As football fans we’ve all heard it, said it and most likely felt it, and it’s not getting any better. The price of football is on the up again. The BBC’s Price of Football study shows us once again the embarrassing amount being spent to watch often very mediocre football.
There is no denying that £1014 for the cheapest Arsenal season ticket available is extortionate, and even the cheapest season ticket available in the Premier League – £299 to watch the champions Manchester City – is ridiculous when you compare it to the budget season ticket prices of two of the best clubs on the planet, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, at £103 and £110 respectively.
There is plenty to wax lyrical about how the Germans do things better than we do, with the Bundesliga attracting on average 6900 more fans a match than the Premier League and allowing safe standing no doubt contributes to the wild atmospheres that the German fans are famous for.
So why don’t we follow suit? Drop the ticket prices, and bring the game back to the fans and away from the oligarchs and oil men. Well, that could happen if people acted on their frequent whining about the cost, and did something about it.
It’s the free market – supply and demand – so there’s no point in complaining and paying. The Against Modern Football protest signs held up from the stands are very romantic yet somewhat ironic. Why pay to complain about paying? If you don’t want to boycott your beloved football team, don’t complain when business people get you to cough up – that’s their job.
If something is in as high demand as season tickets are, it’s worth the money. Of course we would all much prefer a nationwide reduction of the prices of tickets, but the only way this will realistically happen is through the government, and that holds wider, more serious political implications. If you really love football and still don’t want to pay today’s prices, go to the lower leagues and cheaper teams. That’ll send the message to the FA – and Partick Thistle is a great day out.
[Callum Price – @calprice28]