2009/10 Division 3 season ticket comparisons
Following on from last week's annoucement on season ticket prices I did some research* on other clubs in the League One to see how the cost of going to The Valley
compared with that at other grounds, and despite many misgivings it does stand up to some scrutiny.
Only sat at the New Den, Stadium MK (Dons), Walkers (if Leicester don't get promoted), Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium, Banks Stadium (that's Walsall, get used to some of these names) and Yeovil's Huish Park, where £270 won't even get you a seat can an Adult pay less than at The Valley.
Brighton, Hereford, Hartlepool, Cheltenham, Bristol Rovers, Oldham and Scunthorpe have all yet to announce their new prices and I must add that Huddersfield are doing a fantastic £99 early bird Adult special until June 1st in their Family Stand. It still amazes me why Charlton have not considered a similiar offer.
£290 to sit in the lower tier of the Covered End fares pretty well then, the cheapest seats at Elland Road are £431, at Southend to sit on a converted terrace will set you back £420! And no they haven't moved yet, that is in 2010/11.
Swindon Town charge at their lowest rate £349. Heaven help you if it rains, and at Northampton's Sixfields they are charging £350 for the cheapest seat in the Dave Bowen Stand.
Most clubs are however offering differing prices for renewing early, family combos or discounted deals to existing holders. Charlton are not.
The most expensive seat at The Valley next season will be in the middle of the West and East at £425. More than the most expensive seats at every club that has announced it's prices except Leeds United (£636), Leicester (£515) and Colchester United (£546.... shocking).
So sitting in the lower tier of the Covered End for £12.60 a game, and it's cheaper in the NW Family Quadrant, is still very good value but I think the many who like to sit on the halfway line will certainly, if they renew, be paying a higher price to watch their club than the majority of teams in Division 3 next season. Whilst the pricing is more attractive perhaps to younger fans and juniors, the older crowd who want to sit in the middle of the East and West Stands are being penalised, something the board and the target 40,000 committee need to address.
Here are the cheapest and most expensive seats at clubs who have announced their 2009/10 season ticket prices in League One:
Leicester' Walker Stadium £285 / £515
Peterborough's London Road £320 / £425
Millwall's New Den £270 / £370
MK Dons' MK Stadium £265 / £420
Leeds' Elland Road £431/ £636
Tranmere's Prenton Park £304 / £361
Southend's Roots Hall £420 / £420
Colchester's Community Stadium £342 / £546
Huddersfield Town's Galpharm Stadium £170 / £379
Stockport's Edgeley Road £287.50 / £322
Walsall Banks' Stadium £280 / £360
Yeovil's Huish Park £270 / £342
Swindon's wet County Ground £349 / £399
Carlisle's 'famous' Brunton Park £310 / £390
Northampton's Sixfields £350 / £410
Scunthorpe, Oldham, Bristol Rovers, Hartlepool, Brighton, Hereford and Cheltenham all yet to announce.
*Prices are for a single Adult season ticket and as per clubs' official websites and don't take into account any special offers.