Funday promotion 'fishing' for families

BASKETBALL

The Wollongong Hawks are offering free entry for children to tomorrow's duel with Adelaide at WIN Entertainment Centre.

To lure more families to the game, the Hawks will give away a free children's ticket for every paid adult ticket.

The club's Family Funday Sunday promotion will include a jumping castle and face painting.

"Two adults and two kids can come to the game for as little as $50 - not a bad rate when you are talking professional sports and over two hours of entertainment," Hawks marketing and business development manager Courtney Beaton said.

"We're hoping this incentive, accompanied by the high-paced action basketball is synonymous for, is enough to entice crowds through the doors. Under this model you are looking at roughly a $12.50 ticket."

Wollongong are averaging just over 2000 spectators at home games, the lowest in the league.

In contrast, the Perth Wildcats pack out an 11,000-seat stadium.

"There is no reason we aren't seeing similar crowd numbers to the likes of Cairns (3600)," Beaton said.

"Ticket prices are similar and so, too, is the pool of people we are fishing in, yet they are hooking almost twice as many.

"We appreciate that performance plays a part. When the team is winning, the bandwagon is full.

"It was only a month ago the guys beat Perth at home. With Wollongong behind them, they can beat all the others."

Call the Hawks office on 4229 7722 for ticket inquiries.

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