Club announces ticket price rise

Club announces ticket price rise

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.

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      • I was so tempted to write something silly like “Theo Boycott” or something, since I’m so clever and all. Then again, one cannot be clever and just write jokes and stuff without a little serious stuff:
        Considering the fact that I live in Norway and therefore haven’t ever been to an Arsenal match so far in my life, I’d guess that a 3 per cent increase in ticket price would be so much considering travelling costs etc., but I acknowledge the fact that the frequently match-going fans won’t be too pleased by this.

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  1. I get the feeling that they must not be too confident of a win against City or this announcement would have been held off for now!

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    • Apparently our cheapest is £985 and most expensive is £1955. I’m West Stand Upper (far back), about level with the box, and mine is about £1150. I’d be curious to see a whole map, though.

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      • £1150 is about what I have to pay for one single match, if you add in the airfare, hotel, meals, beer, and souvenirs as well as the ticket. Count your blessings! I’d love to live in the same city as Arsenal!

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  2. As an Irish gooner, its hard enough to afford to go over with the current ticket prices for Grade A fixtures, never mind another increase.. However, if we produce silverware and/or a decent title challenge I won’t complain much!

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    • As an Irish gooner, its hard enough to afford to go over with the current ticket prices for Grade A/B fixtures, never mind another increase.. Usually can afford two games a season. However, if we produce silverware and/or a decent title challenge I won’t complain.

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      • My work day is long and when I find myself with no news on arseblog and no new blogs at 7amkicokff I end up checking out le-grove in the same way I look at crazy right wing news sites for perspective.

        After reading all the negative comments over here about that site I find the blogger there much more acceptable than I would’ve thought. Granted there are plenty of people who make comments which are far too reactionary than I would like, I find that happens here too. Le grove isn’t as anti wenger and awful as you all seem to put it. It’s a different perspective but not one I detest at all. Very often I find myself agreeing with many points he makes.

        I think the automatic hate and distrust of him is just reactionary, kind of a blind hate of things he might have written in the past, rather than an honest analysis of his posts.

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        • How long have you been reading it for? If you read it at any point over the summer you’d have a different perspective. Our success have silenced many of the ‘fans’ over there.

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  3. so for a match-day ticket it would be an extra 4-6 quid more, and 20-30 quid for a season ticket. Its hardly highway robbery when you consider the increase in prices of things like Fifa/Football Manager, how much you pay for your smartphone, how much you paid for your flatscreen tv, or how much you pay every day for starbucks/McDonalds, or a night on the piss.

    It sucks that they increase the prices, don’t get me wrong, but if it means i could keep my ST (If i was lucky enough to have one), then i would do it in a heartbeat…

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  4. Problem is they haven’t struggled to fill the stadium, we’ve just struggled to attract our season ticket holders to every game, very odd decision especially as the club is about were told to roll in the cash Puma etc.

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  5. Wish the season ticket holders that can’t be bothered to turn up to every game would come on here and offer us poorer gunners the chance to go see a game – for a reasonable price obviously lol

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    • This, I would love to be able to see my first game live if only I could get a ticket, even though the total cost for me and my girlfriend would be over 500 without all the local expenses.

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  6. Not that big of a deal. The demand for Arsenal tickets is still very high and will only get higher once the club starts winning things. However, I do hope that we can incorporate some safe standing and not have to raise prices anymore.

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  7. Thankfully I still have another season and a half of my Cannon Club membership, so that my prices won’t go above 26/7 pounds. I shall make the most of it, before having to pay the (sometimes ridiculous) full prices

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  8. Hike in ticket prices! European football moving to BT Sport! Flamini slammed for wearing short sleeves! Lunch time kick off! This fucking country has gone right down the fucking shitter. Next they’ll want us to roll over and shit Mars Bars.

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  9. Cynical timing to announce this now. Do you they think being top of the league will softening the blow?

    Only problem is wages haven’t kept up with inflation… except footballers’ wages, which have exceeded inflation.

    Do you they think being top of the league will softening the blow?

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  10. ok, real terms, its not a big increase, so fair enough, yes ok our seats cost more than most already, but hell we gotta get the money from somewhere and were not getting a fat oli baron pumping in untold billions and so fair play, HOWEVER i do feel it is perhaps slightly cynical announcing it at a time when we are doing well and before the city n chelsea games, fair enough though, i can live with that BUT i wonder, what will this do to our Jan transfer capabilities? assuming £4 x 60,000 £240,000 a season (yes assumes every1 is on a day ticket and working at the £4 not the £6 increase ( figures supplied by Welshman, thanks) but all together a bit of a none news story.

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    • That’s £240,000 per game, not for a whole season. Counting the Cup matches and assuming we go a reasonable distance in the Cups, it’s about £6.5M in increased revenue. Or, somewhere around one seventh of an Ozil.

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  11. Nonsense we’ve struggled to fill it. I’ve managed to sell any ticket I wanted on the exchange inside 30 mins. I’m not happy about the rise but at least it isn’t above inflation. They should freeze it the following season.

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  12. I have a season ticket in the North Bank. According to my trusty calculator, it’s going to go up from £985 to £1015. That’s £30, or a little over £1 per match. I hate the idea of any price rises, especially with our season tickets being as expensive as they are, as this will just give the media another stick to hit the club with. But it’s an extra £1 per match to see The Arsenal. I’m not going to be cancelling my tickets over it.

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  13. It may be “in line with inflation”, but it most definitely is NOT “in line” with most people’s salary increase (if they actually had one). Still, at least more merchant bankers, hedge fund managers, venture capitalists, top bankers etc will be able to attend the games.

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  14. hopefully we wont lose to shitty or chelski after this announcemnet because the hate will be back were its subsided because of our position. my red membership went up and it aint given me any more access to games, i would rather have an option not to receive the membership packs and pay £5 less, i think there very tatty and a pile of shite…………….

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  15. Surely, the club should introduce performance-related ticket prices.

    If we win the League then a 5% increase would be justified; but another season without a trophy would merit a reduction in the cost of ground entry. Player contracts would be accordingly reduced to cover the shortfall in the club’s income.

    So now both the players and the fans would fairly rewarded for the club’s achievements – or lack of them.

    Sounds fair to me.

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  16. I miss that crazy Sir Balls guy. I miss someone to vent on. I’m sure he’d have had some nonsensical comment to make about this

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  17. I really wonder if those 3% is worth alle the negativity and shit they’re getting now. Fans hate it and the media loves writing about it.

    A few £ > bad pr and unhappy fans ?

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  18. Josh Kroenke gets appointed to the Board and within days ticket prices increase.This despite the largest TV deal in history,bumper new sponsorship and kit deals, and millions sat in the bank while Giroud is flogged to death due to the inability to buy a striker in the summer.Don’t be taken in by talk of paying for Ozil or keeping up with City or Chelsea;there is nothing stopping OUR billionaires putting money into the club (one even wants to but is not allowed)Instead the fans pay the price AGAIN.This will lead to more genuine fans being priced out and replaced by those who can’t be bothered to attend matches,resulting in yet more empty seats and abysmal atmosphere at the Grove.How cynical to announce it whilst we are top of the League.Well the club had better watch out when the wheels fall off as they will inevitably do when Wenger fails to make the necessary additions in January.Maybe it would be a better idea to get rid of those players that contribute zero to the team like Park,Diaby,Frimpong,Miyachi and Bendtner if the club is struggling to pay the gas and leccy.And to think supporters coo over what a good owner Kroenke is,how he doesn’t take money out of the club and is a “fan” too.How much have ticket prices gone up since 2007,when he first became involved? At least he hasn’t changed our name.Yet.

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    • I really hate the thumbs up and down option. So many comments end up containing things I agree with, then a bunch I don’t agree with and I don’t have the time to comment on each one.

      Your comment, for example, the first lot of things I’m like ‘yeah, he’S right’, but then I’M like no you’re so full of shit and assumptions it’s painful. fuck.

      I enjoyed it when for a day or two (if that) this site went without thumbs up or down. without this black and white you’re with us or against us nonsense. The world doesn’t fucking work like this. No opinion is black and what or thumbs up and down. Life and viewpoints are in fucking 3d at least goddamnit! There is no left and right, it was just a misfortunate seating arrangement.

      whatever, let’s beat the fuck out of citeh.

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        • Nice drunken rant though, ‘drink’ – and still just about coherent enough! You are correct about the nature of the thumbs up / down. I have the same issue with the “was this review helpful / unhelpful” on Amazon’s reviews page, which seems to be more about feeding and reinforcing people’s existing views & opinions, and massaging egos. Whatever you do , don’t challenge people’s preconceptions or make them think!

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  19. As a “tourist fan” I get that my opinion doesn’t really matter since I’m (involuntary) a part of the problem but this really, really, truly sucks balls.

    A football club should always be a football CLUB, first and foremost. Obviously, the commercialization of football has changed the way the football-boards do business but it should still really be all about the players and the supporters. The players are playing for the supporters and the supporters are supporting the players. It’s like a circle of football-life. Sure, getting a few international businessmen to rent a VIP suite brings a lot of cash but in the long run it has to be better for everyone to keep football at the peoples level.

    When I was 17, i went to Highbury with two friends around christmas, we beat the Wolves 3-0, Henry scored a brace, and it was EASILY the best fucking day of my life. And I could still afford the plane ticket back to Sweden! I was already a Gunner obviously but that day made me a I’ll-feel-bad-for-a-week-if-we-lose type of Gunner, and I can’t help but to feel like that’s more valuable to a club than some Chinese (or whatever) banker who is there for one day. I mean, I’m gonna be with the Gunners for the rest of my entire life. Apply that to a Londoner and you have years and years of season tickets already sold. I’ll bet anyone anything that every single one in our squad would rather have a bunch of half-drunk working-class Londoners in the stands yelling, singing and feeling with the team than a bunch of rich, quiet, waiting-to-be-entertained brats.

    Sorry for wall of text and lame seriousness but my local club in Sweden are doing the same thing and.. fuck it.. I’m just mad as hell.

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  20. it wll make the club more profitable which will bring better players

    nothing will change cause we didnt get a bigger stadium and the waiting list is so high this leaves only one optio n which is to higher the prices

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  21. Poor timing again old chaps.

    Should have done it earlier or waited till we actually delivered one decent result from 4 test ( 3 of which we have thus far failed)

    Ticket price rise? you are having a laugh.

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  22. From a Canadian: It’s still a crapload cheaper than a Toronto Maple Leafs game. And they suck dead donkey ass. Wish I lived over there…..sniff……

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