Monday, October 29, 2012

Bosso, Dembare match grosses US$168 440

The top of the table clash between age old rivals Dynamos and Highlanders lived up to billing when it attracted the biggest crowd at Rufaro this season and a new record pay cheque for the domestic Castle Lager Premier Soccer League yesterday. For long, Dynamos have been the cash cows for the PSL and yesterday they proved that when they surpassed the previous high they had set for this season with 28 868 people paying to watch the Battle of Zimbabwe Part II.

According to figures from the Premier Soccer League office last night, DeMbare who had hiked the gate charges to US$5 for the rest of ground, US$10 and US$20 for the Upper grand stand and the VIP realised a gross revenue of US$168 440.

But the Glamour Boys were left with a net income US$100 050, with over a third of the earnings going to levies and various service providers.
Harare City Council, the owners of were the biggest beneficiaries among the service providers, claiming a big chunk of US$33 750 for the use of the stadium.

Despite the hike in gate charges, the stadium was almost full to the rafters before kick off yesterday. But scenes of violence between supporters from both divides before and during the game marred what could have been a good family day.

Before yesterday, the most attended match this year was the Bosso against DeMbare tie at Barbourfields which attracted 25 957 paying fans.The Battle of Zimbabwe Part 1, which recorded the biggest crowd at Barbourfields since 2006, raked in US$104 445 and left Bosso with a net of US$40 500. DeMbare have been the most rewarded team from the turnstiles as they grossed US$135 000 in the Harare derby against CAPS United earlier this year and banked US$79 511 from the proceeds.

The match was watched by a near capacity crowd with 23 648 people paying at the gates
According to statistics from the PSL, the match between Dynamos and Black Rhinos in 2006 which drew record paying fans regions of 33 000 still holds the records at Rufaro.

Highlanders' revival this season has seen the crowds coming back to rally the Bulawayo giants in their quest to win the championship after six years.

Highlanders' Battle of Zimbabwe Part 1 clash with DeMbare raked in US$104 445, which had surpassed the previous high of US$100 000 realised in the Harare derby between CAPS United and Dynamos in 2010.This was the most attended match at Barbourfields in six years but as was the case with the derby expenses gobbled up the biggest chunk of the revenue as Bosso were left with US$40 500 in their account from the proceeds.