The price of glory

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The Premier League season is coming to an end and the all-inspiring Leicester City team have looked to have won their first League championship. Supporters around the country are ecstatic and with the financial package of £5.14 billion arriving next season, clubs are in an even more elated mood.

With that said fans across the country are outraged at the over-priced tickets despite this windfall. Leicester City’s final home game of the season is being priced at more than £15,000. With the average hourly wage still at £7.40, which fans will be able to afford this?

Arsenal fans have to pay £2,039 just for a season ticket without including beverages and food. These prices are seen as the standard for the top English football teams, despite them accumulating millions of pounds in commercial revenue and broadcasting rights.

“This is my last season as a season ticket holder, these prices have become far too much to afford, “said 37 year old Arsenal fan Ken Mason.

“I have to pay for these overpriced shirts, food and but yet I cannot afford to pay my rent.”

The public understand that Leicester City winning their first ever league championship is a momentous achievement, but as a fan is it worth £15,000? Their players are averaging £35,000 a week.

“We understand that Leicester are top but Tottenham will do all it can to fight to the end on the field and off the field, “said Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust chairman Darren Howlett.

“We will make tickets prices affordable to our loyal supporters without dropping our revenue and commercial numbers.”

Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham are currently second in the Premier League and are one of the few Premier League clubs that have affordable ticketing, beverages and food. They have shown that it’s possible to run a business in this way.

If these prices continue to rise then the Premier League and FA will have to intervene on behalf of the fans. There is a substantial amount to pay every season excluding the tickets, so the danger is attendances will decrease and the sheer joy for the game will disappear.

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