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.
@City_Watch 15 quid, pointless cash grab. For a team who constantly gets jibes about its attendance and makes a vast amount in TV revenue.
— Ray Zinderbar (@RayZinderbar) May 2, 2017
— Pete Jones (@MCFCJonesy) May 2, 2017
@City_Watch £20 increase for mine: Colin Bell Stand level 1. No need.
— Owen (@owen_wynn) May 2, 2017
@City_Watch £10, the City suits taking the piss as per usual.
— radioactivity70 (@philiph2011) May 2, 2017
@City_Watch 55k average 15 quid 825,000k seriously what's the point.
— K Ledger (@kiersledger) May 2, 2017
Apropos of nothing, the revenue generated from the season ticket increases is likely to be less than Wilfried Bony earns in a month.
— Ric Turner (@bluemoon_mcfc) May 2, 2017
In line with inflation, City?
@City_Watch £20 or 2.5% which is above average inflation over the year.
— (((Kippax637))) (@kippax637) May 2, 2017
@City_Watch £15. Nearly 100% increase in 10 years. 😭
— Gtf79 (@applehead79) May 2, 2017
Every price increase leads to more long-serving Blues calling it a day.
@City_Watch £20 but I won't be renewing now. Enough is Enough. Long term season ticket holder saying goodbye
— The Invisible Man (@Invisible1894) May 2, 2017
Those who do not pack it in may sacrifice a cup scheme to afford the rising costs of watching their team.
@City_Watch Mine's gone up £20 but ditching CL scheme so club loses min £100 net. No increase, I keep schemes & might have even gone back to Platinum.
— PrestwichBlue (@PrestwichBlue) May 2, 2017
Not everyone is affected, particularly up in the gods.
@City_Watch Mine has stayed the same…South stand level 3. I moved up there when it opened, due to my ticket in the east stand going up to £800.
— Daniel Oakes (@DpoCTID) May 2, 2017
@City_Watch £0 I think. South Stand Level 3.
— Tim Foulds (@timfoulds) May 2, 2017
But is it really worth it? Premier League clubs are richer than ever.
— Asa Thorp (@asa_thorp) May 2, 2017
After the TV money, why would they need to generate another £500k? In football terms that's nothing. https://t.co/ogTTLsOH9h
— Sam Ward (@SamJWard23) May 2, 2017
Absolute joke that they have even increased- should be decreased for a couple of years by 5%, 1/2m loss wouldn't affect the club at all. https://t.co/qvZY83SwgM
— Jack (@JackHeale) May 2, 2017
Here’s a view that increases are fine, because Arsenal fans pay £1,200 or more.
@City_Watch £15 which is nothing, so not bothered at all. Everyone whinging about that should be glad we're not paying £1200 minimum like Arsenal
— Ben Sargent (@BenSarge1) May 2, 2017
Few are happy with these increases, but not everyone is unhappy.
@City_Watch Gone up by £15 but my little brothers has gone down my £80. Same seats but in the 17-18 category! Can't complain
— MortimerCTID (@MortimerCTID) May 2, 2017
@City_Watch Mine is up £20, not extortionate but wrong in principle in current climate!? Still at only about £1 a game I'm in!!!
— Nigel Wilkinson (@25FernaFan) May 2, 2017
Those multi-million pound deals won’t pay for themselves!
— D. Clark (@D_Clark19) May 2, 2017