Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Rising ticket prices

An article on the BBC Sport website today compares the cheapest and most expensive ticket prices from all of the 92 football league clubs. As a Gillingham fan I made the conscious decision to stop going to the Priestfield on a regular basis back in 2004 after many many years of frequenting. The latest figures show us as having the most expensive ticket prices in League Two. A fact that wont surprise any fellow Gills followers..

My reasons for lowering my attendance figures however weren't simply down to money. I've always wanted to see a game at all of the 92 grounds so I decided that the time was right to start showing my face at other grounds to see just how much value for money there was at other stadiums. The sad fact of the matter is that there are many stadiums in the championship and even a few in the Premier League that offer cheaper tickets, better football, better facilities and better views. Less money for more quality? That's a no brainer surely?

On one side of the coin it most certainly is. On the other, it's not.

I've read through people's posts saying "just stop going" and "no one forces you to go". These statements are true without a doubt. But our own clubs live deep within our hearts. If you're passionate enough, money doesn't come into it. You'll find a way to pay for your ticket, programme, pie and tea.

It's not a new issue.. It's a very old one simply rearing it's ugly head at a time when we should all be looking forward to a brand new season of the beautiful game.

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