The average price of a ticket across England’s top four divisions has risen almost double the rise in living costs of the country in three years, according to the BBC.
Out of the 207 clubs involved in the study it was found the cheapest match day ticket from the Premier League to League Two was an average £21.49.
While this may not sound much it is actually a whopping 13% rise since 2011, while the cost of living has only risen by 6.8% – that’s roughly a 4.4% rise on prices a year.
The average cheapest season ticket in the top flight has also risen by 8.7% since 2012 from £467.95 to £508.55.
Just two months after fans marched in London at protest of growing ticket prices the BBC’s findings will not sit well across the country, and after clubs raked in a 3.1bn television windfall – 70% higher than last year’s package, critics state that prices should have come down not risen.
Match day revenue in England’s top division rose by 6% last season to £585m too.
The Football Supporters’ Federation had called for clubs to cut their prices and use the new TV deal to make up for the difference, saying that clubs could afford to knock approximately £30 off ticket prices and still generate the same revenue.
But top clubs are pointing to packed out stadiums as proof that they have got their prices right – and the statistics do back this.
Premier League attendances rose to an average of 36,695 while the Football League increased by 136,000, and only the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga now boast more fans through turnstiles than the Championship – the league now has a total audience of 9.1m and average attendance of over 16,500 per match.
To see the full findings and who charges the highest prices visit the BBC website.
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