The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Evans Opoku Bobie, has urged stakeholders in the football industry to use technology to attract fans to stadia as football fans expect certain services and entertainment when attending match venues.
He mentioned access to and from the stadia, free access to the internet or WiFi at the stadia as some of the things that could attract fans.
He made the remarks at the Sports Dialogue meeting hosted by Asempa Fm at the Accra Digital Centre to discuss the low stadia attendance and propose solutions to end it.
According to him, stadia safety and security must be handled properly and match organizers must beef up security to ensure the safety of every football fan at the stadia during and after the match.
“Studies have shown that games without fans result in revenue losses for industry stakeholders and also affect player performance because when players are cheered during a match, they are motivated to perform,” he added.
He further charged the owners of the football teams or administrators to make judicious use of gate proceeds and be accountable to the fans.
“Any football administrator who wants fans to attend to the stadium to watch matches, it’s advisable to invest a percentage of the proceeds in the development of the team,” he said.
Priscilla Nimako, ISD