Bristol City @ Sheffield Wednesday – Saturday 8 August 2015
Bristol City supporters let Sheffield Wednesday bosses know their feelings about the extortionate ticket pricing for the first game of the season.
Two weeks ago Bristol City Supporters’ Club & Trust announced that they would not be attending the opening match of the season at Hillsborough in protest at Sheffield Wednesday’s ticket prices.
Sheffield Wednesday announced its new ticket pricing plan that means Bristol City fans, as a Category B, team will pay £39 per adult away ticket. The club announced a wider range of categories this year compared with last, with the most expensive ticket, Category A* set at £52.
In a statement on their website, the Trust said: “Undoubtedly, many City fans now feel conflicted by the news that our first away game back in the Championship at Sheffield Wednesday is being charged at an astronomical £39.
“For some it just isn’t a choice, on top of travel and everything else an away day holds, it is just too expensive. For those that have already booked travel, you probably have to go or lose that money.
“For some of us, it is a matter of principle. It is going to hurt to do this, but the board of the Supporters Club & Trust have collectively decided not to attend this game.
“Nobody’s calling for a boycott, we just think it is a step too far. We think many City fans will vote likewise and choose not to go.
“Maybe in that way Sheffield Wednesday will get the message that this is unreasonable. After all, it will only cost Reading fans £25 when they go to Hillsborough. Where’s the sense in that?”
Displeasure at Sheffield Wednesday’s pricing isn’t limited to away fans visiting Hillsborough. Home fans also took action, setting up a petition challenging the club’s ticket price hike.