After consultation with supporters groups AISA and Arsenal Supporter’s Trust the club will announce a new ticketing policy which will see an extra category added.
Games are categorised currently as A or B, and priced accordingly. A new category, surprisingly named Category C, will see those tickets available at much lower prices that previously.
From the AISA press release:
Premier League matches at Emirates Stadium will be re-graded from two to three categories. Ticket prices for ‘C’ category matches will be on average 28% cheaper than last season. For example, a ticket in the north bank lower for the first home match against Sunderland on 18th August, will be priced at £25.50, compared to £35.00 last season.
Prices for ‘A’ category matches will increase on average by 23% e.g. a ticket in the north bank lower for the home match against Chelsea on 29th September will be priced at £62 compared to £51 last season. Prices for ‘B’ category matches will increase on average by 2% e.g. a ticket in the north bank lower for the home match against QPR on 27th October will be priced at £35.50 compared to £35 last season.
A joint statement has been agreed by AISA and the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust:
“Lower prices for many Premier League home games is something that AISA and AST have been calling for. Today’s announcement is an important step forward in enabling many supporters who have previously been unable to afford tickets to attend matches at The Emirates Stadium.
We welcome this development and urge the club to continue to improve and develop its ticketing arrangements, building further on ideas that supporters have submitted.”
AISA say they will look for further improvements, such as:
– After 5 years membership at a particular level, supporters should have the option of changing their level of membership i.e. from platinum to gold, from gold to silver, or from silver to red.
– The refusal to allow discounts to seniors unless they move to the Family Enclosure continues to cause much distress and resentment. The Club should find a way to address this issue.
– The Club should introduce a scheme that directly rewards season-ticket holders who attend every match
– The Club should allow season-ticket holders to make payment in 4 instalments: 25% by 1 July, 25% by 1 September, 25% by 1 November, 25% by 1 January
The new match categories announced to date are:
Category C 18th August Sunderland Category C 15th September Southampton Category A 29th September Chelsea Category B 27th October Queens Park Rangers Category B 10th November Fulham Category A 17th November Tottenham Hotspur Category C 1st December Swansea City Category C 8th December West Bromwich Albion Category B 26th December West Ham United Category B 29th December Newcastle United
Champions League and FA Cup fixtures will be based on A and B pricing. Pricing for the Capital One Cup (formerly the Carling Cup) will be similar to previous seasons.