Posted on | October 18, 2012 | No Comments
A new study by the BBC has revealed that football fans have to spend more than ever to enjoy the beautiful game in the UK. The study aimed to understand not only the cost for admission to a game, but also other costs such as food and drink.
The average cost of the most affordable adult ticket to a game within the top four divisions rose to £21.24, reflecting an 11.7% YoY increase. The club that frequently appears as the most expensive is Arsenal. The club had not only the most expensive matchday ticket, at £126 but also the most expensive season ticket at £1,955.
Should one not fancy watching the highest top-flight football, there are alternatives that will save you some money. £6 will get you allow you to watch the delights of Montrose, while 50p will even get you a cup of tea at Alloa and Brechin.
It’s not just on matchday tickets and tea which the UK spends most money on football. Football remains the UK’s favourite to sport to bet on, and in 2010 fans bet an incredible £1.03bn on the game. With the study findings, it’s natural that punters will look for better value with betting offers when gambling on football in 2013.
It will be interesting to see the results of the study going forward into 2013/2014. The amount of money being poured into top clubs from TV rights is set to significantly increase. Whether or not this additional money will lower dependencies on fan’s matchday tickets, time will will reveal.