SURVEY REVEALS MATCHDAY COSTS AT FOOTBALL STADIUMS

Football stadiums across England and Scotland have revealed all in a price survey designed to find out the best value venue.

The BBC Sport survey reviewed every club in the four English divisions and Scottish Premier League. The results show that supporters in the North West have some of the cheapest deals available for matchday tickets and catering.

Clubs submitted their cheapest and most expensive matchday adult tickets, as well as the prices for a cup of tea, a programme, and a pie in order to work out the overall price of a football day experience.

John Nagle, head of communications at the Football League, told BBC: "Football League clubs are working extremely hard to attract the next generation of fans through a variety of innovative marketing initiatives. As a result, crowds in recent seasons have been at their highest levels for 50 years.

"Much of the focus is on improving the matchday experience for supporters, particularly families. This has seen the League introduce a programme of 'mystery shopper' visits to matches in order to assess the experience and the introduction of the Family Excellence Award, to reward those clubs that are offering a particularly outstanding day out."

The most expensive ticket in England and Wales is to see Arsenal in action at the Emirates costing £100. However eight clubs including Blackburn, Watford, Rochdale, Preston, MK Dons, Rotherham, Torquay and Plymouth are offering tickets at £10.

Once again Arsenal are quite literally demanding the biggest slice of the pie by charging a whopping £4 for a pastry, the most at any stadium compared to £1.50 at Scottish side St Johnstone. If you’re looking for a bargain cuppa then get yourself down to Broadfield Stadium, as tea costs only 50p – a great way to warm up to Crawley’s first season in the Football League.

Interestingly, Newcastle United was the only club out of the 104 surveyed who did not reveal the prices at Sportsdirect.com @ St James' Park Stadium.

Posted on 02/08/2011