GIANTS chairman Ken Davy believes his club is closing in on the magical 10,000 average Super League crowd figure.
Average attendances at the Galpharm rose again in 2009 to 7,927 – increasing from 7,846 in 2008 – despite many other top-flight clubs having struggled because of the recession.
Initial Giants’ season-ticket sales for 2010 have been encouraging, with the club aiming to build on last season’s ticket figure of 5,500 on the back of cut-price ticket offers for Super League XV.
Attracting 10,000-plus average crowds is one of the main criteria for guaranteeing a Super League franchise for 2012.
And although the Giants’ franchise bid is already looking strong on the back of picking up the Super League Club of the Year award at the Man of Steel dinner earlier in the month, Davy is keen to back it up by reaching the magical 10,000 mark.
"Our ticketing offers have proved to be extremely successful, and we’re confident that will continue to be the case," said Davy.
"The club is on a real high on the back of reaching the Challenge Cup final at Wembley and then finishing a club record third in Super League.
"Because of this, we are confident people who came along this year will be keen to buy a season ticket and come back next year. They must surely all agree they received tremendous value for money.
"We’ll be doing our very best to retain them and the early signs are very promising, with the hope the sales will pick up again before the end of our discounted season-ticket deadline this coming Saturday ( October 31).
"Our ultimate aim is to reach the magic 10,000, and we’re now starting to close in on that figure.
"We’ve increased our average to almost 8,000, despite a significant fall in away supporters attending matches due to the tough economic climate, and we’ve got to make sure we continue to push on."