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Irons may be in for rude awakening

By Sean Whetstone

West Ham opened their season ticket renewal window by announcing an increase in capacity to 62,500 at the London Stadium with two new price bands at either end of the scale.

A new West stands 1966 seat will set you back £1,500 while a band 6 seat at the very back of the stadium behind the goals will cost £299 per season. On top of this, the club announced a 5% rise across existing season ticket price bands.

Our club – and most others – have become used to record season ticket renewal rates over the past five years close to or in excess of 90% but that could be coming to an end across the game.

A perfect storm of the cost of living will cause a 30-year record squeeze on families’ disposal income and football is likely to suffer badly as a result.

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Increases in energy bills by over 50%, increase in national insurance, mortgage rate hikes, petrol/ diesel record prices at the pump and the cost of food will surely force some  into giving  up their season ticket as they prioritise heating and food.

The 5%  ticket increase has come at a bad time considering one of the two season’s of price freezes we were locked down and unable to attend games.

It will be interesting to see what the other Premier League clubs do with their renewals but we could see many empty seats next season.

 

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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

6 comments on “Irons may be in for rude awakening

  1. Your right Sean but so glad I wasn’t one who voted for the billionares club of government. Those that voted tory especially working class get what you deserve and forget what the torys stand for and who they support.

  2. People always complain when it Directly affects them
    one of my pals was overjoyed with his seat and the pricing of it and now he has to move to make way for the new 1966 seats he is most annoyed with way the club is operating

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