Date: 12th August 2006 at 3:43pm
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With the release of the ticket prices for the 2006/07 season, it is clear once again that in order to keep this club great, it’s the average fan who has to suffer.

Gone have the days when the working class fan could attend all the home games with his kids in tow and still have enough money to buy them all a burger.

The massive salaries that the players of today earn have inflated the price of a match ticket to astronomical highs. However it seems to be the Ashburton faithful who will suffer the most.

Arsenal’s top ticket price has been revealed at a staggering £94 for one solitary match, an unbeleivable £60 HIGHER than Liverpool FC’s most expensive ticket. High cost of living in the south would explain a small increase in prices but a 60 quid difference is just plain obsurd.

So we need to ask the question, why?

When an Arsenal spokes person was posed the question, the simple reply was,

‘We are very comfortable with our pricing’

Well I bet they are, all sat on their big fat arses raking it in. If they ticket price were so steep to help with the finiacial burden of our spanking new stadium, why not just say? Simple, because that has nothing to do with it. It appears to me that these hikes are nothing more than fat cat greed that is ruining today’s game.

So what can we do to remedy this?

There is no solution. Arsenal’s fan base is so huge that as mass boycott would ultimately fail because there are literally hundred’s of thousands of Gooners who very rarely get to games due to the high demand of tickets, for every fan with a ticket there are another 20 without. The stadium would easily be filled.

As long as Arsenal continue to be a successful team, there will always be hangers on who use their attendance of matches as some kind of status symbol to brag to their friends and business partners about, and as long as we have these hangers on, the stadium will always be full and the board will always have a reason to keep the prices high.

The question is, which would you prefer?

A successful team, winning trophies and playing football that is recognised as some of the most awesome around the world with out of this world ticket prices?

Or

A mediocre team playing the George Graham style boring football and cheap ticket prices?

It’s a funny old game eh!!

Top Tickets Prices in the PL:-

Arsenal – £94
Spurs – £71
Chelsea – £60
West Ham – £57
Newcastle – £50
Fulham – £45
Reading – £41
Middlesboro – £40
Blackburn – £39
Bolton – £39
Man Utd – £39
Man City – £38
Everton – £37
Aston Villa – £35
Charlton – £35
Wigan – £35
Watford – £35
Liverpool – £34
Sheffield U – £34
Portsmouth – £30

 

51 Replies to “The Great Arsenal Ticket Rip Off”

  • if i can get a ticket for a game i’ll pay that price, but u can neva get a bloomin ticket. u ave to be a member or something. if anyone knows how let me kno…

  • That and also we fans couldnt campaign to get the ticket prices lowered because for every fan who gave up his ticket there are more than a few replacements. Good for the club and its future, bad for the fans pocket.

  • Their expliantion for that is that the best seats at Highbury are not the equivolent to the best seats at Ashburton. Also they said there would be a price freeze but the cheapest ticket is now 32 quid when it was 30 quid last season.

  • I go to every game home and away and I feel a lot of resentment towards the club over this. They are no better than a heroin dealer, using my addiction to meet their own ends. It’s been a long time since I’ve bought any club merchandise and I’ve foregone the chance to see Brazil Argentina cos I refuse to gratify the clubs pricing policy for an international friendly. In the end, when football’s bubble bursts and the club desperately try to fill the 60,000 stadium they’ll come running back to us. All they are doing long term is alienating future generations and in twenty years no one will watch games. The average 16 year old can’t afford to go with his mates and so the club are producing a generation of kids who will havr no desire to watch football live. I could only start going when I was 16 cos that’s when I could get a part time job to pay for tickets, prior to that I could only go once or twice a year.

  • you cant compare club level seats with normall half way line seats at Anfield. different level of luxury and yes of course we need to pay for the stadium. without club level we may not have moved homes at all.
    also last season at highbuy normal tickets were exchanging hands for A LOT more than £94 from touts. this season touts will have a hard time so at least that is the real top price. I read that touts at chelsea are a real problem now.

  • Tout aren’t a problem at Chelski cos they don’t sell out every game. When we played them at the Bodge last August they only sold out the day of the game. If you’ve ever bought the evening standard you’ll see how desperate they are to prostitute tickets.

  • Thats the whole point GP, fans at our club very rarely get tickets so when the chance arises people are willing to pay the earth to get to a game. The club know this and as such they decide to hike the prices, its a catch 22.

  • That is truly shockin. How much is the cheapest ticket?

    Sounds like you might be cheaper going to the away games instead!

  • Cheapest ticket as far as I’m aware is £32. Thats fine by me, as the seats are pretty much behind the goals and the view is great. I cant say I’ll ever bother getting a seat on upper tiers or down the side of the pitch!

  • You have to pay for quality. Whoever the idiot who wrote this article was should wake up. 94 quid doesn’t buy the best theatre ticket or even a round of golf at a top course. People with the money are willing to pay, its called supply and demand. And the product we produce is worth the money. We could sell 80 or 90k 25 quid tickets most games but not always (just like Man u, Chelscum and the rest). But the cost of building that size stadium would be too high. More important, We were denied planning permission for an 80k stadium anyway. Economics therefore prevails. How do you build a s.o.t.a. stadium with a 60k capacity? Price 1/3 of the seats high, to generate extra revenue. Hard but true. Life is changing, entertainment is more expensive than ever, but believe me, there’ll be no shortage of kids playing football. Why?? B/c they can earn 80-100k a week. Why? Because we are paying for it. And happy to do so.

  • Easy to say if you’ve got the money Fab4. But I earn a pittance teaching English, every home and away game costs me about £4k a season. I also like the theatre, but it doesn’t bear comparison with football pricing because I do not go three times a week. Football represents a businessman’s dream, cos they know they can treat us shoddily and we’re hardly gonna say, “oh well, I’ll take my business to Tottenham instead.” Hence my comparison with the heroin dealer. Kids will always play footie yes, but will they go? Teenagers can’t afford those prices so will have been bought up with no interest in watching live footie. So there is no generational transition, hence a fall off in business. I note that the opening competitive game at Emirates against Villa went on sale to red members! Suggesting that the clubs extravagant demand is excluding more than they bargained for. If this historic occasion struggles, then what for games next season against Reading and Wigan?

  • So Man Utd haven’t produced quality football? What about Liverpool, how many trophies have they won recently? yet their tickets are far lower priced than ours, it’s inexcusable…..as for telling me to wake up, you need to stop being so naive, I still pay for my over priced ticket, but I do it begrudgingly where as you seem quite happy to pay for a ridiculously priced seat with no thought of who’s pocket you are lining….and you call me an idiot.

  • Haven’t you been on the forum bleating about new signings? You can also buy shares in the club or a bond if you want to be part of future profits. Sorry about the idiot thing, it was uncalled for, but there’s nothing wrong with running a profitable business. This club has always re-invested in itself, and I’m proud to be a fan. If you don’t like it, support the Spuds!!

  • So I’m not allowed to voice my opinion over the ticket prices……put up or shut up, is that right? Well I’m sorry but thats just not the case. You don’t get to be anymore of a fan just because you pay more for your seat. The problem is that sooner or later they are going to price the average working man out of the game, hell its happening all ready. Do you think that our ticket prices and the lack of atmosphere is just a coincidence?? Of course it isnt, the prices of tickets are that high these days that the fans of yesteryear who used to pack the terraces and sing their heart out for the team can no longer afford to go to every game and as such we’re stuck with a load of suit wearing prawn sandwich eaters more bothered about drinking their champers rather than watching the game. Yes it does help the club which is why I said it was a vicous circle but that doesnt mean I can’t voice my opinions without someone telling me to go and support Spurs.

  • I agree with gazzap these are top price tickets in the best stadium in the premiership if not the world for one of the best teams in the world. They are like first class tickets a kind which couldn’t be offered before at Highbury and indeed many other stadia around the country, They are also only a small minority of tickets. It is the proportion of tickets per price band that is important and the cheapest tickets have only gone up 2 quid a game whcih is not a lot considering what you get.
    What is schocking is when you look at other teams in the list. Reading newly promoted they are 7th and oour shoddy north london neightbours in charge 71 quid for top price for seats in the creaking stands of their decripit ‘stadium. The London clubs have some of the highest prices and that is understandable.
    Also Plenty of Chelski supporters can afford the £60 tickets but they just choose not to go because their team is too boring too watch. Arsenal tickets are expensive and we do have no choice and it is harsh to take but we also have the best team and best stadium playing the best football and we still want to go so the picture painted in this article and in the press is highly sensationalized hype. Pound for pound Arsenal tickets are probably the best value for money in the premiership and only a minority of tickets are £94. Just my opinon and I believe we are all entitled to ours. Painting the club out to be bad guys doesn’t help anybody.

  • It’s a rip off plain and simple. What they will, hopefully find out, though, is that it will not be easy to sell out a midweek Champ’s League group match at these high prices. If a game against a weak opponent is on TV, stay home and watch. With a capacity of 60,000 the sight of 10,000 empty seats will speak much louder than words. We had the same situation last week against Celtic with adult tix @ £40 and £20 for kids. If they had been half that the ground would have been full. Keep the pressure on!

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