This is how Brighton season ticket holders claim their three month payment holiday

Brighton and Hove Albion season ticket holders and 1901 Club members will be offered a three-month payment holiday to help ease financial pressures on fans due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 6:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 6:42 pm
Brighton and Hove Albion

Following a meeting of the club’s board earlier today, it was decided by directors that after this month’s April direct debit payment, all renewing season-ticket holders and 1901 Club members can opt in for a three-month holiday from their monthly direct debits (May, June and July’s direct debit).

The details will be communicated to supporters shortly and they will have until April 16 to claim their payment holiday.

The club asks that in order to support this three-month break that supporters do all they can to meet their April payment. This holiday will impact the club’s cash flow by around £3m.

General admission season ticket holders paying by monthly DD

For season-ticket holders, payments for the 2019/20 season ran from April 2019 to March 2020 and therefore season ticket holders have paid in full.

The first payment for 2020/21 will be deducted in April. Those who opt to take the payment holiday will be doing so from second, third and fourth payments for the 2020/21 season’s direct debits.

The cost of the season ticket for the 2020/21 season will be paid as follows:

First payment taken on April 2020. The payment holiday will kick in from May 2020 to July 2020. The remaining balance will be taken over eight months (instead of 11) from August 2020 to March 2021

By way of example, an adult season-ticket holder in the north stand who renewed in the same seat for the 20/21 season will pay £17.03 more per month from August 20 to March 21.

This is calculated as follows:

April: £45.49

(Normal monthly payment for £545 season ticket price)

May to July: £0.00

August to March: £62.45 per month

£545- £45.49 = £499.51

£499.51 = £62.44 (8 x monthly payments)

In the event that it is confirmed before August that you will be unable to see the remainder of the 2019/20 matches at the Amex, you will be given a pro rata refund off the monthly season ticket payments for the 20/21 season.

So, for our same north stand season-ticket holder who paid £535 for his ticket in 2019/20 season, five games accounts for £140.79 of the season-ticket value. Meaning the sums would break down like this:

April: £45.49

(Normal monthly payment for £545 season ticket price)

May to July: £0.00

August to March: £44.84 per month

£545 - £45.49 - £140.79 = £358.72

£358.72 = £44.84 (8 x monthly payments)

For 1901 Club members, direct debits for the 2019/20 season run from August 2019 to July 2020.

If you wish to opt for the three-month payment holiday you will not pay the remaining three monthly payments of the 2019/20 season. The amount owed from the three-month payment holiday would then be spread from August 2020 to July 2021.

By way of example, a 1901 Club gold member pays £1,092 (+VAT) and will breakdown as follows:

April: £91 (+VAT) DD as normal

May to July: £0.00

Three-month payment holiday = £273 (+VAT)

August 20 to July 21: an additional £22.75 (+VAT) to be added to the monthly direct debit

In the event that it is confirmed before August that you will be unable to see the remainder of the 2019/20 season at the Amex, a 1901 Club gold member would have missed 5 out of 21 matches (19 league + 2 cup) and be entitled to a refund of £260 (+VAT).

For 1901 Club gold members, paying £1,092 (+VAT), this would leave a £13 (+VAT) difference that would be added to the 2020/21 season direct debit, equating to £1.08 (+VAT) per month.

Information for season-ticket holders and 1901 Club members

Season-ticket holders and 1901 members should note that this may involve future payments for 2020/21 season being higher than usual, so supporters are advised to budget and set funds aside in preparation.

Please note that the precise details of this will be communicated to you individually shortly and you will have until 16th April to claim your payment holiday. Once claimed you will not need to do anything with your Direct Debit, all the changes will be managed for you.

Lump sum payers who require any assistance are advised to [email protected] to discuss options available.