After Yesterday I came across this straight from the ticker tape of broken dreams:
‘Arsenal supporters take stock of their recent patchy home form, amid the confirmation that we will probably be the first in the Premier League to be charged over £100 for a normal match day ticket .This landmark moment seems likely to come in January, when VAT rises from 17.5% to 20%, pushing the price of a the most expensive non-corporate seat at the ground from £98.50 (including postage and the inevitable “booking fee”) to over £100. The Arsenal website’s ticket booking page confirms that, “with the VAT increase due in January 2011, our matchday ticket prices will be subject to change”, and there has been nothing from the club to suggest that this will not happen.
Arsenal has long been the most expensive place in English football to watch a match. Although The Emirates Stadium holds more than 60,000 people, ticket and season ticket prices there have shot through the roof, to little protest. Season ticket prices there range from £893 to £1,825, compared to £550 at Chelsea and £224 at the cheapest club in the Premier League, Blackburn Rovers. The reason for these prices is the cost of building The Emirates Stadium itself, but it is worth asking a very salient question at this point – will prices be reduced accordingly when the debt for the construction of the stadium is complete?’--twohundredpercent 21/11/10
I await comments......