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Ticket prices fall at region's top football clubs
AVERAGE tickets prices for the region’s top football teams have fallen by almost ten per cent, a survey has found.
Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool have all reduced or frozen season and match day tickets for the 2013/14 season, according to the BBC Price of Football 2013 study
The price of programmes remained static, while there were minimal increases in the price of a pie and a cup of tea.
In the Premier League, Newcastle offered the cheapest adult match-day ticket in the country at £15. The club also had the cheapest day out, with a ticket, programme, pie and cup of tea costing £23.20 – up 20p on last year.
The cheapest match-day ticket at rivals Sunderland was £25, with a day out costing £33.10, a rise of 10p on last year.
Both Premier League clubs slashed the price of their most expensive season tickets.
Middlesbrough was the only club in the region to lower the price of both its cheapest and most expensive season tickets, also offering season ticket holders a free drink at every game and free child’s season ticket.
The Teesside club also cut the cost of its lowest match-day tickets from £25 to £19.
Hartlepool continued to offer the cheapest season ticket in the country at £150 – a drop of £5 on last season.
Mark Simpson, Pools spokesman, said the club remained committed to keeping prices as low as possible.
“We are aware of people’s economic circumstances especially in a town like Hartlepool and we trying to ensure watching football at Victoria Park is affordable,” he said.
A spokesman for Middlesbrough said the club was trying to add value to the packages it offered this season with a free drink and free under-11 season ticket for all adult season ticket holders.
“We think it’s one of the most innovative offers that we’ve come up with for years,” he added.
Average ticket prices across English football's top four divisions fell by up to 2.4 per cent, the study found.
The most expensive ticket in English football remained at Arsenal, where a category A adult match-day ticket can cost up to £126. Their cheapest ticket is £26.
The cheapest adult season ticket in the Premier League was £299 at Manchester City. The most expensive was £1,955 at Arsenal, although this included seven cup matches.
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