Arsenal fans unhappy with price hikes
Arsenal Independent Supporters' Association has expressed disappointment over the club's announcement to increase ticket prices for next season.
A club statement from the Barclays Premier League leaders on Thursday evening confirmed the three per cent increase 'in line with inflation' for next season.
AISA chair Lois Langton hopes the club will continue their dialogue over freezing the cost of season-ticket renewals, some of which can cost 1,900 GBP, with a decision yet to be confirmed either way.
"AISA has always been committed to securing affordable ticket prices for supporters which has resulted in some positive developments in recent seasons, including the introduction of the Young Guns enclosure and category C tickets. Whilst it is the case that this is only the third ticket price increase in the last nine years, the announcement will be met with disappointment by many supporters," Langton told Press Association Sport.
"AISA believes that it is vital that football, both at the Emirates Stadium and at away grounds, is accessible to as many supporters as possible.
"AISA will continue its dialogue with the club with regard to (the) freezing of season ticket prices for the 2014/15 season, in respect of which an announcement has not yet been made, and will also continue to campaign for reductions across the league in away ticket prices."
Arsenal's statement highlighted no increases for some concession tickets at the 60,000-seater stadium.
The club statement read: "Arsenal Football Club has announced it will be increasing its ticket prices by three per cent, in line with inflation, next season.
"It will be only the third across-the-board increase on prices in the nine seasons the club will have been at Emirates Stadium.
"Prices within the Family or Young Guns Enclosure for Team JGs (four to 16 years) and Young Guns (12 to 16 years) to attend B and C category matches will remain unchanged at £10.
"Season ticket holders' individual prices will be communicated at the time of renewal. Renewals for Club Level season tickets will begin in February."
In January 2013, Manchester City returned some 912 unsold tickets for their travelling fans at the Emirates Stadium, which had been set at Â£62 by Arsenal.
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