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Arsenal set to impose £100 ticket price barrier


It appears he’s right as the Premier League has become a rich man’s playground lately, with foreign owners commonplace taking the reins at the majority of Premier League clubs, Blackburn the latest club to fall under foreign ownership.

Incidentally, Blackburn had the cheapest adult season in the Premier League with tickets at £224 – just over twice the cost of a single high-end ticket at the Emirates.

A £100 ticket would make watching Arsenal 11 times more expensive than following Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. The German team charge just £9 for their cheapest seat.

The most expensive normal seats at the Emirates Stadium – in the centre of the upper tier for ‘category A’ games against popular opponents – are £94 per person, plus a booking fee of up to £2.30 and £2.20 postage.

That makes £98.50 for a typical purchase. But, with VAT rising from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent, that ticket would break the £100 barrier for the first time.

No club can afford to charge such prices throughout their grounds and stay busy, and Arsenal have a wide range of prices, from £48 to £94 for ‘Category A’ games against top opposition such as Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.

Arsenal’s cheapest adult season ticket for 2010-11 cost £893, while their most expensive ‘ordinary’ season ticket, which has no hospitality, was £1,825. Liverpool were the next most expensive for 2010-11 at £680, followed by Tottenham (£650), West Ham (£585) and Chelsea (£550).

The club with the next most expensive single ticket price in England is Tottenham, where the most expensive ‘normal’ seat is £76 per game, which will increase to £78 when VAT rises in January, according to Spurs’ official website.

The most expensive ordinary seat at Chelsea costs £73, and at Manchester United just £49.

It’s clear that the London clubs are setting the standard by raising prices as they feel the pinch of the age of austerity under the new Conservative government

This step by Arsenal will not only begrudge their fan base, it will also push ticket prices into a frightening new era.

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  • Big Bird says:

    That is a joke, it is already too expensive at Arsenal to watch a game at the Emirates. I am an average fan who loves Arsenal, I especially would like to go every week to see them, but due to the high prices I unfortunately can’t go. I think they should go the other way and lower there prices for the average fan.

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