Despite being the most profitable league in the world, hosting some of the biggest clubs in Europe, the Premier league has yet again seen an average rise of season ticket prices this year, but the question is: how much is too much?
In the wake of this year’s Champions League final, involving two German sides - Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund - an investigation into ticket prices was held and it was found that in comparison to the German Bundesliga, Premier League prices are inflated and, in fact, extortionate.
The Premier League plays host to a large group of top quality teams, with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all competing for the prized trophy. Along with these teams come world-class players, but is the money required to watch them simply too much? For most people, the straight-forward answer is: yes.
Last year, the Guardian composed data regarding the pricing of tickets around the top European Leagues and found the average season ticket in the Premier League to be far more expensive than the Bundesliga and La Liga with only the Italian League, Serie A, being more expensive.
A clear example of this gulf in prices can be found between the season ticket values of Arsenal, pricing their cheapest ticket at £985 and the far more affordable and reasonable price of £104 to watch Bayern Munich at the Alliance Arena. The findings were shocking as it came to light just how overpriced Premier League tickets are.
In the countries economic state, inflation is part of everyday life, and some people argue that price rises are inevitable and that the football fan should either pay the money or not go to the game, but eventually, if ticket prices rise too much further, ‘normal’ people will not be able to afford to attend games and be forced to watch their teams on TV, but will this have a profound impact on games?
Without the fans filling a stadium, the atmosphere inside will inevitably be reduced significantly, and in turn, ruin the feel of the game.
Without a significant change from Premier League clubs, ticket prices will forever now remain a major stumbling block in the way of the ‘average’ football fan when it comes to attending games; prices are proving to keep people away from games and without change, things can only get worse, the only question is: how much further can it go?
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