Premier League football: is it still too expensive for the ordinary supporter?



Premier League football: is it still too expensive for the ordinary supporter?

Premier League football is back, and itís still as popular as ever - but is it too expensive for the ordinary fan at a time of reduced circumstances for many? 

After all, a season ticket for the football can be one of the single largest purchases you can make in a year, and managing your finances is important so as to ensure youíre in the best position to pay for it.

The countryís leading clubs may have plenty more money now thanks to the latest TV deal, but a survey from Sporting Intelligence shows that no fewer than 13 of the 20 top-flight clubs have raised their season ticket prices this season, with the average season ticket now at £870, an increase of 7 per cent since 2013-14.

However, there is a sizeable variation of ticket prices that reflects both demand and the need to address falling attendances in a tough economic climate.

The cheapest season ticket (for adults) in the Barclays Premier League, perhaps surprisingly, is at the current champions Manchester City, at just £299 ñ an average of just over £15 per home league game and a price freeze since last season.
Of course, like every club, City will have season tickets of variable costs, depending on the type of seat and how early it is bought. Next cheapest are three clubs in the midlands ñ Aston Villa (£335), West Bromwich Albion (£349) and new arrivals Leicester City (£365).

At the other end of the scale, even the cheapest season ticket at Arsenal would set you back £1,014 ñ a figure more expensive than all but two of the other lowest-priced tickets - with the most expensive one there an eye-watering £2,013.

If you want to see a one-off game, the most expensive match-day ticket is also at Arsenal, where a category A adult match-day ticket can cost up to £127, though their cheapest ticket however is a relatively average £26. Watching Chelsea at home however will cost supporters a minimum of £41 for a one-off game.

On the bright side, no club has a cheaper match-day ticket than Leicester City, at £15, and even at title contenders Liverpool you can see a match for only £19. And two clubs ñ Newcastle and Sunderland ñ have actually lowered their season ticket prices.

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