NNN has contacted Burnley Football Club’s chief executive Lee Hoos over fans’ concerns surrounding ticket prices.
Dear Mr Hoos,
Firstly, please let me introduce us. nonaynever.net is an independent Burnley FC fansite. We formed two years ago.
We want to draw your attention to some of the feedback from fans regarding the ticket prices announced recently by the club.
NNN published this piece – http://nonaynever.net/9832/burnley-price-fans-out-with-31-tickets/ – and received a strong reaction from fans. Take a look at the article and some of the comments.
Here are some highlights: “Personally, I think £31 for a ticket is a scandal. I also think that it is wrong for the club to charge me £20 to be a member.”
“What a joke. We will be back to gates of 10,000. Burnley is a poor place, with a lot of poverty. The club have no consideration for its fans. First time I have not renewed in years. Before we went up to the PL, tickets were £20. Serious jump in 3 years.”
“I’ve just looked on the Wigan website. I could go and watch them play attractive football (assuming Martinez stays) v Manchester United, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea, City etc for £28/£30 a time (Cat. A prices). No membership scheme. And do you know what? I am going to. I’m sick of my support and money being taken for granted. I like football the sport more than I like Burnley football club.”
“It’s a joke. £50 for 1 adult and 1 child for less than 2 hours of football and crazy prices for refreshments. Atleast £1 for a bag of crisp, it’s embarrassing. Looks like I’m only going to the Blackburn game at home and maybe hudersfield and Bolton away if I can tickets even though ‘general public’ (or people that aren’t millionaires) arenow behind; shareholders, membership holders, season ticket holders and then the loyalty point system. JOKE.”
“No season ticket this year and at those prices + travel from Manchester will have to pick my home games carefully. Something I’m reluctant to do as I’ve barely missed a home game. It certainly makes away games more appealing, at least you feel like you’ve had a day out.”
“I can see no way in which BFC can justify prices at this level. One thing for sure, I’ll manage an a way game, maybe 2 but at this price I won’t be able to afford to go on the Turf”
“I’m not on the breadline by any means, but I think £31 for a championship game is disgusting. I’m pretty sure tickets to all games were £22 in the season before PL football. So we’ve seen a 50% increase over three seasons. Not quite in line with inflation.”
Mr Hoos, as you can see, it’s a strong reaction. Ticket prices of £31 are extremely high for a club like Burnley and fans are being priced out. We also asked fans on Twitter to share their views. An overwhelming majority of fans who got in touch stated they think £31 is far above what a club like Burnley should be charging. Fans are not only being priced out, they feel the Club is taking advantage of them. Here are some of the responses we got:
“the amount of fans i use to go and watch clarets with that no longer go is staggering, only reason cost”
“each year i go less and less can’t afford it..football obliovus to every day cost increase”
“the crowds will go down even more I will not be going as much”
“ridiculous. Expect low attendances.”
“put it this way I won’t be forking that sort of money out,no way.”
“50% increase in three seasons is absolutely indefensible”
“it’s an absolute disgrace. Takes the p*ss out of the fans. I’ll be voting with my feet next season.”
Mr Hoos, I would like you to justify to our readers how Burnley FC came up with ticket prices of £31. Is the Club aware of how much money that is to regular people in a small, far-from-affluent northern town? A parent taking their child will have to find £50 to be a walk-on fan for some games.
Has the Club lost touch with the fans? We applaud some of the season ticket deals on offer this year, but the fact of the matter is they cannot cater for all fans – not all fans can afford them even with the payment plans available, not all fans can make it to every game. Why is the club driving away casual fans and exiles with such high prices? Not all fans agree with a membership scheme – indeed, it is notable we did not need one before Premier League football, but apparently now do.
We understand that the club has costs to meet and as fans we must shoulder some of that burden. But to us, £31 seems to be too far. What will the club do if attendances drop below 10,000 this season due to the high ticket prices? Will the club heed the warning of fans that prices are simply too high and people are being priced out? How much higher does the Club intend to push prices up in the future while people are trying desperately to pay their bills?
Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond. We look forward to hearing from you. Please note that your full response will be published at nonaynever.net for fans to see.