Arsenal have confirmed that they will increase the price of all tickets for the 2022/23 season, despite the fact that the stadium is currently the most costly in the Premier League.
The club stated in an official statement that the decision was “not made lightly,” but that season tickets and matchday tickets will increase significantly by 4% for the next campaign.
Arsenal’s cheapest available season ticket for the 2021/22 season was £891, and this is £84 more costly than rivals Tottenham, who have the second-highest pricing, while third-placed Liverpool’s lowest season ticket is much less expensive at £685.
After the price increase, Arsenal‘s lowest season ticket would cost around £927 per year -for home Premier League matches exclusively- a total of 19 matches at an average cost of £48.70 each game.
The average general admission season ticket price will rise by £49 to £1,268 if they qualify for the Champions League.
There will be an increase of £44 to £1,139 if they reach the Europa League, and an increase of £40 to £1,050 if they once again fail to qualify for European competition.
“We recognize that no one welcomes price increases, and this decision has not been taken lightly,” Arsenal said in a statement on Monday.
“Ultimately in the face of continued rising costs, we need to continue to drive growth in all our revenue streams – including match day – as part of our aim to return finances to a break-even position in the medium term.”
Arsenal Supporters Trust (AST) respond:
“When presented with news of the increase at the recent Arsenal Advisory Board (AAB) and Fans Forum, the AST representatives present argued against the case for any increase.
“Arsenal’s position is that in light of costs increasing much faster than revenues (and now consistently being in a loss-making territory) they need to develop all of their revenue streams to move the club back to financial sustainability.
“They also pointed out this is the first across the board ticket price increase in seven seasons. This price increase is forecast to generate an extra £3.8million in the 2022-23 season.
“We pointed out to the club that in recent years they have secured big increases to other commercial and broadcast revenue streams and that the Premier League have just announced further big increases to future broadcast revenues and UEFA forecasting further increases too.
“Arsenal can also expect a significant increase in their ticketing revenues as a result of likely qualification for European competitions next season. On average Arsenal gross £3m per home game.”
Arsenal’s CEO Vinai Venkatesham also revealed the club is planning to make investments to revamp Emirates Stadium this year.