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“A pointless cash grab”, “I won’t be renewing!”: Man City fans bemused by season card price rises

Earlier today, Manchester City announced season card renewal information ahead of the 2017-18 season. Fans reported different levels of price rises, while some said they’d experienced no hikes following last year’s freezes. Unfortunately, price freezes appear to be a rarity around the stadium with an average of two per cent in increases.

We polled Blues on Twitter about their season card costs for next season (99 respondents).

9 told us that their season card prices have been frozen.
4 told us that their child’s season card price had increased by £5.
11 told us that their season card price had increased by £10.
51 told us that their season card price had increased by £15.
17 told us that their season card price had increased by £20.
1 told us that their season card price had increased by £25.
2 told us that their season card price had increased by £35.
4 told us that their season card price had increased by £50 to £60.

Opinions we have received on social media have been largely negative. Though the increases are quite small on paper, prices have been going up and up for a long time now (last year being an exception). City put it down to ‘inflation and matchday costs’, according to the Manchester Evening News – food, drink and merchandise prices have also gone up in recent years.

Some season tickets remain £299 high up in level 3, but they are few in quantity compared to the rest of the stadium, most of whom are having to pay a little (in a few cases, a lot) extra. Some have stated that they will drop cup scheme membership in light of the latest ticket prices. Much of the negative feedback centers around the fact that Premier League clubs are swimming in money from new television deals, making these increases (which could total less than £1 million in extra revenue) unnecessary.

The 1894 Group have spoken out against price hikes just weeks after Pep Guardiola called for an improvement in atmosphere. Sorry Pep, but the more diehards the club price out, the less noise there’s likely to be.

After asking fans on Twitter, here is some of the feedback.

Quite a few believe the club are profiteering (or ‘taking the piss’, if you will) here.

In line with inflation, City?

Every price increase leads to more long-serving Blues calling it a day.

Those who do not pack it in may sacrifice a cup scheme to afford the rising costs of watching their team.

Not everyone is affected, particularly up in the gods.

But is it really worth it? Premier League clubs are richer than ever.

Here’s a view that increases are fine, because Arsenal fans pay £1,200 or more.

Few are happy with these increases, but not everyone is unhappy.

Those multi-million pound deals won’t pay for themselves!

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