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SBD Global/August 19, 2013/International Football

EPL CEO Richard Scudamore Says Agreement Reached To Designate $6.3M To Fan Travel

EPL CEO Richard Scudamore said that more Premier League clubs are poised to follow Chelsea and Stoke City in "offering free and subsidised travel to their away fans," according to Rob Draper of the London DAILY MAIL. Scudamore said that the clubs have agreed to put aside £4M ($6.3M) a season "specifically to help fans travel away from home because the Premier League fears that declining away support is jeopardising the unique atmosphere that makes the competition so attractive." Scudamore: "In the past five years we’ve seen a 10% decline in away attendance. Even though attendances are up to record highs and the occupancy rates of stadia are up to 95.3%, away attendances are down. In the past six months we’ve put a lot of effort into what can be done for away attendance. One of our unique selling points is the away attendance because it creates the tension, the passion, the show" (DAILY MAIL, 8/18).
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