Monday, August 22, 2011

Ticket Price Rises to Football Matches Hitting Some Supporters

At the beginning of the football season weird placings on the tables frequently happen.

After just the second weekend of Premiership fixtures we have top of the table Manchester City, which is no huge surprise, then second Wolves and third are Aston Villa. Somehow I doubt we'll see the same placings one month from now.

How far can the costs of football tickets rise before supporters say "enough is enough!" I wonder. When so many people are out of work, inflation is quite high, and wages are being kept low, a lot of people are struggling to budget for essentials, never mind entertainment. At a club like Manchester United they can virtually guarantee a sell out crowd every match. Tickets have risen this season which the club cliams is to take account of the rise in VAT. For individual matches they now stand at:
Adult:          £28-£50
Senior:         Half price, capped at £20
16-17           Half price, capped at £20
Junior:          £10
Still, that could be considered very good value when compared with some London clubs. Chelsea for example has changed some of its prices depending on who they are playing, with a newly created AA category of home Premier League games. The AA category includes the games against Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City. The old ticket would have cost £75 for the upper tier of the West Stand. That same ticket has risen by a staggering 16% to £87.

It has to be said that some clubs have held prices or in some cases even reduced them in an effort to get their supporters in to the ground.

Manchester United play Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford later at 8pm.


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