Carlisle United say they are "reluctantly" increasing some ticket prices as they prepare to put season tickets on sale this weekend.

The Blues are hoping to tap into the buzz created by news of Paul Simpson's new contract at the club.

But directors, whilst freezing adult and senior season ticket renewal prices, have said that they have had to "face up" to the need to charge some fans more to watch the team because of the rising costs of running the club.

Season tickets will be on sale after Saturday's final home game of the season against Stevenage.

"There is no escaping the fact that the costs of running the club, and costs of competing on the field, have increased," chief executive Nigel Clibbens said in a statement.

“The club cannot absorb these and still provide the finances to progress. At the same time, undertaking the overhaul needed and supporting Paul needs to be done in a way that works for the club.

“After many years of price freezes, we need to face up to this and reluctantly increase some season tickets prices, our match prices, and restructure our concession prices."

Clibbens said current adult and senior season ticket holders can renew their season tickets for 2022/23 at last summer's price, with renewal prices available from April 30 to May 13.

But matchday prices are going up by £2 to £24 (adult seating) and £21 (adult terracing), and seniors £21/£18. There remains a saving of £3 on these prices if bought before match day.

The full ticket prices are available on the club website HERE

Clibbens added: “By renewing before May 13, your season ticket price will be unchanged.

"The saving versus new match day prices will increase, making it even better value for you to do so. Your 21/22 seat will be held on reserve until May 13."

Clibbens added a note of thanks to fans and expressed his hope that supporters would continue to back Simpson's new era in their numbers.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your fantastic and continued support throughout what was a really poor and disappointing 21/22 campaign," he said.

“There is no escaping that, but we need to put that firmly behind us, and we’ve started making the steps forward to doing that in February.

“Firstly, the end of the season brought a remarkable turnaround and a total transformation following the arrival of Paul. Now with him agreeing to stay on a long-term deal, the excitement and optimism for 22/23 is the highest for many years.

“We hope that you will get behind him and the club in the season ahead."

The ticket office on the west side of Brunton Park will be open for season ticket sales after Saturday's game.

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