Right pretty much what I wanted to say but summed up;
Moved away from the Perthshire area in 2010 to Edinburgh for uni (yes I'm a money sponging git, who always goes out and gets pissed and never studies....); gave up season ticket and went from attending 30 odd games in both the 07/08 and 08/09 seasons to 10 last season; currently on 7 ( only 2 at home ) this season.
Feel that paying £21 is not value for money- £45 on a match day experience at McD! Em no thank you-almost my weekly budget-many others, not specifically students, are probably in the same position as me. Hence why I don't go to many home games. Almost every other club in the spl has a student gate, so why not Saints?!
I think that we lose tons of saints fans once they move away from Perthshire in order to study. Take a look at my group of pals; 5 of us went to uni and we struggle to make 30 games combined never mind 30 each! The club does not encourage these fans back! There ain't enough incentive for my pals and I to regularly attend a game at McD! Agree with the block ticket idea; probably would have bought one over the festive period since I was back home at the time.
The price structure on the whole is not value for money. Even once I have graduated from university, parting with 21 quid is hard hit. £16 would be a better price imo.
The whole SPL needs a lot of radical changes in order to bring back the lost fans and the Bundesliga is the place to get these ideas from. Recently went to an Eintracht Frankfurt game and the whole match day experience cost me no more than 25 euros. Travel to and from the game is included in the match ticket, saving the supporter a few quid. Its things like these which encourage the fans to go to the game!!!
Lower prices, summer football and terracing would be three changes which would be needed, imo, to spur the lost supporter back to the game. Obviously if the OF went bust it would help, since the league would be more competitive.
Anyway enough of my pish, plus I gotta go.