Arsenal add £18.15 surcharge on season tickets for 2016/17
Arsenal add £18.15 surcharge on season tickets for 2016/17

Arsenal have written to season ticket holders to inform them that there will be an £18.15 surcharge added to the cost of their season tickets for the 2016/17 season.

I received the email informing me of this yesterday morning, the full text is below.

It’s a particularly petty additional cost to levy on season ticket holders.

Particularly after the club announced in June that there will be a price freeze on all general admission and club level season and matchday tickets for next season.

Sky and BT Sport have paid a record £5.136bn for live Premier League TV rights for three seasons from 2016-17.

The figure represents a 70% increase on Sky and BT’s current £3bn deal.

The new Premier League TV deal means the club that finishes bottom of the Premier League in the 2016-17 season will pocket £99m.

The champions will earn more than £150m in prize money and that is before additional fees are paid to clubs who stage more TV matches than others.

Yet despite all the money coming into the clubs, it’s still the supporters who are penalised at every turn.

The BBC’s latest Price of Football survey showed that the average price of cheapest tickets in England has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011.

That’s without additional ‘stealth’ costs being added.

Premier League clubs meet today and are being lobbied by fans’ groups to review ticket prices.

It’s highly unlikely that there will be any agreement from the clubs to review ticketing pricing despite all the additional money they will be receiving from 2016/17 onwards.

Text of statement from Arsenal Football Club to Season Ticket Holders: 4 February 2016 on £18.15 surcharge

As you will probably be aware, your Arsenal season ticket (Membership Number *******) includes admission to all 19 home Premier League matches, as well as the first seven home cup ties in European competitions and the FA Cup (subject to match categorisation) – the Capital One Cup is not included.

Each season ticket consists of 26 categorised matches. The structure of each season ticket is based on six category A matches; 14 category B matches; and six category C matches.

Depending on the number of matches played in a season and the categories assigned to them, this could result in a refund or additional cost to the price of your season ticket. For example, at the start of this season (2015/2016), all season ticket holders received a cup tie credit refund. This represented the difference between a category B and a category C fixture from pre-paid cup tie credits during the previous 2014/15 season.

As a result of our continued progress in cup competitions this season, our FA Cup Fifth Round home match against Hull City on the weekend of 19/20/21/22 February is the sixth cup credit for the 2015/16 season and will be a category C match.

Consequently, our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 fixture against FC Barcelona, to be played on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 will be our seventh cup tie credit of the season and has been designated as a category A fixture.

Due to the number of matches played this season and the categories assigned to them, there will be an additional cost to your season ticket for the 2016/17 of £18.15. This additional cost will be added to your renewal price for next season..