Manchester United freeze ticket prices for next season in attempt to appease fans

24 March 2010 05:01
Following discussions involving the Glazers and senior officials at Old Trafford, United have informed the club's 55,000 season ticket holders that prices for the 2010/11 season will remain at the same levels as this campaign.[LNB]Match-by-match ticket prices for United members will also be pegged at this season's rates of between £27 and £49, with concessionary prices for seniors and juniors remaining the reduced prices of £20 and £10 respectively.[LNB] Related ArticlesHargreaves return a painful oneKlinsmann backs Rooney for European accoladePremier League predictionsGarrido: Tevez is Man City's RooneyRibery fit to face United in Champions LeagueFernando Torres escapes further penaltyWith the club's recent bond issue, which raised £500 million, highlighting a debt of £716.5 million, the threat of a rise in ticket prices had been raised in the bond prospectus.[LNB]That prospect led to the rapid growth of the supporter-led green-and-gold campaign aimed at driving the Glazers out of Old Trafford. The Red Knights, a group of wealthy individuals planning to raise funds for a takeover bid, have also urged fans to boycott season ticket renewals in order to hit the Glazers' revenue streams.[LNB]But with the Glazers now announcing a price-freeze, the Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST) claim that the green-and-gold campaign has influenced the surprise move.[LNB]MUST chief executive Duncan Drasdo said: 'There's no way that the owners would have done anything than increase prices significantly if the campaign hadn't grown.[LNB]'The green and gold in the stands has obviously got the people in Tampa rattled and they're trying to buy off supporters. I don't believe that will happen.[LNB]'We know that 75 pence in every pound of profit leaves the club. The Glazers are very bad for the club. We've had huge ticket prices in the past so a freeze now is just a freeze at very high prices.'[LNB]Meanwhile, Darzie Glazer, the Manchester United non-executive director, has fuelled supporter hostility towards the club's owners by purchasing a $20.5 million mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.[LNB]The five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home, which includes a swimming pool and boat dock, has been acquired by Darcie, and husband Joel Kassewitz, just two months after the prospectus for the £500 million bond prospectus aimed at easing United's £716.5 million debt revealed that the Glazers have taken £23 million out of the club in fees and personal loans.[LNB]The Glazers, who can take a dividend of £25 million at any time during the length of the seven-year bond, have previously been described as 'leeches' by fans' groups aiming to drive the Americans out of the club.[LNB]

Source: Telegraph