Having a Western Bulldogs membership provides many great benefits for fans of the team. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk through everything you need to know about getting the most out of your Bulldogs membership.
Getting Started with Your Membership
Once you’ve purchased a Bulldogs membership, you’ll receive a membership pack in the mail with your membership card and some other Bulldogs merchandise. Be sure to keep this membership card safe as you’ll need it to access your membership benefits.
You should also download the Western Bulldogs Official App to your smartphone. This app allows you to easily access your digital membership card at games and events. It also provides up-to-date information, news, and offers related to your membership and the Bulldogs.
Activating Your Membership Card
To activate your membership card, you’ll need to link it to your account details. This ensures your card is assigned to you and enables the associated benefits.
There are a couple of ways to do this:
- Online – Log into your Western Bulldogs Account Manager and follow the prompts to link your card.
- In person – Bring your card to any Western Bulldogs home game and visit the membership stand to have it activated.
Once your card is activated, you’re ready to start using your Bulldogs membership!
Accessing Home Games at Marvel Stadium
One of the biggest membership benefits is access to home games at Marvel Stadium. As a Bulldogs member, you get general admission access to every Bulldogs home game for the season.
Using Your Membership Card
To access Marvel Stadium for home games with your membership, simply tap your membership card on the gates as you enter. This will validate your entry. No print-outs or barcodes are required.
If you have a digital membership card saved on your smartphone, you can also have the gate staff scan the barcode on your phone screen.
Purchasing Reserved Seating
General admission gets you access to the standing room areas at Marvel Stadium. However, you can also purchase reserved seating:
- Online – Log into your Account Manager and browse available seats for each game. Purchase your seats and they will be linked to your membership card.
- By phone – Call the Western Bulldogs membership team and they can assist with booking seats over the phone.
- In person – Visit the membership desk at the stadium on game day to check availability and purchase seats.
Using Your Membership at Finals
Finals matches may have different ticketing conditions. If the Bulldogs qualify, keep an eye out for emails, app notifications and website updates regarding the process for members.
In most cases, members will need to pre-purchase finals tickets in advance. Your membership gets you access to a presale period before the general public.
Utilizing Member Offers and Discounts
One of the great perks of being a Western Bulldogs member is access to special offers and discounts. These include:
Members get 10% off merchandise purchases from the Western Bulldogs shop. To use your discount:
- In person – Present your membership card at checkout.
- Online – Sign into your Account Manager and the discount will be automatically applied.
Dining and Beverage
On game days at Marvel Stadium, members get 10% off food and drink purchases. Just show your membership card when ordering.
As a Bulldogs member you’ll have access to special offers on tickets for concerts, shows and sporting events through Ticketek. These are promoted through the membership team and via the app.
Voting in the Club Elections
Western Bulldogs members get the chance to help shape the future of the club by voting in the annual board elections.
Eligibility to Vote
To be eligible to vote in the club elections, you must:
- Be a 5 game Western Bulldogs member
- Be 16 years of age or older
- Have been a member for at least 180 days prior to the election date
Casting Your Vote
When elections come around, eligible members will receive an email or mail notification with details on the voting process. Typically this involves either:
- Online voting via your Account Manager
- Physically attending on voting day at Marvel Stadium
Make sure your details are up to date so you don’t miss out on having your say in the direction of the club!
Getting Involved with volunteering, the Social club and regional branches
The Bulldogs have an incredible volunteer community made up of passionate members who contribute across match days, community initiatives and club activities.
If you are interested in volunteering, reach out to the Bulldogs membership team to learn about current opportunities. Roles include:
- Game day team – Help out with ushering, ticketing, concessions etc.
- Community programs – Assist with visits to hospitals, schools, Auskick clinics and more.
- Events team – Lend a hand at member events, fundraising occasions and season launches.
Western Bulldogs Social Club
The Bulldogs Social Club brings members together all year round for events, trips away and special occasions. Get involved to meet other passionate Bulldogs fans.
Keep an eye on communications from the membership team for upcoming Social Club activity details.
The Bulldogs have over 15 regional supporter branches across Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and even in Darwin! Joining your local branch is a fantastic way to connect with members in your area.
Reach out to the membership team to find contact details for your closest regional branch.
Renewing Your Membership
Western Bulldogs memberships are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Here are the key steps when it comes time to renew your membership:
- You will receive a renewal notice via email and mail before your membership expires
- Renew online via your Account Manager or call the membership team for assistance
- Renew by the deadline to retain membership continuity. This provides early access to finals tickets, voting rights and other benefits.
Membership Payment Plans
If you need some extra flexibility, the Bulldogs offer membership payment plans to split costs across the year. Contact the membership team for details.
Bringing the Kids
It’s great for families to enjoy the footy together. Here are some key tips for bringing kids to the games with your membership:
- Kids under 15 get in free with a General Admission membership
- Reserved seat tickets are required for kids over 4 years old
- The family area is a great kid-friendly spot to set up at Marvel Stadium
- Make sure to check entry conditions for finals matches
Taking Advantage of Member Pre-Sales
Aside from finals tickets, members also get pre-sale access for other major events, including:
ANZAC Day Match
ANZAC Day is one of the biggest games on the Bulldogs calendar. Members can purchase tickets in a special pre-sale before the general public.
Get first access to tickets for Bulldogs pre-season and practice matches.
Member-only pre-sales may apply for major events like club awards nights, WB Hall of Fame inductions, Open Training Sessions and more.
Receiving Member Communications
Stay across all things Western Bulldogs with member communications including:
- Membership renewal notices
- Upcoming event and offer details
- Finals information
- Elections and voting advice
- Surveys – Have your say!
Ensure your contact details are up to date in your Account Manager to receive all communications. You can choose to receive via email, post or SMS.
Providing Feedback and Getting Support
We want to ensure all Western Bulldogs members have an incredible experience with the club. Please reach out via the following channels if you need any assistance or wish to provide feedback:
- Phone – Call 03 5332 1233 to speak with our membership team
- Email – [email protected]
- In person – Visit the membership desk located on Level 1 at Marvel Stadium
We look forward to helping create memorable moments and experiences for you as a valued member of the Bulldogs family!
We hope this guide has helped explain all the great ways you can get the most out of your Western Bulldogs membership. The Bulldogs have one of the most passionate member bases in the AFL, so welcome to the family!
Whether it’s access to games, discounts and offers, voting rights, events or volunteering, there are so many opportunities to get involved. So tap into your membership today to go behind the scenes and support the red, white and blue.
If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We look forward to seeing you at all the excitement and action this season!