Price Tag Of $326 For Six Scotland Football Matches Prompts Outrage From Tartan Army
The Tartan Army on Monday accused the Scottish FA of a "season ticket rip-off," according to Anthony Haggerty of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Fans "reacted with fury" as the SFA announced the "cheapest ticket for all five home Euro qualifiers and a friendly against England next year" will cost £190 ($326). That compares to just £115 for five World Cup qualifiers last year. West of Scotland Tartan Army spokesperson Hamish Husband said that they "felt their loyalty was being exploited." Husband: "I got a call from a fellow Tartan Army footsoldier who has not missed a Scotland game at home and abroad for 30 years and his message melted my phone." Opponents for the Euro qualifiers include "newly-crowned" World Cup champ Germany (DAILY RECORD, 7/15). The HERALD SCOTLAND reported SFA CEO Stewart Regan insisted the "increase in ticket prices for Scotland's upcoming Euro 2016 qualifying campaign is 'fair and equitable.'" Regan claimed the price increase was "justified because of Scotland's opponents -- they face Germany, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Poland and Gibraltar -- as well as the cost of moving several fixtures away from Hampden," which has been temporarily transformed "into an athletics venue for the Commonwealth Games." Regan added in an email to a supporter, "The Scottish FA works very hard to ensure that our ticket pricing is fair, competitive and equitable and we believe that with the season ticket offer across our campaign matches and a high profile international challenge match we have managed to do that" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 7/15).