The costliest season ticket prices available at 10 Premier League clubs have shown a mixed trend over the last five seasons, according to our latest analysis.
We took a look at the costliest season tickets available at Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Everton and Southampton for the 2013/14 season and compared it with the prices of the recently-concluded campaign. With the exception of Newcastle, these clubs were all in the Premier League for each of the past five seasons.
Arsenal, who had the costliest season ticket in the whole of the Premier League last season, at £1,768.5, have actually dropped their prices by almost 10% in the last five years. It was priced at £1,955 in the 2013/14 campaign. The club announced the drop after the 2016/17 season, after failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time under Arsene Wenger’s management.
The second highest increase among these clubs has been seen at Manchester City, who have won two Premier League titles over the period analyzed. The costliest season ticket at the Etihad Stadium has gone from £695 to £920, an increase of 32%. The highest increase of 35% was seen at West Ham United, almost entirely due to move to the Olympic Stadium two years ago, from the Boleyn Ground. A season ticket at The Clarets’ home ground now costs £1,155.
Football ticket prices at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford have stayed exactly the same, with the costliest season tickets costing £1,250 and £950, respectively. There has been an 8% increase at season ticket prices at Anfield, going from £802 to £869 between the 2013/14 and 2017/18 campaigns. Spurs dropped their prices last season at Wembley, compared to what they charged at White Hart Lane five years ago. It remains to be seen what their season tickets are priced at in the new stadium set to be unveiled this season.
However, there have been price drops at Everton, Newcastle and Southampton. Newcastle were relegated in the 2015/16 season, before bouncing back straightaway after winning the Championship. Southampton could drop their prices even further next season, as The Saints head to the second tier of English football.
The following is a graph that shows the costliest season tickets at these ten clubs, both from five years ago and last season.
This trend shows even though transfer prices on players have gone through the roof in the last five years, that inflation cannot really be attributed to rising ticket prices. Clubs are making their money from elsewhere, like TV deals, merchandise sales and contributions from owners. Premier League ticket prices may be the highest across the major European leagues on an average, but that could just be reflective of the higher living costs in the country.
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