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Re: 2012-2013 Discussion Thread for La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, etc
The game really is in a precarious position. More and more clubs at all levels now are charging obscene prices and whilst fans for the most part either through loyalty or the fact they can afford the prices are still paying these prices, there's going to come a time when fans finally start to question why its worth paying so much for a game of football. I hate to bring up Germany again, but just look at their model. The fans know without them the game can't prosper and they're aligned with one another to curb any potential price hike or alteration in the system. The Premier League and indeed the nation as a whole is so divided between regions and rivalry that there's no collective unity and that means the fans will continue to be exploited. You'd think with all the TV revenue money and general turnover clubs could afford to make tickets cheaper, but with clubs being run as businesses these days no amount of turnover is enough.
I mean look at the prices in the Premier League:
Man City away was as much as £24 5 seasons back, now £51-55. £38 is the cheapest for the smaller clubs.
Arsenal for Category A games charge £62. This applies to Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool.
Chelsea charge £47-50 regardless of opposition, but for the bigger teams expect closer to £60.
Liverpool charge £42 as a minimum, again for bigger teams its around £46. Used to be £28 not too long ago.
Swansea is now £45 for away fans, up from £35 last season.
Norwich are charging Man Utd £50 for the upcoming fixture, anyone who pays that is a mug.
Tottenham are charging between £51-59 for the Category A games this season, dearest seats in the home end at around £74.
Villa is £41 this season, down from £45 last season remarkably but still extortionate. The fact they charged West Brom and Wolves £45 last season should tell you of the times we're living in.
Fulham away is £49 for Category A games...fucking Fulham. Aka the most plastic set of fans in the League.
Chelsea are charging Aston Villa between £52-55 for a game on the 23rd December, 2 days before Christmas. I pray Villa take below 500 because that's the only way an asinine price like that will be dropped next season.
Then you take into account Championship clubs charging up to £33 in some cases, League 1 and League 2 clubs charging upwards of £25 for the dearest ticket and fucking Conference clubs charging close to £20 in a lot of cases and you just have to question how clubs can get away charging such obscene prices at all levels of the game.
By contrast, the 1999 Champions League Final in Barcelona was £15 for Man Utd fans, and Chelsea's game at Donestsk this season was £5.