By Tony Attwood
Arsenal, as you will know, has said they plan to increase ticket prices by a total of 6.5% from the start of the 2011-12 season. They also said a number of changes are being introduced to ticketing and particularly thanked Arsenal Independent Supporters Association for their positive input over the past couple of years.
I like the last bit since I am a committee member of AISA, and had a small part to play in putting ideas forwards. It was good to see the recognition.
Here’s exactly what the Chief Exec said…
“We welcome suggestions from our fans to build into our thinking. Among others, the Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association has presented a number of good ideas to us. Some of these ideas are already built into our thinking for next season.”Others may take a little longer to develop, but we are committed to responding positively to what has been proposed.”
It was interesting that most of the press put out the same line on the story, which went roughly like this, “Arsenal, who have not won a trophy since 2005….” which is rather different from the way in which they handle other clubs’ statements. I can’t recall anyone ever saying, “Liverpool, who haven’t won the league for 21 years,” or “Tottenham Hotspur, who this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of their last league win…”
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