Premier League ticket prices are on the up
Premier League ticket prices are continuing to rise, despite economic troubles.
ESPN are reporting that a BBC study has shown that the cost of attending football matches across all four professional divisions has fallen by 2.4% year on year; however the cost of attending Premier League matches has risen by 4.3% in the average price of the cheapest season tickets.
The fact that overall prices have fallen will be well received by football fans up and down the country, on the back of year after year of sharp rises, last year for example saw an 11% rise in the price of the cheapest season ticket, but a 5% fall in attendances has led to a review by many football league clubs.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson was also pleased by the latest figures.
He said, “It’s good news for fans but it does come after a long period of incremental rises year on year,”
“The key thing is that it is replicated in years to come. I think clubs are beginning to understand what fans are going through and to adjust their prices accordingly.”
Premier League increases were not so welcome news however, and the chairman of the Football Supporters Federation Malcolm Clarke said, “It’s disappointing that the average price of the cheapest season ticket has still gone up despite the extra income and despite the very difficult economic circumstances many supporters are in.
“There is plenty of scope to do much more than they have already done. If all that happens is that most of that money is being used to go into players and agents, then there is a danger that there will be a real kickback from fans.”
Many fans of the Premier League will echo Mr Clarke’s statement, and we have already seen protests against the price of attending Premier League football matches, when last season Manchester City fans protested at the price of attending their clubs game away at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium.
And if many more protests continue this season, then the continued rise in ticket prices is something Premier clubs might finally look at reviewing and making more affordable, after all football is supposed to be the working class game.