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Top flight ticket pricing exploiting football fans

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Football in the past was an easily accessible sport for all to enjoy. However, there is much argument as to whether the modern day game is exploiting supporters.

Ticket prices for the majority of fans are increasing season by season and many are struggling, or even finding it impossible to afford to attend matches of the team they support. A prime example of such high prices is Arsenal.

The cheapest adult season ticket for the 2015/16 season was a whopping £1035. It appears some clubs don't value their fans and see them as 'walking wallets' that they are far too eager to take advantage of.


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It is not just an issue confined to the Premier League. Take Championship side Sheffield Wednesday for example, a new owner, big expectations, big ticket prices. The average price for an adult matchday ticket for home supporters is £40, ranging from £20-£52.

Normally away fans bear the brunt of high prices but not in recent times. If that's the price a successful league campaign will cost you, no thank you. It's the same problem across the country, fans being exploited.

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Clubs that are getting it right

However, it's not all doom and gloom. Some football clubs are keeping prices as low as they can, including League One side Bradford City.

They offer adult season tickets at the price of £149. This has caused a surge in sales taking their season ticket count to 18,000. This is a fantastic example set by the Bantams, but why is it not the norm?

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With supporters campaigning across the world over this issue, many feel they are just being ignored. Are we now locked into the system of paying out to watch a game of football?

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Is football slowly becoming an exclusive sport? Perhaps it already has for supporters of certain clubs, but we still need to recognize some clubs are keeping their prices as cheap as possible and, at this moment in time, there's still hope that other clubs will follow their example.

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