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The Price To Pay To See Arsenal Football Club

emirates stadium players big.0 The Price To Pay To See Arsenal Football ClubYou’re now less than 17 days away from experiencing a one-of-a-kind online journey through the Premiership courtesy of EPL Talk. As we get closer to the “kick off,” I’ll keep you updated on what the ticket purchasing experience is like, what it’s like dealing with the different clubs, and what you can expect to see and hear first-hand during my trek to England.Depending what the result is from Arsenal’s decisive match today against CSKA Moscow, the Gunners next Champions League match could be crucial. If Arsenal beats CSKA, then a win or a draw in their November 21st match at home against Hamburg would be enough to qualify them for the next stage of the glamor tournament.When I was originally planning my trip to England a couple of months ago, one of the main reasons I picked November 17-26 was because I knew Arsenal would be playing at home in the Champions League.While it’s been a simple process purchasing tickets for the Fulham and Blackburn home matches, the Arsenal experience has been more challenging due to the greater demand for tickets and the way Arsenal operates.To give you an idea of how difficult it is to get a ticket to an Arsenal match, consider this: Tickets are on sale via Arsenal.com for the match against Hamburg, but right now you can only purchase them if you’re a “Silver Member.” How do you become a Silver Member? You first have to become a ‘Red Member.” You’re then placed on a waiting list and Arsenal will notify you to upgrade to become a silver member ONLY if a space becomes available. When would the possibility of an upgrade be available? Prior to the beginning of the 2007/2008 season. Yes, probably between May and August of 2007.So while the tickets for the Hamburg match are being bought by silver members, any remaining tickets will be made available to red members on November 8. For a crucial Champions League match against Hamburg, the chances of ANY tickets being available to Gunners fans is practically nil. But in the extreme unlikelihood that some tickets are available, you would have to pay $57 just to attain the red membership level. Even with your red member card in hand, this doesn’t guarantee you a ticket. You’d have to rush to purchase tickets before the other red members snap them up. Ticket prices range from $61-$125.Tickets are available for general sale only after the red membership level has had a considerable amount of time to purchase tickets. So, general ticket sales are essentially non-existent.By the way, after you achieve the rank of silver member, you can hope that you can become elevated to become a gold or even platinum member. A gold membership is only available to season ticket holders. To become a season ticket holder at the Emirates Stadium, you have to pay $28 to have your name added to a waiting list. That list, gulp, contains over 30,000 supporters. Essentially the only way to get a season ticket is to hope that a large number of people relinquish their tickets at the end of the season. And we know what the chances are of that happening.So, back to me, I’m not a card carrying member of any level at Arsenal, so my chances of getting a ticket to see the Gunners play is hopeless.However, here’s where the good news comes in. Thanks to the fantastic people at the Official United States Arsenal Supporters Club, they were able to secure two tickets for me (my cousin lives nearby in London), so I’ll be attending the Arsenal against Hamburg match after all. The stadium is supposed to be state-of-the-art and this will be my first time to see Arsenal in person, so I’m thrilled and indebted to ArsenalAmerica.com for their assistance.This goes to show what value there is in joining your local supporters club. They often have access to tickets before others, organize tours and provide you with discounts that save you more than the price of membership. If you’re a Gunners fans, sign up at ArsenalAmerica.com today. For other supporter’s clubs, take a look at the links page at EPLTalk.com.So the latest itinerary for the tour is:Saturday, November 18: Everton v Bolton (at Goodison Park)Sunday, November 19: Anfield Stadium Tour (Liverpool)Blackburn v Spurs (at Ewood Park)Monday, November 20:National Football Museum (Preston)Tuesday, November 21:Arsenal v Hamburg (Champions League)Saturday, November 25:Fulham v Reading (at Craven Cottage)

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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11 Responses to The Price To Pay To See Arsenal Football Club

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi.

    I am based in England, and am a Silver member. I know it seems unfair that some people get access to tickets before others, but it does reward those who are loyal and go each week. I know this stops new supporters going but its a trade off for Arsenal and MUCH better than at Highbury, when even Silver members struggled to get tickets!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can we ask how much the tickets for the Hamburg game are costing?

  3. The Gaffer says:

    Sure, I just found out this morning where my seats will be and what it’ll cost. I’ll be in the upper tier, front row, near the halfway line. Some of the best seats in the house according to ArsenalAmerica.com.

    The cost is $88 per ticket.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  4. Anonymous says:

    interesting post

  5. jason says:

    No Swansea matches?

  6. Anonymous says:

    no, the gaffer’s become gentrified (sic)

    TT

  7. The Gaffer says:

    Jason:

    Good question about Swansea. They’re playing at home against Bristol City on the same day as Man United against Chelsea at Old Trafford. If I’m unable to get a United ticket, I may make a pilgrimage down to South Wales to watch the Swans.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  8. tyler says:

    Yeah, I had a similar experience trying to get Arsenal tickets. I am sure that it makes them a lot of money, which they need to pay off the debt. But I think it comes at a cost, because it prices out a lot of people from going, which I think is terrible.

  9. Frank Garrison says:

    I’m a red member and a member of Arsenal America. I saw 4 matches at Highbury last season, including the semi against Villareal and the last visit of ManU. I echo Gaffer’s comments about the wisdom of joining a local supporters’ club. It’s a great way to get tickets and meet great people who support the same club you do.

    Family obligations will keep me from getting over to the Emirates this season, but it’s nice to know that I’ll be able to watch my Gunners the next time I go. And, yes, I plan to keep my red membership and Arsenal America membership.

  10. marta del piero says:

    What a great game arsenal didn’t play!!! Okay did anyone else notice that DuDu? Is he related to Kaka? I told ya Brasil was
    S*%#!!! HA HA, I know that’s just an Italian comment!!! I called a buddy and said that, but he must have heard me, because KaKa scored a hat trick right after my staement, which isn’t easy in champions league!!!

  11. Gooner Girl says:

    I’ve managed to get arsenal tickets from Arsenal Ticket Solutions before, otherwise no luck.

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