Survey: English ticket prices increase further

Associated Press Modified: October 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012

LONDON (AP) — The cheapest tickets in English football's top four divisions have increased by an average of 11.7 percent since last season; more than five times the rate of inflation.

The BBC survey revealed on Thursday the average price of the cheapest match ticket in the Premier League has increased from 24.87 pounds last year to 28.30 pounds ($40.10 to $45.60) this year, an increase of nearly 14 percent. This was in stark contrast to the Consumer Price Index, one measure of inflation in Britain, which stood at 2.2 percent in September.

The survey also looked at other costs associated with watching a football match.

Newcastle United offered the best overall value in the Premier League for a day out, charging 23 pounds for a ticket, a programme, a pie and a cup of tea. Of the 166 clubs in England and Scotland, only 38 offered a similar package for less than 20 pounds, 21 of those from Scotland despite just 42 Scottish clubs being studied.

Arsenal continued to charge their fans the most. Their most expensive season ticket costs 1,955 pounds, and the most expensive match ticket was 126 pounds. Their cheapest season ticket for Emirates Stadium costs 985 pounds, far more expensive than Wigan and Manchester City who charged 255 pounds and 275 pounds respectively. Wigan's most expensive season ticket was 310 pounds, which was just over 16 pounds for the 19 Premier League games it gives you access to.

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