Leyton Orientís Free Season Ticket Offer
Thu 18th Apr 2013 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Leyton Orient will give 1500 local young people free season tickets should their bid to ground-share at the Olympic Stadium fail.
Orient will commit their future to Waltham Forest should they be unsuccessful in their bid to ground-share the Olympic Stadium with West Ham and will look to strengthen their ties with the local community by giving away 1,500 season tickets completely free to young people aged between 14 and 18 and full-time students aged between 18 and 21.
The landmark initiative is being sponsored by Matchroom Sport, the company owned by Orient Chairman Barry Hearn, with the intention of creating a new generation of supporters and encouraging young people in the area to back the club.
The club have been linked with a move away from the area in light of West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium, however despite a continuing legal battle in pursuit of a ground-share with the Hammers, Hearn has revealed that whilst that remains the club’s preferred choice, should that fail, they will remain in Leyton.
Chairman Barry Hearn said: “I’m proud to announce this initiative that I hope will be the dawning of a new era for this football club. Leyton Orient has been and always will be a real community club that continues to fight our corner despite being the underdog when you look at our neighbours and the threats we face.
“We will continue to fight the decision to deny us the opportunity to move to the Olympic Stadium but we will fight it in our own backyard and will not be squeezed out.
“A free season ticket provides someone the chance to not only come down and stand up for their local club but also to most importantly watch some exciting football and develop a lifelong affiliation with the club. We have had a good season this year and the foundations are in place to build on that for next season and really give it a good go.
“Nothing beats the magic of live football with your mates when you are a teenager and I want as many people as possible to have that opportunity.”
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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