More than 20,000 people have now become members of the Emirates Western Force, reinforcing its position as Australia‘s biggest club in the Tooheys New Super 14 competition.
And, a recent survey shows the majority of Emirates Western Force members do not have memberships with other professional sporting organisations in WA.
The on-line survey of 4000 members indicates that more than 80% of all respondents were not members of the WACA, West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Perth Glory or Perth Wildcats in 2005.
RugbyWA chief executive Peter O’Meara said the results suggested the Emirates Western Force had provided many West Australians with the opportunity to become members of a professional sporting organization for the first time.
‘We are not taking fans away from the other codes. By and large, we are catering for a lot of West Australians whose sport of choice is rugby and they have been patiently waiting for the professional game to arrive,’ he said.
Mr O’Meara said he was delighted with the latest membership count and grateful for the support of the WA public.
He said that with around 270 companies having secured corporate hospitality packages, he expected Subiaco Oval to be buzzing with energy and excitement on game-day.
Mr O’Meara said the first opportunity to see the Emirates Western Force play would be at the trial match against South African team, the Cheetahs, at Subiaco Oval on Saturday 21 January.
Cut-price tickets for the pre-season game against the Cheetahs can be bought through Ticketmaster and will go on sale to members on Monday January 9 and the general public on Thursday January 12.
Members of the public wanting to become members of the Emirates Western Force for the 2006 season have until the end of January. No further membership applications (other than out-of-town membership applications) will be accepted after January 31, 2006. Memberships for the 2007 season will be launched later in the year.