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As the new football season approaches, many fans may be interested with the big transfers making the headlines whilst perhaps keeping an eye the new financial fair play regulations.

However what will concern fans most is the cost of their season tickets which seem to rise year on year.

Barclays Premier LeagueHere’s a comparison of all twenty Premier League clubs’ season ticket prices for the forthcoming 2012/13 season.

We were surprised by the broad spectrum of prices across the clubs. Despite the widely held opinion of overpriced tickets in the Premier League there are actually some real bargains to be found for the lucky fans of a few of the clubs.

Arsenal

Adult season ticket prices £985.00 – £1955.00 (Frozen 2011-12 prices)

Arsenal have regularly come under criticism for pricing their long suffering football fans out of matches. To make it up to season ticket holders, who have had to wait seven years without a trophy, they have frozen prices this year. The rate of £985.00 – £1955.00 also includes seven cup matches at the Emirates Stadium. Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal’s chief executive, said: “We understand the pressures fans are under in the current economic climate and hope this will go some way to helping them.”

Aston Villa

Adult season ticket prices £325.00 – £595.00

Villa are battling against low attendances and poor performances which means that they have frozen Villa Park season ticket prices, but only for those who purchase before June 1. There are massive reductions on family tickets for two adults and two under 16s, from £405.00 to £695.00.

Chelsea

Adult season ticket prices £595.00 – £1,250.00 (Frozen 2011-12 prices)

The new champions have cut the cost of attending next season Champion’s League, for which they automatically qualify. At the same time they announced a price freeze on all domestic matches at Stamford Bridge. Ron Gourlay, Chelsea’s chief executive, said: “This is the right approach to take in the current economic conditions”.

Everton

Adult season ticket prices £443.00 – £672.00

Everton have increased their season ticket prices. Although there were some cheaper tickets available during the early bird period, season ticket prices are now up by 3% to £443.00 – £672.00 at Goodison Park. There is however a nifty £95.00 Junior season ticket for youngsters.

Fulham

Adult season ticket prices £399.00 – £909.00

Season tickets are a complicated affair at Craven Cottage. 295 entry level adult seats have risen from £329.00 to £399.00. Fulham have regraded a further 2,713 seats to entry level – 1,550 of them will be £20.00 lower, 700 are frozen and the other 463 are up by £30.00. Make of that what you will!

Liverpool

Adult season ticket prices £725.00 – £780.00 (Frozen 2011-12 prices)

The economic climate, and the poor performance of the team, mean Liverpool have frozen their season ticket prices. Attendances are up by 3.5% on last year so this is at least one bonus for the Anfield hierarchy. Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s managing director, said: “Having reviewed the current UK economic climate and our up and down team performance, we felt it important to flatten prices despite UK inflation being around 3.5%”.

Manchester City

Adult season ticket prices £275.00 – £745.00

With massive financial losses, and lots of success on the field, it’s time for Manchester City fans to start paying for their success. Season ticket prices have gone up by 9% to £275.00 – £745.00 but the average attendance has also gone up by 2.5%. On the plus side Manchester City is still operating the Etihad Stadium ‘Value Gold’ Season Ticket which is great value.

Manchester United

Adult season ticket prices £532.00 – £950.00 (Frozen 2011-12 prices)

Although Manchester United have frozen their season ticket prices, that won’t be much comfort to Old Trafford’s 52,000 season-ticket holders who have been campaigning for a reduction in prices. The good news is that for the first time a season ticket is proportionally cheaper than members’ matchday tickets. Non-members’ matchday tickets are up by £7.00 more per game than the equivalent season ticket.

Norwich City

Adult season ticket prices £547.00 – £608.00

Norwich’s first successful season in the Premier League means that fans will now have to pay an extra 10% to see them next year. The cheapest adult season tickets are up by £47.50. Norwich point out that they have a high proportion of entry-level seats at Carrow Road (14,744 out of 27,220).

Newcastle United

Adult season ticket prices £373.00 – £717.00

The 2010/11 season was one of unexpected joy for Alan Pardew’s team with a fifth placed finish and European football for next season. With success usually comes higher prices but in 2011 Newcastle launched a 10-year price freeze which guarantees the cost of a season ticket until 2021 at St James’ Park.

Queens Park Rangers

Adult season ticket prices £499.00 – £949.00 (Frozen from revised 2011-12 prices)

QPR was the source of massive controversy last season with a huge 40% hike in season ticket prices at Loftus Road. But this year there is something to celebrate with Premier League survival and the fact that season ticket prices for the 2012-13 season have been frozen to the revised levels in 2011-12.

Reading

Adult season ticket prices £525.00 – £595.00

As would be expected after being promoted, Reading are putting up their season ticket prices by a whopping 33%. There was a Madejski Stadium early bird window up until the 27th of April when tickets cost £375.00 – £425.00, but their current prices are still lower than when Reading were previously promoted.

Southampton

Adult season ticket prices for 2012-13 £240.00 – £780.00

Adult Season Ticket prices start from £495.00, concessions from £325.00 (Senior Citizens, Young Adults 17-20, and Students) and juniors from £100.00. Southampton allows you to claim one free Under-11 Season Ticket when you purchase two adult tickets in the Family section at St Mary’s.

Stoke City

Adult season ticket prices £399.00 – £599.00 (Frozen 2011-12 prices)

Stoke City have frozen their season-ticket prices for a fifth successive year. They also have great deals for young fans as a quarter of season ticket holders at Stoke are under the age of 21. Last year the club broke their season ticket sales record and the Britannia Stadium has been full to the brim.

Sunderland

Adult season ticket prices £425.00 – £525.00

Falling crowds at the Stadium of Light mean that Sunderland has hiked its season ticket prices by 5%. The Black Cats have however announced a price freeze on season tickets bought before March 26. Fans can also purchase a “Wear On Our Way” pass for £20.00 which includes bus and Metro travel to and from all home games from anywhere in Tyne and Wear.

Swansea City

Adult season ticket prices £449.00 – £499.00

With the stunning football that Swansea played last season it is no surprise that season ticket prices are being hiked up by 10% as the Swans look forward to another season in the Premier League. With all season tickets sold out there is now a lengthy waiting list at the Liberty Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur

Adult season ticket prices £730.00 – £1,845.00

With bulging attendances for every game at White Hart Lane, and the cost of a season ticket creeping up and up, Spurs need a bigger stadium. Season tickets are up by as much as 5.79% to make Spurs one of the most expensive teams to watch in the Premier League. Now the cheapest adult season ticket has gone up from £690.00 to £730.00.

West Bromwich Albion

Adult season ticket prices £349.00 – £449.00

West Brom have taken the highly unusual move of cutting season ticket prices for everyone except over 60s (whose ticket prices are frozen). Adult season tickets prices are down by as much as £50.00, under 21s have discounts of up to £70.00, and under 17s have discounts of up to £30.00. Mark Jenkins, West Bromwich Albion’s chief executive, said: “We are hopeful this will lead to more young fans and families attending the Hawthorns.”

West Ham United

Adult season ticket prices for 2012-13 £600.00 – £850.00

Despite West Ham’s attendances being down at the Boleyn Ground, season ticket prices have gone up by 16.6%. This is of course because they have won promotion to the Premier League. Yet West ham’s owners stayed true to a promise that they would revert season ticket prices to the same level as 2010-11, when the Upton Park club were last in the top flight.

Wigan Athletic

Adult season ticket prices £255.00 – £350.00

Although Wigan has put up its prices by 2%, attendances are up by 10% and DW Stadium season tickets of £255.00 – £350.00 are the cheapest in the league. Wigan have reduced prices for under-21s by 5% and brought under 16 prices down by 35%, offering a season ticket for £85.00.


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