So we just had our annual bashing by the media for having the “most expensive tickets”. But how about we actually take a look at the real facts rather than the selective data we find the media using.
For starters, the statistics are less than adequate since the media takes no account of the number of games you get to see with your season ticket……we all know that (well Gooners do anyway). However, that’s just shoddy and I’ll come back to that.
If you look at the full findings in the pdf document the BBC has published you find not only a different perspective………..but some very amateurish (or deliberately shallow) research.
For example, the way their logic works, is that if a club has 59,999 season tickets at £100 and one at £10,000 while other clubs have 1 season ticket at £99 and 59,999 at £9,999, the club with the £10k ticket has the most expensive season tickets.
As it is their research doesn’t actually bother to look at the average prices or the numbers available at each price. So it’s already a bit meaningless. But then to delve any deeper may mean they wouldn’t be able to bash Arsenal quite as easily.
What this research does tell us, however, is something very different to the headlines the lazy “journalists” use.
Now you have to cut me some slack here because I’ve had to make some assumptions since the BBC research doesn’t make it clear. They do have a very small footnote which states that our “season ticket includes seven matches in domestic cups and Champions League”. (Well that’s actually wrong as it’s not “domestic cups” it’s the FA Cup, we sell League Cup tickets much cheaper.) Anyway, what it doesn’t say is whether other teams include any cup games so I’ve assumed not.
So here’s the devil in the detail (NB this only covers 19 clubs as Swansea refused to take part in the survey):
- For our cheapest season ticket it costs £39.00 per game. But no, it’s not the most expensive, that’s the Spuds at £40.26 per game.
- So what about our “most expensive season ticket in the country”? Well that’s not true either, ours works out at £77.42 per game. The most expensive yet again is the Spuds at a whopping £99.74 a game.
- And what about the cheapest match ticket each club sells? Well we’re way behind on that one with ten clubs charging more than our £27. Compare that to the highest priced “cheapest”, it’s almost half the price of the mere £52 that Chelsea charge.
- We do have to confess to having the most expensive “top-price” match day ticket though but at £97 it’s a mere two quid more than West Ham………WEST HAM ffs. And let’s not forget about the wonderful facilities we have at the Emirates when all said and done.
- So the last category is that of “Cheapest adult away ticket”. Nope, not us again. In fact there are 11 clubs who charge more than us. We charge a mere £26 while yet again Chelsea are there with (a not so cheap) £47. Now I have to apologise again as the BBC data does not make it clear what an “away ticket” is., i.e. the price of a ticket to an away fan visiting us or the price of a ticket for us going elsewhere. (But then we’ve already established that the BBC is pretty lax when it comes to valid research!).
- Oh and one last point is that there were only 18 teams considered in the “away ticket” analysis as Man U failed to provide that information…….as they did with the price of a programme, the price of a pie and the price of a cup of tea. I wonder why??? Having said that, when you’ve travelled as far as Man U fans have to for a home game I suppose you’ll be so hungry and thirsty you don’t mind what you pay. One thing’s for sure you’ll pay more for a replica shirt at OT; senior or junior.
- Then the media make the comparison with what it costs for the cheapest Bayern Munich season ticket i.e. £104.48……omg that must mean our pricing policy is drafted by Beelzebub himself! They don’t mention the fact that the most expensive match day ticket at Lille (yep that top European side which has only won the French League once in 60 years) is a staggering £104.48. Or that PSG’s top match day ticket is an unbelievable £186.57 which pales into insignificance when compared to the £275.38 Barcelona charge for the same.
It’s all so damned arbitrary but what gets me is how the story is always turned into something anti-Arsenal. But that’s enough of that. The whole point of this article is merely to underline the deliberate or lazy bias we see against us in the media day after day; week after week. We may have the most expensive ticket but only a fool or someone with an agenda would want to ignore the evidence that shows that there are other clubs who rip their fans off more if you can be bothered to use a brain cell.
Now I’ve already said the research available is misleading and some of my assumptions may be wrong. Not my fault and I can’t be bothered to do what the BBC is too lazy to do. So apologies in advance. But my premise of Arsenal bias remains sound whatever the case.
The other thing I would say is that I’m not trying to excuse the appallingly high price English football fans have to play to watch football. But that’s a whole different debate.
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