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Next season, Premier League tickets will cost more

Only Tottenham, Chelsea and Brentford have not raised prices

Next season, Premier League tickets will cost more Only Tottenham, Chelsea and Brentford have not raised prices

The Premier League has increasingly become an international brand, and one consequence that should not be underestimated is the steady rise in tickets for live matches. Two years after the end of the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of all facilities, the public, who have finally returned to supporting their team from the stands to the rhythm of their own chants, are having to cope with another increase in season ticket prices, made all the more significant by inflation and the general rise in the cost of living. Of the 20 teams that will be playing in the Premier League next season, only three have confirmed that they will not be increasing the price of stadium admissions, compared to only six last year.

As a result of these price increases, seven Premier League clubs have now passed the £1,000 mark for their most expensive season tickets, and several clubs have reduced or eliminated some options for concessions. Surprisingly, the most expensive stadium is not one of the Big Six, but the newly refurbished Craven Cottage, where a seat in the Riverside Stand costs up to £3,000. A very high amount, representing a 225% increase on the previous season to watch Fulham from the brand new stand overlooking the Thames. Of course, this choice is already meeting with significant resistance from the most authentic and die-hard fans. To sit in the best seats in the futuristic Tottenham Stadium, you have to pay just over two thousand pounds. The third most expensive season ticket belongs to Arsenal at 1783 pounds to watch the Gunners' entire season at the Emirates.

Surprisingly, the lowest prices can be found at promoted Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton Town, although the latter will not be playing at the famous Kenilworth Road. Brentford, one of the three teams who have not increased the price of their season tickets, are the last to charge less than six hundred pounds. However, the other two, Chelsea and Tottenham, felt that last season's performances did not warrant an increase in the already high ticket prices at Tottenham Stadium and Stamford Bridge. At the same time, clubs are looking at ways to reduce ticket holder absenteeism at the less desirable games in the calendar by setting a number of absentees that cannot be exceeded if the right of first refusal is to be retained for the following year. So, after decades of change, English stadiums are preparing for another big change that will hopefully not deny the unwavering love the British have for the sport they invented.