “Our crowds took a turn for the better last season, helped by the weather, but also our pricing structure.
“We set out to encourage more children to come along and that policy certainly paid off for us. We are keen to build on that and hopefully we can push our crowds up further still this year. I think we have got a young and exciting side for everybody to watch and I’m personally looking forward to seeing how they develop over the course of this season.”
Adult admission at the gate is pegged at £16 while it is £2 cheaper online at www.edinburghmonarchs.co.uk
There are also a range of concessions on offer.
Prices: (online) Adults £14, Seniors (of State retiral age) £11, Students (over 18 and in full time education) £11, Children (12 to 18) £4, Children (under 12) £4.
Gate Admission: Adults £16, Seniors £13, Students £13, Children (12 to 18) £6, Children (under 12) £1.
Meanwhile, Monarchs No. 1 Craig Cook, who won the Ben Fund Individual event at Leicester last weekend, says his sights are now firmly focused on winning a spot in the British Grand Prix in Cardiff in the summer.
Cook is determined to claim a wild card in the Welsh showpiece which is available to the highest scoring non-GP rider in this year’s British Final at Wolverhampton on June 16. Cook finished fourth in the star-studded event last year.
He said: “I want to win more than anybody and I want to be at Cardiff. Not as a reserve, that is just a waste of time.
“I want to be there as the 16th rider in the field and be battling with all the big boys. That is my goal and it’s what I want for the future. I wouldn’t be putting all this effort in, training two-and-a-half hours every day, and working out if I didn’t want to be there. I’ve just got to make sure I keep putting in the time.”
Cook is also looking ahead to 2015 and wants to put himself in contention for one of Britain’s four GP qualifying berths which are up for grabs. And although new Team GB boss Alun Rossiter has yet to confirm who will represent Britain in the qualifiers, Cook is desperate to get the nod.
“I think I should have it,” he said. “I finished fourth at the British Final a year ago. Nobody has told me anything so far and I keep asking the question. I was counting on being in the Grand Prix qualifiers this season. I want to get to the top and to get there you have to keep progressing and ride against faster riders.
“That is where I need to be and hopefully riding against those guys at the top tracks will help me get to the next level.”
Cook is busy repairing his bike which was wrecked at Leicester after a pile-up involving Swindon’s Nick Morris. He is facing a £2000 repair bill as he counts down to the Monarchs opening match against Glasgow Tigers in two weeks.
“It’s a mess; the only thing I managed to save was the engine, but in hindsight the most important thing is I’m okay. Nick is also okay, it could have been a whole lot worse.”