MORE than 9,000 season tickets have been snapped up by the Fratton faithful.
And chief executive Mark Catlin believes the Blues are on target to potentially overhaul last season’s tally of 11,047.
We anticipate a rush and if we can get a figure of 10,000 plus by the close of play Saturday it will provide a great opportunity to be in and around – if not beat – last season’s figure.Mark Catlin
The arrival of Paul Cook and subsequent squad strengthening have driven a Fratton Park feel-good factor this summer.
That is reflected in current season ticket sales ahead of the deadline for the Early Bird discount.
Supporters have until midnight on Saturday to take advantage of those offers, while the ticket office is open until 3pm.
Pompey are reporting a 15-per-cent increase in take-up rate by new customers.
In addition, 550 were bought on Tuesday alone.
And Catlin is anticipating a late rush in the build-up to the end of the Early Bird.
He said: ‘Season ticket sales have been fantastic at present, with us regularly selling 400-500 a day.
‘There seems to be a general feel-good factor with everything going on around Fratton Park at the moment.
‘Once again the fans have shown what this club means to them and we continue to be grateful for their consistent backing.
‘We have now edged slightly ahead from where we were last year on a like-for-like basis.
‘Historically, tickets continue to sell after the closure of the Early Bird offer, usually between 500-1,000.
‘But we anticipate a rush and if we can get a figure of 10,000 plus by the end of Saturday it will provide a great opportunity to be in and around – if not beat – last season’s figure.’