Premier League season tickets: 11 clubs raise prices for 2022-23
In two years of match disruption through COVID-19, many clubs have praised the loyalty of their supporters and recognized their importance to the matchday experience as the stands were empty.
In turn, many supporters have donated their pro-rata reimbursements for games behind closed doors to charitable foundations at clubs during the lockdown.
However, all of these words about how important fans are to their clubs don’t appear to be backed up by meaningful action when it comes to those same fans looking to renew or buy season tickets for the 2022-23 Premier League season.
With increasing pressure on household budgets, 11 of the 20 Premier League clubs have raised prices.
Most of the increases are modest (less than 5%) and come after a period of intense financial pressure due to the pandemic, when subscription prices were frozen and matchday revenues fell off a cliff.
And the support is higher than ever: there are only six elite teams that don’t have a waiting list for season tickets.
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- Five clubs have crossed the £1,000 mark for their most expensive season ticket, with Tottenham Hotspur offering the most expensive at £2,025.
- The most expensive average adult ticket is £946.50*; the cheapest is £547.
- All clubs offer a funding scheme to spread costs over the year, although some do this through a third party, which incurs additional costs for many.
- Seven clubs no longer automatically offer physical cards or tickets.
Here we look at the price of general admission, non-premium tickets across the league and all the benefits of buying a season ticket for a Premier League club.
*Newcastle United and Chelsea have not yet released 2022-23 prices, so last season’s figures have been used.
Which clubs have increased their prices?
Arsenal (four percent), Aston Villa (10 percent), Crystal Palace (five percent), Everton (10 percent), Fulham (30 percent), Leeds (10 percent) Leicester (five percent) Manchester City (five per cent), Nottingham Forest (five per cent), West Ham (5 per cent) and Wolves (between six and eight per cent) have all increased prices compared to last season – either on average or for the cost of the most expensive adult ticket.
Many of these clubs are keen to point out that they have had price freezes for several years and the increases are modest.
At Wolves, seniors (over 65) saw an increase of around 20% in their ticket price.
Fulham are an outlier. Their 30% increase for the most expensive adult ticket – in the rebuilt Riverside Stand – is significantly higher than any other club. In some corners the price has dropped from £299 to £1000. The club have sold out Craven Cottage season tickets again for their first season in the Premier League.
Who charges the most?
The highest general admission tickets are in North London, with Tottenham’s most expensive adult ticket at £2,025 and Arsenal close behind at £1,839. Their cheapest tickets, at £807 and £926.50 respectively, are also more expensive than any other club.
Southampton (£1,149), Fulham (£1,050) and West Ham (£1,025) break the £1,000 barrier for their most expensive tickets.
Which clubs have the lowest prices?
They are Brentford, with a top prize of £549, while play-off winners Nottingham Forest charge no more than £550. Everton are third, with their most expensive ticket at £625.
Brentford also offer a £74 ticket for children under 11 and seven other Premier League teams offer seats for under-18s for £100 or less. Youth prices at other clubs are much higher though, with the cheapest Under-18 seats costing over £200 at Arsenal (£310.75), Chelsea (£285), Crystal Palace ( £250), Manchester United (£266). ) and Tottenham (£404).
Is there a waiting list?
Most clubs have excess ticket demand relative to their stadium capacity. Palace, Leicester (with a £10 administration fee to join), Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham all have waiting lists – some of them have imposed themselves to make the most of occasional ticket sales.
Arsenal say they have a waiting list of five to 10 years, Aston Villa have around 23,000 waiting, Wolves over 10,000. Manchester United say their waiting list is over 100,000 and are not open only to members. Leeds has over 20,000 people waiting and also charges a £10 administration fee to join.
Everton say their roster has grown to 25,000 in three seasons. There are two tiers and those in the second tier can strengthen their position (moving to tier one) by purchasing an official membership.
Newcastle should have a waiting list when tickets become available.
At Wolves you need to be a member, which costs £38, to be on the waitlist and the same is true at Leicester, who charge no fee.
Tottenham supporters must purchase a One Hotspur+ subscription to be allocated a place on the waiting list, which stands at over 80,000. Adult prices start from £48.
Are there unique offers and what are the benefits?
Yes. Manchester City have introduced a new “silver” season ticket category. This guarantees a seat for 14 Premier League home games (this excludes Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham).
They are available to supporters who purchased a subscription in 2021-22, with limited availability.
The most expensive adult ticket is £565, the cheapest being £205. A “gold value” option secures a seat for £299, but the club allocates the seat after the renewal period ends.
Brighton tickets allow free travel on public transport in certain areas on match days, while Southampton offer a discount on a women’s season ticket.
Palace has set up a “Season Ticket+” option. It costs an extra £50 but allows you to transfer or resell your ticket to selected members, comes with a free junior shirt (if you upgrade with a junior ticket), access to Palace TV (worth £32 £.99 per season) and other minor perks.
Everton are offering free entry to Women’s Super League and Under-23 home matches, as well as live streams of select academy games and matchday audio commentary. Fulham are also offering free entry to home academy fixtures.
Chelsea’s new owners have waived the £2 ticket booking fee after consulting with board fan advisers.
Brentford also offer a ticket exchange option, as do West Ham, Manchester City, Brighton, Chelsea and Palace with their “Season Ticket+” options.
Most clubs have some form of loyalty scheme, where supporters receive first refusal on away tickets according to their points level, which is normally based on the number and type of matches they have attended .
Are cutting sets included?
Arsenal’s subscriptions cover 26 matches, including the first seven Europa League and FA Cup home matches. The FA Cup third round defeat and the absence of European football last season meant credits were applied to this year’s tickets.
Fulham supporters can opt for a home cup program where they automatically receive tickets to these matches. A similar system operates in Leicester.
Wolves are offering free entry to Under-23 home games and supporters can resell individual home game tickets for 80% of the ticket value.
In Southampton, a discounted price window is available for season ticket holders wishing to attend cup matches, subject to opposition approval, making it cheaper than for occasional supporters.
Manchester City offer three cup schemes: priority for domestic and European competition finals, a guaranteed price cap of £25 for all domestic cup home matches up to and including the quarter-finals, and 300 ticket points to join the three programs (600 for “Platinum” ticket holders).
Manchester United allows fans to participate in competitions when purchasing their season ticket or purchasing a Premier League-only ticket.
Tottenham supporters can opt for the “Automatic Cup Ticket Scheme”, which guarantees a ticket to all home cup competitions for domestic and European matches. They are charged for each home cup encounter and those who have chosen to participate commit to purchasing a ticket, although this can be transferred to friends and family.
Most clubs give first refusal on cup tickets to season ticket holders.
Can I pay by direct debit or through a financing option?
Each club offers this facility. Many use a third-party company – V12 Retail Finance – to provide it.
West Ham’s arrangement with V12 involves an administration fee of between £23 and £34, Tottenham is 8.6% APR, Nottingham Forest charges 16.74% APR, Liverpool 9.21% APR and Arsenal between 2 .95% and 3.95% interest.
Chelsea have yet to release details of their season ticket, but last season they used V12 with a 3.75% administration fee. Aston Villa’s arrangement does not involve any costs. Everton is 10.3% APR through Premium Credit Ltd.
Wolves no longer charge a £20 fee for direct debit payments and have increased the repayment period from six to nine months.
Other club funding options are managed internally.
A spokesman for the Football Fans’ Association said Athleticism“It’s understandable that clubs want to recoup the cost of administering finance, but that should never become an excuse to make a profit – the costs must be affordable for supporters.”
What about a season pass? Or will I have to go digital?
Last season guidelines were issued saying clubs were ‘encouraged’ to move to a ‘digital-first’ ticketing platform. This policy of using Near Field Communication (NFC) tickets ran into problems getting started in the early weeks of the season in particular, with large queues outside Selhurst Park, London Stadium , Anfield, St Mary’s and Turf Moor.
West Ham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Leeds, Brighton and Palace no longer offer physical cards by default. For those who do not have access to a smartphone, alternatives are offered if supporters contact the clubs directly. At Palace, seniors have the choice between a card or a digital ticket to download to their electronic wallet.
“The Premier League has also reassured us that its clubs will always provide options for supporters who are unable to use digital tickets or who do not have access to mobile devices,” a doorman said. word of the FSA.
“If you are a supporter in this situation, your club’s supporter liaison officer will help you.”
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