Date:Thursday January 18 2007
Over the past few days a bitter argument has ensued between Arsenal & Tottenham over the ticket allocation for the forth coming Carling cup semi final between the two clubs.
This issue has now been resolved by the football league. However, upon it's completion, the investigation also brought something very interesting, and indeed disturbing to light.
Tottenham also complained about our ticket pricing for this fixture.
In a time when football matches are ridiculously over priced, so much so that going to football has become more of a treat than a hobby, it's only fair that people have a moan and a mutter about ticket prices being too high.
Unfortunately, Spurs were moaning that the prices were too low!!!
Arsenal have a very nice tradition of slashing ticket prices for Carling cup fixtures as the club can't ensure that the first team will be playing (as they usually aint) and that more families can get to games, and as such boost the fan base of the club.
I wondered to myself what Spurs were doing complaining about the prices of our tickets, when I was then informed that Spurs will receive a whopping 45% of the gate receipts.
However, Arsenal plea to the league prevailed and the traditional 'cheaper ticket prices' will remain.
The clubs official statement.
"The Club submitted documentation to the Football League in relation to the ticket pricing policy for the Carling Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium. In line with our Carling Cup ticketing policy, where pricing is significantly reduced, the Club proposed that all tickets within the stadium would be priced at £40 in the upper tier and £30 in the lower tier, together with concessions for children and OAPs for all areas of the stadium, including the away section.
"The two clubs did not agree on this policy and the Football League ruled that we had to implement our Category B pricing structure whereby tickets cost between £32 and £66. The Club reluctantly accepted this judgment but appealed that concessions were to be made available in all areas of the ground. We are therefore pleased that the Football League has reviewed its decision to activate concessions throughout the stadium as it will make the match more affordable for families to attend."
Indeed the greed of Spurs is that bad that they are charging 39 quid per ticket for travelling Gooners, FOR A CARLING CUP MATCH!!!
I wonder how much the home fans will be paying?!
Edit: The ticket prices will not be the traditional League Cup prices, but at catergory B prices, which are cheaper than the catergory A that matches against Spurs have now been priced at. But not cheap enough eh!
Date:Thursday January 18 2007
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