Slav backs affordable ticket prices

bilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic has weighed into the debate about ticket pricing after fan protests at Liverpool forced their owners to have a rethink on their pricing strategy.

Slaven told reporters “It is business. Football clubs are business. On the one hand I can understand it, on the other I saw a great picture in the paper of a lady at Anfield with a banner that said ‘I am not a customer, I am a fan’ That is brilliant. “It is like everything in life, you should find the right balance. We are getting a lot of money from TV rights, from this that and the other, so the tickets should be at a good price for the fans. Football is not polo, it is not golf, it is not a sport for the upper class. Football is the most popular sport in the world. It should be affordable.”

bilicIf you go to shop and you want to buy caviar or champagne it costs and there is nothing wrong with that, but bread and milk should be cheap and they are. So in my opinion it should be the same with the price of tickets. “We are a good example because the board and the club are progressing really well with prices for next season. We are going to have the cheapest season tickets, cheap youth tickets and still we are trying. We need money, but not from the ticket sales.”

bilicsmiles“It was also a better atmosphere with terracing, but the people who said no more terracing did it for a reason, because it became unsecure. They kept in Germany because of the tradition and it is different if you look at the Dortmund stand or the Hamburg stand, or Gladbach or whoever. Maybe it is a good idea, but only if it is safe. You should keep the fans happy, not only with the quality of the game, but with the pricing of the tickets. Some people will say if you want to go and see a film like Les Miserables, you have to pay, but this is not Les Miserables this is football and it is for everybody.”


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “Slav backs affordable ticket prices

  1. I love this guy. He should get a job on the board when he gives up management in a very long time after great success with us.

  2. New stadium
    New manager
    New team
    Let’s lead the way and get behind Slav and the 2 Daves to bring Affordable tickets to the masses
    No one needs to be greedy there is so much new money coming in through TV
    But agree Slav brings fresh air to our club he is turning out better then we expected
    This season should bring down the curtain on the bad days under Hippo and before the 2 Daves arrived

  3. Yep, just gotta love this feller….

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