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The Great Arsenal Ticket Rip Off

The Great Arsenal Ticket Rip Off

With the release of the ticket prices for the 2006/07 season, it is clear once again that in order to keep this club great, it's the average fan who has to suffer.

Gone have the days when the working class fan could attend all the home games with his kids in tow and still have enough money to buy them all a burger.

The massive salaries that the players of today earn have inflated the price of a match ticket to astronomical highs. However it seems to be the Ashburton faithful who will suffer the most.

Arsenal's top ticket price has been revealed at a staggering £94 for one solitary match, an unbeleivable £60 HIGHER than Liverpool FC's most expensive ticket. High cost of living in the south would explain a small increase in prices but a 60 quid difference is just plain obsurd.

So we need to ask the question, why?

When an Arsenal spokes person was posed the question, the simple reply was,

'We are very comfortable with our pricing'

Well I bet they are, all sat on their big fat arses raking it in. If they ticket price were so steep to help with the finiacial burden of our spanking new stadium, why not just say? Simple, because that has nothing to do with it. It appears to me that these hikes are nothing more than fat cat greed that is ruining today's game.

So what can we do to remedy this?

There is no solution. Arsenal's fan base is so huge that as mass boycott would ultimately fail because there are literally hundred's of thousands of Gooners who very rarely get to games due to the high demand of tickets, for every fan with a ticket there are another 20 without. The stadium would easily be filled.

As long as Arsenal continue to be a successful team, there will always be hangers on who use their attendance of matches as some kind of status symbol to brag to their friends and business partners about, and as long as we have these hangers on, the stadium will always be full and the board will always have a reason to keep the prices high.

The question is, which would you prefer?

A successful team, winning trophies and playing football that is recognised as some of the most awesome around the world with out of this world ticket prices?

Or

A mediocre team playing the George Graham style boring football and cheap ticket prices?

It's a funny old game eh!!

Top Tickets Prices in the PL:-

Arsenal - £94
Spurs - £71
Chelsea - £60
West Ham - £57
Newcastle - £50
Fulham - £45
Reading - £41
Middlesboro - £40
Blackburn - £39
Bolton - £39
Man Utd - £39
Man City - £38
Everton - £37
Aston Villa - £35
Charlton - £35
Wigan - £35
Watford - £35
Liverpool - £34
Sheffield U - £34
Portsmouth - £30

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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Saturday August 12 2006
Time: 3:43PM

Comments

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if i can get a ticket for a game i'll pay that price, but u can neva get a bloomin ticket. u ave to be a member or something. if anyone knows how let me kno...
protocal
12/08/2006 15:51:00
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Proves my point exactly!!!
Rocky7
12/08/2006 15:54:00
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wat that its near impossible to get a ticket...
protocal
12/08/2006 15:56:00
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That and also we fans couldnt campaign to get the ticket prices lowered because for every fan who gave up his ticket there are more than a few replacements. Good for the club and its future, bad for the fans pocket.
Rocky7
12/08/2006 16:02:00
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It was my impression that the NUMBER of lower priced tickets has stayed constant from Highbury?
obomba
12/08/2006 16:12:00
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Their expliantion for that is that the best seats at Highbury are not the equivolent to the best seats at Ashburton. Also they said there would be a price freeze but the cheapest ticket is now 32 quid when it was 30 quid last season.
Rocky7
12/08/2006 16:15:00
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I go to every game home and away and I feel a lot of resentment towards the club over this. They are no better than a heroin dealer, using my addiction to meet their own ends. It's been a long time since I've bought any club merchandise and I've foregone the chance to see Brazil Argentina cos I refuse to gratify the clubs pricing policy for an international friendly. In the end, when football's bubble bursts and the club desperately try to fill the 60,000 stadium they'll come running back to us. All they are doing long term is alienating future generations and in twenty years no one will watch games. The average 16 year old can't afford to go with his mates and so the club are producing a generation of kids who will havr no desire to watch football live. I could only start going when I was 16 cos that's when I could get a part time job to pay for tickets, prior to that I could only go once or twice a year.
Little Dutch
12/08/2006 16:17:00
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you cant compare club level seats with normall half way line seats at Anfield. different level of luxury and yes of course we need to pay for the stadium. without club level we may not have moved homes at all. also last season at highbuy normal tickets were exchanging hands for A LOT more than £94 from touts. this season touts will have a hard time so at least that is the real top price. I read that touts at chelsea are a real problem now.
gazzap
12/08/2006 16:21:00
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Tout aren't a problem at Chelski cos they don't sell out every game. When we played them at the Bodge last August they only sold out the day of the game. If you've ever bought the evening standard you'll see how desperate they are to prostitute tickets.
Little Dutch
12/08/2006 16:29:00
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Thats the whole point GP, fans at our club very rarely get tickets so when the chance arises people are willing to pay the earth to get to a game. The club know this and as such they decide to hike the prices, its a catch 22.
Rocky7
12/08/2006 16:37:00
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