A brave new world they called it. You’d need a degree of fortitude about you to attend Spurs games this season, and I’m not just talking about some mediocre football that has been inflicted upon supporters in N17’s cashless colossus, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (naming rights still available, phone telephone: 0344 499 5000 and ask for Donna).
The cost of watching most top flight English clubs has reached a point whereby it is now a treat for most ordinary people. The cheapest ticket for a Category A game start at £52 for a full price adult.
The cheapest ticket for a Category C game start at £30 for a full price adult. Of course concessions are available, but they do not make up the bulk of sales.
Indeed, to find their median figures which we specifically discuss here, eToro used full priced adult sales.
Neville is correct, if a little late to the party. Football has become dearer, despite the match attending audiences becoming a smaller and smaller element in the equation.
Most people don’t go to games. Hence, BT Sport and Amazon’s foray onto this gilt-edged marketplace.
What’s included in the numbers? Car and rail travel, merchandise, tickets, in-stadium food and drinks and TV subscriptions. The biggest cost increases being TV subscriptions, merchandise, home tickets and food and beverages.
It’s worth remembering that best endeavours will have been taken to produce these figures, so just because you don’t spend that much per season, that simply establishes that you’re not in the median range.
Some fans travel regularly from outside Great Britain, as I used to, so their costs will eclipse yours.
Kindly note, that the “value for money number” here is for LAST season, and so if Spurs fail to finish as high in the division as they did in 2018/19 then, the value would naturally decrease.
The conclusion is not a complicated one to reach. The positives are there, but this is a potentially dangerous game being played out.
No matter how vocal fans might be about their commitment, all attendances at football matches dwindle when the team is not doing so well.
Being a fan is actually supposed to be fun, whereas spending several hundred pounds to watch a stale team get beaten every other week, is not fun.