Arsenal have announced a freeze in ticket prices for the 2013/14 season. In a statement released today, the club said:
Arsenal Football Club has announced it will not be making any ticket price increases next season. The move follows a full review by the Arsenal Board which included an assessment of the current economic environment and feedback from fans’ groups.
The price freeze means Arsenal will have made only two across the board inflation-linked price increases in the eight years since it has been at Emirates Stadium.
This season the Club introduced new pricing categories which created 90,000 cheaper tickets at £25 as part of its drive to provide more tickets at affordable prices. In addition it continued the policy of offering prices at £10 for adults and £5 for children for home Capital One Cup ties.
The price freeze applies to all match ticket prices including season tickets in both General Admission and Club Level. Club Level season ticket renewals will begin on February 12.
The move follows recent discussion and debate about ticket prices after Manchester City fans declared Arsenal’s £62 expensive a week before Arsenal fans paid £60 to watch their team at Stamford Bridge.
The more cynical amongst us will say the timing of the announcement, close to the end of a transfer window in which we’ve failed to spend any money, is not accidental, but at least there’s some recognition that fans are being pushed as far as they can go.
The raft of available tickets for tomorrow night’s Category A game against Liverpool compared to the very limited number for Category B game against Stoke suggests that, perhaps, the structure of games might need to be addressed also.