SURVEY REFLECTS THE DEMAND FOR LOWER-PRICED FOOTBALL TICKETS; SOUTH YORKSHIRE OF THE SAME VIEW
According to a recent survey, football enthusiasts in South Yorkshire have demanded lower prices for following their favorite sport, showing how pricey football following has become.
The ‘Price of Football’ 2014 study reflects that, on average, the price of the cheapest match-day ticket has gone up by almost 13 % in the recent year as compared to a 6.81 % increase in the price of living during the same interval.
In North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, the admirers of new Rotherham United have to pay the highest cost this season. Even the Millers’ cheapest ticket this season has a higher cost than the Championship’s average. What’s more, fans are expected to pay only £360 at most for Sheffield United and Chesterfield.
On the other hand, Owls lovers benefit from the cheapest low-end match-day tickets in professional football. The same is the rate for Derby County, £10.
As for the high-end tickets and high-end season tickets, it has the highest rate than any South Yorkshire club, with tickets priced at £32 and £590, respectively.
In South Yorkshire, the followers of League One side Barnsley have the benefit of the cheapest tickets this season at the rate of £270, which is followed by Doncaster Rovers, at £300.
A 23-year-old United fan Ash Barkworth, who is from Chapeltown, said: “I’ve never considered it particularly expensive, except for food, which is overpriced in the ground. So, I never buy anything there.”
Moreover, where the general opinion of the football addicts was that prices are getting higher, some also believed that since United is the biggest club in the division and has the greatest fan following; therefore, the tickets were bound to be expensive.
Kevin Cookson, the spokesman for United, believed that they strived hard in order to give United lovers value for their money and that they have the highest attendances in League One.
Meanwhile, Rotherham United refused to give statement.