FA Cup - Fans fume over Cup final prices

Fri, 15 Apr 14:21:00 2011

The FA's decision to increase ticket prices for this year's FA Cup final by up to 22 per cent has been met with an angry response from fans.

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For the first time in the history of England's showpiece game, tickets will break the £100 barrier, with the most expensive tickets for the Wembley game costing £115.

For last year's final the most expensive seats cost £95.

This weekend the FA Cup semi-finals also take place at Wembley with tickets priced between £30 and £60 for those contests.

Manchester United face Manchester City in one of the semi-finals with Bolton and Stoke City playing in the other.

So far, Bolton are the only club who have not yet sold out their entire allocation.

However, fans say they will really feel the pinch if they have to make a return journey for the final, where even the cheapest tickets will be £45 – up £5 from last year.

"Sadly, the price rises aren't a surprise but they are scandalous," Pete Shaw, of United fanzine Red News is quoted as saying in the Mail.

"We read lots about the affordability of prices for the semi and then the sucker punch for whoever qualifies. Add hotel, travel, food and drink and you may as well call it the cost of a holiday."

Kevin Parker, secretary of the Manchester City Supporters' Club added: "If you can afford £115 for what will be our first FA Cup final since 1981, you will pay it but the reality is some people just can't afford it.

"Paying that amount of money for an FA Cup final, three weeks after a semi-final at Wembley, is a rip-off."

An FA spokesperson defended the prices, saying: "Our ticket price structure is in line with other major sporting events held in the country every year. Prices for this weekend's semi-final ties have not changed despite the increase in VAT."


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