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SBD Global/July 21, 2014/International Football

English Premier League Fans Made To Pay As Clubs Hike Ticket Prices Again

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More than half of Premier League clubs have hiked season-ticket prices -- "despite cashing in on the latest TV deal" worth £5.5B ($9.4B) over three years, according to Alex Miller of the London DAILY MAIL. The Football Supporters’ Federation is planning a march in protest and Chair Malcolm Clarke said, "Nine out of 10 fans already think they are paying too much for tickets and these figures only back that point of view. Clubs are swimming in cash and the last media deal was worth £5 billion. The huge increase would have been enough for clubs to let every fan in for free and they would have been no worse off." The biggest price hikes have been made by Burnley and Queens Park Rangers, both promoted last season -- Burnley has "raised the price of its cheapest season ticket prices by a whopping" 47%. Substantial rises "have also been announced at Stoke and Hull." Only two clubs "have lowered prices this season." Football for some fans in the North East "has come down in price after Mike Ashley announced marginal price cuts at Newcastle" and Sunderland kept its prices down, too. Arsenal has instigated 3% price rises in line with inflation, taking its most expensive season-ticket prices above the £2,000 ($3,400) mark, "the highest in the league" (DAILY MAIL, 7/19).

How ticket costs have gone up
Club Top season
ticket price
Percent
increase
QPR £949 ($1,600) +38
Burnley £685 ($1,170)
+37
Hull £572 ($9800 +27
Norwich £646 ($1,100)
 +12
Crystal Palace £720 ($1,200) +11
Man City
£860 ($1,470)
+10
Southampton £853 ($1,460)
+4
Arsenal £2,013 ($3,440) +3
Everton £719 ($1,230) +3
Aston Villa £615 ($1,050) +3
Stoke City £609 ($1,040) +2
Liverpool £869 ($1,490) +2
Leicester £730 ($1,250) +2
Tottenham £1,895 ($3,240) 0
Chelsea £1,250 ($2,140) 0
ManU £950 ($1,620) 0
West Ham £910 ($1,550) 0
Sunderland £525 ($900) 0
Swansea £499 ($850) 0
West Brom £459 ($780) 0
Newcastle £710 ($1,220) -1
 Average £902 ($1,540) +6.6
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