It is that time of year where many Premier League clubs announce their season ticket renewal prices for next season. This week Manchester United confirmed that ticket prices for the 2017-18 campaign will be frozen for the sixth consecutive year and the seventh time in eight years. A 25 percent reduction will be applied to home fixtures in the EFL Cup, and there will be no booking fees on any product.
In March last year Arsenal announced a two season price freeze running until at least the 2018/19 season, meaning nine of 13 years at the Emirates will see prices remain static.
However, Arsenal Supporters Trust (AST) have written to the club reminding them of their commitment to freeze all general admission pricing after their decision to raise the price of top-tier seats at the Emirates. Arsenal wrote to Platinum members this month announcing a three per cent price increase in their membership, prices for which had been kept flat for two seasons.
With the new Premier League deal worth £5.14-billion with BT and Sky for television rights many supporters are calling on all Premier League clubs to pledge to freeze season ticket prices and general admission prices for the life of the new TV deal.
We agree with that stance and today call on the West Ham board to make a pledge to freeze season ticket prices for the next two seasons.
I think there should also be a rethink about the £99 kids seats.
There are such a large number of empty seats available every game, surely the club with its vast array of technical know how can work out which are empty most weeks and just upgraded for a few so called big games at sell on profit.
I am all for encouraging young fans and families to attend and also to make it affordable for them but having unused empty seats surely defeats the objective.
I don’t care. Not renewing.
Arsenal were thinking about a system where you have your season ticket revoked and resold for general admission if you don’t attend five games in a row. Obviously they write to the season ticket holders and warn them. If someone has a long term illness or other reason they they hold the seat for them.
On average 5,000 season ticket holders are missing from the Emirates each game in the same way many are missing from the London Stadium league games.