By Tony Attwood
Are Arsenal’s tickets the most expensive in the Premier League?
It is something that is often raised on this site, and I thought it might be time to do one of our regular reports on the issue.
If you’ve been with us down this route before you will know that the season ticket at Arsenal gives you a seat to 26 matches; I think all other clubs in the past have had 19, although one or two have more than this at certain price points. Tottenham in their new pricing policy for super whizzo new WHL have more than 19 – but it is all a bit complicated so even having had a look at the season ticket issue I am not too sure who gets what.
And of course I’ll want to factor in whether the club has to pay for its own stadium or not. Manchester City and West Ham have to greater or lesser extents avoided paying all the costs of the new ground. Arsenal and Tottenham have (or are about to) pay all the costs. Chelsea will also have to, whenever that happens, although they do have a very rich benefactor who will presumably soak up a lot of the cost, and own the ground himself.
Anyway, let’s look at the prices
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These figures are taken from a report by the Daily Telegraph. The only thing not clear in that report is which Tottenham tickets include some extra games and how many extra games there are. So with both the highest and the lowest prices I’ve included the price if 7 extra games are included. However there is no indication how many seats get extra games at Tottenham or where they are nor indeed what the extra games are. But the implication of the article is that only some tickets include extra games and some of those games are League Cup matches.
I do know that some clubs have insisted that season ticket holders buy cup match tickets and that these include League Cup games (Man U is notorious for doing or having done that). Arsenal, as you will know have a particularly low prices for League Cup games (£10 lower tier throughout, £20 upper tier throughout, £10 for over 60 year olds upper tier throughout), but I have seen nothing to indicate that this happens elsewhere.
It is also worth noting in the report that at New WHL “only 2,500 tickets – or just four per cent of the stadium – are available at the lowest price of £795, and you have to be connected to a junior applicant eligible for this family area to get one.”
As far as I can tell these tickets don’t buy the cup tickets so they really are £41.84 a game – which is 22% higher than Arsenal’s cheapest tickets which cover a much bigger section of the ground. The Telegraph confirms that the £2200 include domestic cup tickets which seems to mean FA Cup and League Cup.
So to get a comparison there what we would have to do is take out European games from Arsenal’s schedule and include League Cup matches, which would enhance the differentiation between the clubs even further.
However it appears that at one end of the ground Tottenham fans will have access to a private bar where they will receive a “complimentary” beer at half time. The Telegraph adds, “so there’s every chance at least a few of them will not be in their seats at the start of the second half,” which is a bit sarcastic.
But I would add that I really personally don’t like any promotion of a free alcoholic drink. I enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer before or game, but alcohol is an addictive substance. Giving it away free never quite seems to me to be right. But I am sure they know what they are doing.
It is interesting that my memories of the move to the Ems from Highbury was something very positive for me (although not necessarily always in terms of results!) I don’t recall having any worries about price changes and from the very first match thought the new place was a huge improvement on the old.
But maybe there were some people who were upset by the move – I wasn’t writing the blog then, so I don’t rightly know. The Telegraph reports one Tottenham fan saying, “They have got us over a barrel at the moment. There was no indication that prices would be increased like this. If anything it was inferred prices might be along a similar line [to the Wembley pricing].” But that’s one fan. Not a representative sample.
I suspect however Tottenham are facing the same issue as Arsenal did with our move. We know from earlier reports there are bank loans, and that the cost of the stadium increased over time, and the loans have to be repaid in a set time span, hence they need a lot of money from the ground to pay for this. That was what hampered Arsenal in the transfer market; we shall have to see if it has any impact on Tottenham.
What I also wonder is whether the Tottenham manager has had to do what Mr Wenger had to do – sign a clause to say he would be staying at the club for a certain number of years, as part of the bank guarantee.
Anyway, as before, it is clear that Arsenal is not the most expensive ground in London, let alone the world, as some commentators here have said over and over and over and over. Anyone wishing to repeat the claim will be asked to provide evidence. The phrase “everyone knows it is true” which has been widely used in the past as a form of evidence, will not be accepted as evidence. Fair enough?
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