Arsenal have announced that ticket prices will rise next season.
In a statement on the official site, they say that a 3% increase will be applied, ‘in line with inflation’. It’s the first change in prices since a 6.5% increase in the summer of 2011.
In 2012 a freeze was announced with Ivan Gazidis saying at the time, “We understand the pressure fans are under in the current economic climate and hope this will go some way to helping them.
“Our season-ticket holders are the heart of our Club and we are recognising their loyalty by holding their ticket prices for next season.
“This is the fourth year out of six that we have held season-ticket prices flat against continuing pressure to keep pace with rising operational and player costs.”
No doubt the club will point to the high profile, high cost purchase of Mesut Ozil, and other inflationary factors, as justification for the price hike.
Other may say that a price rise now, when the club has still struggled to fill the stadium this season despite a marked improvement in the football on offer from a much more exciting team, is misjudged.
That’s not to mention increased revenue from sponsorship and the new record breaking TV deal which kicks in next season.
Season ticket holders will find out the price of their tickets at renewal time, with Club Level renewals beginning in February.