It has been announced that Premier League clubs will introduce a price cap for away tickets from the beginning of the 2016/17 season.
A maximum ticket price of £30 will apply to all away tickets, and the Premier League outlined their reasons for this in a statement (which can be viewed in full here). Speaking specifically about away fans, they said:
They are essential for match atmosphere and stimulate the response from home fans that distinguishes Premier League matches from those of other leagues
- They have additional travel costs and pay individual match prices, as season ticket and other
discounts are not available to them
- Responsibility for them is shared between Clubs and therefore it is right that there is a collective
initiative to help them.
They continued, “At their last meeting (4 February 2016) Clubs unanimously agreed that more should be done to help away fans and, after consideration of a range of options, have now decided to introduce the new £30 maximum price for away tickets.”
For their part, Arsenal have released a statement, saying:
“Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a package of measures designed to help supporters with the cost of attending matches.
“The club has announced that it is freezing all general admission season ticket and match ticket prices for the next two seasons, meaning that general admission prices will be flat for all games at Emirates Stadium until at least 2018/2019.
“The club is also providing a further £4 discount for its away supporters attending Premier League matches, in addition to the £30 cap on away tickets announced by the Premier League.
“This will ensure no Arsenal fans will pay more to support Arsenal at Premier League away games than the lowest priced £26 ticket that both visiting and home fans can pay to watch their teams at Emirates Stadium.
“It means Arsenal fans who travel to every away Premier League match next season will save up to £370 compared to the full adult ticket price.”
Arsenal chairman Ivan Gazidis said, “In terms of the financial support for away fans, we have consistently been strongly in favour of doing more to help and were originally in favour of a Premier League proposal around travel initiatives which would have been even more generous to travelling fans than the £30 cap.
“Once it became clear this would not receive enough support across the Premier League clubs, we supported and directed the funds to the £30 cap plus an additional £4 ticket discount for Arsenal’s away fans.”
So good news, and a nice bit extra from Arsenal, not usually known for their generosity when it comes to ticket prices.
Also, huge kudos to all the fans representative groups and people like the FSF who have been campaigning for this for a long time. Great work.