The Scandal Of Premier League Ticket Prices As £104 Buys You A Bayern Munich Season Ticket!
The Bayern Munich President, Uli Hoeness, has reminded us yet again about the disgraceful Premier League ticket prices in England.
One of the problems is that this now having gone on for so many years, many fans are now conditioned to think that this is the norm and not question why the prices charged are so high.
This is what Uli Honess has had to say as he once again confirmed that fans would still be able to pay £104 for a standing season ticket in 2014/15 behind the goal to watch Bayern Munich.
“We could charge more than £104, let’s say we charged £300.
“We would get £2m more in income but what is £2m to us?
“In a transfer discussion you argue about that sum for five minutes but the difference between £104 and £300 is huge for the fan.
“We don’t think that the fans are like cows who you milk.
“Football has got to be for everybody and that is the biggest difference between us and England.”
As the Bayern President states, in Germany they believe they have an obligation to make football affordable for all, and whilst Hoeness says they could earn a few million more, they choose not to. In England it is exactly the opposite, pretty much all of the clubs charge as much as they think they can get away with, the idea of limiting greed is so alien to the people who own Premier League clubs.
While Mike Ashley gets an easy ride on ticket prices, the reality is that Ashley charges as much as he thinks he can get away with. Having the third biggest capacity and a total lack of ambition at the club, the Newcastle owner has come up with all kinds of deals to get bums on seats – though if you look at the basic season ticket prices if you wanted to buy one tomorrow, you might get a surprise if you’re not on a long-term deal.
The good people at Sporting Intelligence have put together the table below showing Premier League ticket prices for the coming season, the highs and lows of season tickets at each club;
The big problem is that comparing deals between clubs is not that easy due to the various schemes each employ, as well as the fact of how many tickets are available at the cheapest price.
In Newcastle United’s case, if you weren’t going into the Family Enclosure, the cheapest adult season as advertised on the club website, would cost you £524 at St.James’ Park, and this is limited to a handful of seats along the front of the Leazes, as well as a small number in the Leazes West Corner.
Otherwise the cheapest adult season ticket for a Newcastle fan is £578 for behind either the Leazes or Gallowgate goals.
To me a much better comparison when comparing the various Premier League clubs, would be to get the price for an adult season ticket halfway up the stand behind the goal – a far easier way to compare what each charge for a standard ticket.
When you consider that Newcastle charge £578 (a number of PL clubs a lot worse) for that privilege, while arguably the best team in the World, Bayern Munich, charge £104 for a standing season ticket behind the goal – it sums up just how out of touch we have all got. The TV money sloshing around should make it easy to bring ticket prices down for all, but while the clubs can get away with it, then sadly club owners in this country will be continuing to ‘milk the cows’.
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