This week as part of the ‘Football and the Fans’ series we will be looking at the cost of watching football for fans of club’s in the Npower Championship next season.
If you are a new season ticket holder willing to sit in the cheapest seats in the house the average cost of a new season ticket at a Championship club now stands at just over £400.
This simplistic statistic masks the complexity of the pricing process that means the cost of a season ticket at a club can depend on a number of demographic or financial factors that will be featured later in the series.
Season ticket prices vary dramatically across the league with Leeds the most expensive at £25 per game, whilst Cardiff fans can become a new season ticket holder for just £8.93 per game.
Buying your ticket early would reduce the cost of buying your ticket as will paying up front, however for Ipswich fans who renew for two seasons there could be a rebate should the club get promoted.
Many clubs such as Derby have frozen their prices for 2011/2012 absorbing the rise in VAT to entice fans to renew or take the plunge for the first time.
Here is a full list of season ticket prices as advertised on the 8th June 2011
|Cost of Lowest New S/T Purchase|
|Brighton Hove Albion||£395|
Source: Club promotional literature
Note: Prices shown indicate the cost advertised for a first time adult season ticket holder in the cheapest area of the ground purchased after any early purchase discount