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Safe standing would cut the cost of football - John Leech MP

Liberal Democrat plans to introduce safe standing areas at football grounds would help to cut ticket prices, as new research shows ticket prices have grown by 4.4% in the past year.

The BBC ‘Price of Football’ study has revealed that the average ticket to a game in the football league is now £21.49, up 13% since 2011.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson John Leech MP said:

“Modern football is expensive to watch, and this BBC study shows that prices are only going one way. We have to take action so that the average fan is not priced out of the national game.

“Safe standing in other countries allows clubs to offer cheaper season tickets to fans who want to watch the game in standing areas. For example, Bayern Munich charge just £110 for a season ticket in their standing area, nearly 10 times less than a season ticket to watch Arsenal.

“Safe standing offers supporters more choice, a better atmosphere and cheaper tickets. It is an idea whose time has come and I am proud that it is the Liberal Democrats who are the first political party to commit to delivering this." 

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Allowing clubs to introduce safe standing areas gives them more flexibility and could lead to a reduction in ticket prices. 

Watching football is expensive. Safe standing areas allow clubs to accommodate a higher density of supporters safely which can mean cheaper ticket prices for all. In both England and abroad ticket prices for standing areas are typically lower than in seated areas making the stadiums more socially inclusive. For example, standing tickets at Bayern Munich begin as low as £110 -http://www.fsf.org.uk/campaigns/safe-standing/safe-standing-facts/


For more information on the BBC cost of football please see:http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29614980


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