Arsenal have announced that from next season, up to 1000 tickets per home game will be made available to fans between the ages of 12 and 16 for just £10.
The tickets will be for category B and C Premier League games only, but at a time when fears of younger fans being priced out of the game are very real, it’s a positive move from the club.
Based on suggestions made by supporter’s groups, the tickets will be available to members of the Junior Gunners scheme. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said, “This is an important initiative to encourage young fans to come to games and make a big contribution to the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium. Our young fans represent the future of the club.
“We have a thriving youth membership scheme with over 30,000 enrolled. Those fans want to be part of the club and this initiative, which we have developed in partnership with supporters’ groups, means there will be 14,000 additional tickets for Young Guns to attend Premier League matches across the season for no more than £10 a game.
“This is in addition to the £5 and £10 tickets we offer young supporters for Capital One Cup home games.”
We asked a young fan for his views on the matter but he looked at us in a surly fashion while smoking skunk and sexting on his iPhone before nicking our wallet and BMXing to freedom.
Ah, the youth of today!