Personally i think the impact of free tickets is overstated anyway tbh.
If you dont have the hype, then free tickets often just go to waste anyway.
Good example R3 last year, a bit of hype around the team going into the Sydney game coupled with free tickets via the Maccas promo meant we had a terrific crowd; i think most of that would be the members turning up because of the good vibes but maybe you add another 1500 or so turning up because of the promotion.
We ran the exact same promo later in the season and i reckon id had close to zero impact. Why? Because there was no hype and we were seen as a dud product.
I wouldnt say the free tix have zero impact, but end of the day i think people are happy to pay if they are anticipating a good product. If the anticipation isnt there, neither are the attendances and free tickets dont do much to alleviate that.
In reference to WU, i'd say there'd be some hype around them for the Perth game, just being that it was their first ever home game. Hence i think 6888 or 6088 are both poor figures, esp when you consider our debut home game figures. I dont envisage WU are going to improve that figure non-derby for the season either unless they can really look like a contender; imo they'll seriously struggle to crack 3-4000 each home game going forward.
Likewise i dont think their membership number is overly representative either, given that theres a stack of 2 ($30) and 4 ($60) game memberships that are clearly cheaper than GA tickets of other clubs. I'll admit im tempted to buy one for the Ballarat games for example, makes sense financially, although i can't bring myself to put my name down as a member for the wutang clan.