The Lockout Thread: Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
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09-14-2012, 04:01 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
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RIDICULOUSLY cheap as compared to what?
I think it all depends on your frame of reference.
I've been an Arsenal supporter for years. For years I've been seeing Arsenal fans complain at length about how escalating ticket prices have priced out the common fan and that Arsenal has the highest ticket prices in Europe. I am traveling to London this weekend to go to a game, and I was surprised to find that my ticket was not nearly as expensive as I had anticipated.
Looking at SEASON TICKETS for all English Premier League clubs, the cheapest is 300 GBP ($483) and the most expensive is 1,955 pounds ($3,149). Hell, the most expensive season ticket at Manchester United, allegedly the most valuable sports team in the world (
) is 950 GBP ($1,530).
I realize that there are different number of games played, different stadium sizes, etc, but nonetheless, compare that to the NHL where a lot of places season tickets can run over $15,000. Even the Canes range from $731 to $6,235. Sure, it's supply and demand, and the teams clearly can successfully charge exorbitantly high prices. But, that doesn't mean fans shouldn't complain about it being expensive.
If you spot a guy with a massive beard and a Canes hat while in London, do say hi. Dare say I am the only one here.
Also: Season tickets for PL-sides do not include any cup games, they come extra, and like you said, there is a massive difference in games played. Not trying to say tickets aren't overpriced though, just that there's a reason they come cheaper in the UK. Prices are rising here too, my season ticket for Fulham was 529 pounds this year, a few years ago they were going for 329.
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