As of next season all Premier League away tickets will be capped at £30 for the next three seasons. Since 2013, supporter organisations across the country have been campaigning for cheaper away ticket prices under the banner of “Twenty’s Plenty” with the help of Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF).
Fans have shown their support for the popular Twenty’s Plenty since its inception by continually lobbying their clubs – most notably in the national weekend of action in October.
Kevin Miles, chief executive of the FSF, said:
“The FSF is delighted with the announcement of a £30 cap – the FSF has campaigned around the issue of ticket prices along with supporter groups around the country and we’re very pleased the voice of fans has been listened to.
“We hope many clubs will also follow the example of Arsenal and reduce away ticket prices for their fans even further.
“The unanimous support of all top-flight clubs is welcome and shows the impact that the collective voice of fans can have.”
Premier League’s press release in full below:
9 March 2016
Premier League Clubs today announce a new deal for away fans
After consideration of a range of options, Premier League Clubs have today undertaken that away fans will be able to attend Premier League matches for the next three seasons and pay no more than a maximum of £30 for their tickets.
Clubs know that away fans have a unique status:
- They are essential for match atmosphere and stimulate the response from home fans that distinguishes Premier League matches from those of other leagues
- They have additional travel costs and pay individual match prices, as season ticket and other discounts are not available to them
- Responsibility for them is shared between Clubs and therefore it is right that there is a collective initiative to help them
This has long been understood by Clubs who currently provide away fans with a range of measures designed to assist them, including the Away Supporters’ Initiative (ASI) introduced in 2013. At their last meeting (4 February 2016) Clubs unanimously agreed that more should be done to help away fans and,
after consideration of a range of options, have now decided to introduce the new £30 maximum price for away tickets. This replaces the ASI as a single, League-wide recognition of the importance of away fans.
The £30 away ticket cap will apply for three seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19, replacing the current Away Supporters Initiative (ASI) (The ASI was a collective agreement by the Clubs to help away fans, introduced in Season 2013/14 for three seasons ending 2015/16). Premier League attendances have been at record levels of occupancy, 95.9%, for the past two Seasons and are tracking at 96.2% for Season 2015/16
The Barclays Premier League is the most watched continuous annual sporting event in the world. Last season 13.9 million fans attended matches with record average stadium occupancy of 95.9%. Across nine months of the year, 380 matches are viewed in 185 countries with coverage available in over 725 million households. Premier League football provides £2.4bn per season to the Exchequer in tax revenue.