With the economy leading to tough times, a lot of people don’t have the luxury to be able to spend a lot of money every weekend just to watch a match of football, especially when it comes to the Premier League. Taking in the cost of travel before you even pay for your match day ticket, the life of a football fan can be an expensive one. But do you get enough excitement and action for the money you pay, or are you being over-charged?
The BBC Sport Price of Football survey 2012 found the cheapest and most expensive match day and season ticket prices for each club. The average cheapest match day ticket costs £28, whilst the most expensive averages at £58. For season tickets, the average cheapest ticket is £468, with the average for the most expensive season ticket coming in at £865.
Adding the cost of fuel or train tickets, plus food and drink for every match, loyal supporters can be paying a minimum of £100 every match day. With so many games being broadcast live on TV now, is there any need to pay so much money when you can watch the game from home?
But what TV broadcasters can’t do is portray the excitement and atmosphere of a live football match. The feeling of singing along with your fellow fans, before celebrating a goal live is something that can be recreated. With an average of 2.8 goals a match this season, fans are often paying for dramatic and high scoring matches.
Gary Neville’s build up to a match is nothing compared to feeling the anticipation grow from in the stands, waving your scarf and saying your last minute prayers. You may not get replays or the ability to pause the match, but you get to share your passion with thousands of similar fans around you. Surely that is worth the money?