Now that Staffordshire University sponsors one of the stands at the Brittania Stadium, are there any ticket deals or offers available for staff members? Quite often I hear that Stoke offer tickets for £5 to staff members of sponsors but I have never seen anything where Staffordshire University staff can access these deals.
Also, does Staffordshire University have access to an executive box at the stadium? If so is there any opportunity for staff members at all levels to use this – or incentives in place for staff to win a place in the executive box?
The corporate hospitality package (ie Waddington Suite corporate box) the University has negotiated with Stoke City is mainly used to network with and strengthen relationships with existing and potential business clients and partners. Corporate guests for hospitality are carefully selected on a set of business benefits criteria and we ask the members of staff who attend to write a short report following the match on the outcomes and business opportunities gained by hosting this type of event at the Britannia Stadium.
We do however feel that hospitality should be opened out to staff and students as reward for some of the great work that they do, so for example the Winners of the Celebrating Staff Success ‘Cross University team’ will be taking one of the Waddington Suite hospitality slots for 12 people at the upcoming Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion match.
As well as staff, we have also invited 18 of our international students to watch the West Bromwich Albion game and have a tour of the Stadium.
Our partnership with the Club has opened up lots of other ‘money can’t buy’ opportunities for our students. The Students’ Union are working with the Club on a number of projects including offering recreational sport sessions as part of their Premier Sports Project and the Union’s Active Uni’s project. They are also working with Stoke City for the upcoming ‘One Game One Community’ Week of Action.
In addition, Stoke City have said that they will look into the special £5 ticket deals for staff (as club partners) for one or maybe two of the 2012 home games.