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how will younger fans(16 to 21) go to games when the prices are so high. i am 18 and been a Chelsea fan all my life it the family team. the club need to do some sort of cheap tickets for u21 because they are all priced out. it not fair as soon as you are 16 you have to pay adult ticket price. For a u16 in a aa ticket price game it only £17 but when you are 16 it over £50.

i think the club should sell memberships to u21 at £20 only £5 cheaper

  • for every cup game and Europe group stage game the clubs sells about 4000 to 6000 tickets at this price of £10 to the u21 members. i know the club would lose money on tickets but it better to sell cheap to the next generation and selling them to tourist
  • for prem games the club could give part of the ground to the u21 members for example 4000 tickets in the east upper could only for them and this could improve in the atmosphere up there
  • category b =£10 a=£20 aa=£30
  • all Restricted View seats should be sold for only £5 with the u21 membership

most other clubs do have cheap tickets to u21. i have a Chelsea membership with my dad and we have been about 14 to 16 games this year and i am a Barnet season ticket holder which only cost me £75 buy one get one free so it was £150 but went half’s with a mate.

the only way me and my mates can watch football is going Barnet it my local team. i know it a sh*t team compare to Chelsea but football is football. the club have to do something about the ticket prices.

i know this was a long post what do you guys think the club need to do?

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If Chelsea move into a new stadium, then prices will be restructured accordingly, although if you're banking on prices for the younger generation to come down, then I'm afraid you'll most likely be disappointed.

To the board's credit, they've frozen ticket prices for the last few seasons so they are making at least an effort to keep prices as they are.

I think some of your ideas have merit, and whilst it'll be a long shot, why don't you send in your ideas to a member of the board? At the very least they might take pity and give you some free tickets to an upcoming game  :smile:

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Fair play to Arsenal for putting this deal on

 

http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/exclusive-arsenals-10-ticket-for-teen-fans-8580084.html

 

But tbh, it's unlikely to ever realistically happen at Chelsea until we get a bigger capacity. They are selling out the bridge too regularly to make it worthwhile. As long as they are getting bums on seats from people who come to 1 or two games a year or tourists, then actual fans who come and get behind the team can do one.

 

That's why I think missing out on Battersea was so gutting. If they had got that ground, with the single tiered stand behind the goal a la Dortmund, then I reckon you could have seen young persons tickets going for about £20, any game.

 

Being only 20 myself , I am genuinely concerned about how many proper Chelsea supporters there will be around in 15/20 years time. I look around the bridge and away ends around the country these day and the majority seem to be pushing 50. I assume they are all still here after falling in love with the club in their formative years, and there doesnt seem to be a new generation ready to come through.

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But tbh, it's unlikely to ever realistically happen at Chelsea until we get a bigger capacity. They are selling out the bridge too regularly to make it worthwhile. As long as they are getting

Being only 20 myself , I am genuinely concerned about how many proper Chelsea supporters there will be around in 15/20 years time. I look around the bridge and away ends around the country these day and the majority seem to be pushing 50. I assume they are all still here after falling in love with the club in their formative years, and there doesnt seem to be a new generation ready to come through.

Yes blue boy as a 20 year old I share your concerns. We have a very old demographic for our core fanbase. Fans our age have been to SB far too little due to financial restrictions. Even for me, I have not been since starting University due to finances and the fact I live in Newcastle, however I go to a few away games. I was a ST holder in my teens, but once I l finish University will I realistically be able to fund Chelsea again? I think far too many Chelsea fans of people our age have not been to enough games. Not because they don't want to, but they can't justify having £80 days per head  days out at the weekend. Justifying paying these prices becomes harder when people are not used to paying Chelsea expenses throughout their life.

At least the board have gone through a few phases of freezing prices, but the damage was done even before Abramovich. But I think the Premier League as a whole will struggle with attendances in 30 years time. What kind of business model neglects its future customer base

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What kind of business model neglects its future customer base

I suppose the one that is becoming focused on international markets, with people who have big wallets for merchandise but will never set foot in the bridge their whole lives. The two games we've got scheduled in New York at the end of the season are a case in point . As long as they can sell thousands of shirts in the US and the far East, do they really give a sh*t?

I think far too many Chelsea fans of people our age have not been to enough games. Not because they don't want to, but they can't justify having £80 days per head days out at the weekend. Justifying paying these prices becomes harder when people are not used to paying Chelsea expenses throughout their life.

This is a key point. Its obvious that there is a fundamental difference to those who say they support a team,buy the shirt, watch all the games on television etc etc, and those who regularly attend either home and away.

There is a certain connection to the club that I don't thinks possible through a television screen. It's made by being in the company of other thousands of other blues, who all care just as much as you , when a piece of genuine magic or even disaster happens. When those moments happen (and for most it's in their teens), you look back and think "yeah, this is me. That club, that shirt, this group of people is what I'm about".

It's these moments, memories with your mates you can remember like yesterday, that keep people coming back for more. You only have to look round this forum to read nostalgic posts from older blues recounting in ridiculous detail their trip to Wolves in '82 to see the importance of watching live football with your mates at a young age.

Moments like that stick with you. For me I will never forget what it was like to be at the Emirates, having just lost the league in '07, with Jose marching towards us, bursting with pride. Or being at Vicarage Road , with Kalou scoring last minute to win the game. I know those moments wouldn't be high on most peoples lists, but they meant something to me.

The problem is, I can count the other people I know my age who feel like this about a club on one hand. They just can't get to football anymore. The closest they can get to those memories and moments is a pub or behind a computer, and that is nowhere near the real thing.

On top of that the common fan culture will eventually be lost. Who at the bridge is gonna be doing the zigga zagga, or singing celery, when the first time they've ever been able to afford to go is when they are 35?

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You know the tickets are to high when aways games are cheaper for example I am going to AV away for only the same price as a home game. £16 for train and the fast train not the dead 3hour one and only £32or£33 for the ticket so only £48 for both train and ticket to the game. When my spurs at home ticket cost £59 what a joke

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On top of that the common fan culture will eventually be lost. Who at the bridge is gonna be doing the zigga zagga, or singing celery, when the first time they've ever been able to afford to go is when they are 35?

That is exactly the fear I have for the future. I appreciate Arsenal's scheme and they will reep the benefits from it. We are currently in our golden period so this is where we should be picking up fans for the future, but young people are simply not going, myself included.

I think we would benefit from a similar scheme to Arsenal. Maybe for Wigan at home or someone of that stature, or maybe a CL group game, tickets should not go on sale and instead teens can apply for tickets for free to give a future generation the opportunity to experience SB along with regular ST holders.

It would cost the club a lot up front, but the potential gains of 20,000 extra interested fans would really go some way to the club addressing the demographic imbalance of committed fans.

Fenerbache did a similar scheme with their Women and Children only day and I am sure they will reep the benefits in the future.

When I was a ST holder I would have happily relinquished my ticket for a lesser game for the benefit of such a scheme like this.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/14998237

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Football at the top is no longer a working mans game. So the smaller teams will start getting the support.

 

I can't afford/justify the cost of going to see Chelsea at the moment and I have considered going to watch my local team (Welling United) just to get out and watch a live game of football.

 

I think a lot of fans feel frustrated at the massive expense of watching live football now days, it's not a hobby anymore it's a full blown commitment. 

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It is a worry!

Until a wage cap is introduced football will continue to isolate the working class fans with inevitable price hikes and it will become more of a rich man's game.

I can only afford to attend a few Chelsea games a season now as I fly in from Belfast. When all the costs are added up it becomes an expensive weekend.

Its not just us, all the top clubs have this same problem. A bigger stadium should allow for better prices for kids and we have to have faith the club are working on a strategy.

My cousin is studying in Newcastle... until a few weeks ago he and his mates were fit to buy a kids ticket (bending the rules), which allowed him in for £6 every home game. The club eventually caught on and they have to pay £20, which is still a great price.

Had a thought a few nights ago...If you are going to spend 40-60 quid on a seat in the matthew harding you may as well spend the extra tenner and get the best view in the middle, its not as if the atmosphere at the bridge is great anymore anyway!!

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“ We could charge more than £104. “Let’s say we charged £300. We’d get £2m more in income but what’s £2m to us? In a transfer discussion you argue about that sum for five minutes. But the difference between £104 and £300 is huge for the fan. We do not think the fans are like cows, who you milk. Football has got to be for everybody. That’s the biggest difference between us and England''.

 

 

 

Uli Hoeness, Bayern Munich president, discussing the club’s affordable ticket pricing plan - 120 Euros for a terrace season ticket. One third (12,500) of the club’s season tickets are at this price.

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I still think the way forward is to bring back terracing but that doesn't look like happening, Surely they could have a safe standing area for about 10-15k fans. Cheap tickets and better atmosphere.

 

On a lighter note just be grateful your not tryingto get a ticket for this seasons CL final. Wembley has just announced that there are currently no seats available..............apparently they all have towels on them :wink:

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I go to test maches, some County games and to 20-20s. You pay £30-40 but you're there (for a test, etc) all day, so it's good value. I see Dads and their kids at the football and, when you work out what it costs - travel, parking, food, tickets, etc, it's a big hit on their finances. Football is going to struggle, or become a middle class game as far as specators are concerned.

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What is this joke about Germans and towels? I don't get it.

 

German holiday makers are well known to get up early on holiday and put their towels on sun loungers by the hotel pool, in an effort to reserve them. That's the joke Zola!

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“ We could charge more than £104. “Let’s say we charged £300. We’d get £2m more in income but what’s £2m to us? In a transfer discussion you argue about that sum for five minutes. But the difference between £104 and £300 is huge for the fan. We do not think the fans are like cows, who you milk. Football has got to be for everybody. That’s the biggest difference between us and England''.

 

 

 

Uli Hoeness, Bayern Munich president, discussing the club’s affordable ticket pricing plan - 120 Euros for a terrace season ticket. One third (12,500) of the club’s season tickets are at this price.

 

 

This is how it should be. Sadly, English football is probably too far down the line to ever implement this.

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Football at the top is no longer a working mans game. So the smaller teams will start getting the support.

 

I can see this becoming a factor.

 

Don't know if anyone saw, but Leyton Orient are offering free  season tickets to under 18s and students.

 

Who's too say in 10 years time they won't have a reasonably good following?

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I can see this becoming a factor.

 

Don't know if anyone saw, but Leyton Orient are offering free  season tickets to under 18s and students.

 

Who's too say in 10 years time they won't have a reasonably good following?

 

That's a smart move on their part if they aren't selling out their matches.

 

Chances are those going along for free will be with someone over 18 who will have had to pay for their ticket. Once you are at the ground chances are you spend some money on food/drink/merchandise so they will get some revenue even if they are letting people in for free.

 

It's things like this or "kids of quid" that need to happen to allow fans who don't have massive amounts of disposable income to attend matches. 

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Also the more following a smaller team get the more money they get in the door and thus become bigger if managed right.

 

And then hike up their prices to reflect their newly achieved higher status, pricing out the loyal fans who got them there in doing so.

 

The move needs to come from the top.

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German holiday makers are well known to get up early on holiday and put their towels on sun loungers by the hotel pool, in an effort to reserve them. That's the joke Zola!

Thank you for letting me know.

That's a great idea by the way, typical Germans!

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I hope we are not hearing the old story of .." the expense is driving the real fans away"..Yes we are expensive...Are all our OLD fans poor then....I hate to use this but....If West Ham, Spurs, well any other team  had a 42000 max, they would fill it...They would fill it with noisy fans..They would fill it with old and new fans that would integrate to make home matches reasonably good.....I cant really understand our home lot really...Weve heard all the theorys..Ive given plenty myself, but, at the end of the day i scratch my balding pate in frustration

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