Why are English premier league football games so hysterically expensive? Can a visitor from New York attend an Arsenal game without spending $200+
They aren't, particularly. You can get into a Premiership game for as little as £30. The problems come when (a) you want to see the fashionable clubs and (b) you want to book more than a few weeks in advance.
Clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea (given you've posted in the London forum) are very popular. Most of their home seats are taken up by season ticket holders. For away games, they get allocated just a few thousand seats, which quickly sell out to season ticket holders (who get first dibs). So, if you have to see those clubs, you find you have to go either "hospitality agents" (for hospitality deals - box seats plus a meal) or to touts (most of whom are selling illegally).
For the less fashionable clubs, it can be quite easy to get tickets, but tickets only go on sale from the clubs a few weeks before the game.
<<Why are English premier league football games so hysterically expensive? Can a visitor from New York attend an Arsenal game without spending $200+>>
Market forces. Arsenal's ground holds 60,000. They play 19 home league games per season and they can sell every seat at least once. They have a wait list of season ticket holders, as do other clubs in the Premier League. To attract the best players in the world, they pay the best wages and charge the fans top dollar to see them.
These clubs aren't a tourist attraction, they are part of a competitive business supported by local supporters who have been there to support their club for years and they are mostly happy to pay £30-£50 for a seat.
If you want a cheaper game, check out the Championship (second tier). Charlton, QPR, Crystal Palace or Watford are worth a watch, good atmosphere, decent games at bargain prices.
How much would a ticket be to go and watch the Yankees play the Red Sox in March?
If you join the membership scheme then you get a chance to purchase the tickets along with the other members. These always sell out very quickly. Hospitality packages are outrageously priced and I would have to be very desperate to pay.
A good alternative is Fulham, they are in the Premier league, poorly supported and nearly always have tickets available. They are popular with tourists for this reason and even have a section for "neutrals".
Yankees-Red Sox in March 2009: $45.
Yankees - Red Sox in March is pre season friendly, if you wish to visit Arsenal for a pre-season friendly then you will find tickets easy to come by.
Yankees - Red Sox in the regular season is nearly impossible to get a ticket for, I have tried several times.
>>>Yankees - Red Sox in March is pre season friendly<<<
There is nothing friendly about a Red Sox- Yankmees game. :-D
It was a double sided question. 1. To highlight the relationship between getting tickets for first class sporting events. 2. Because I’m in New York that week and the Yankees site (for whatever reason) was not letting me make a purchase.
Anyway, thanks for the link. Tickets have now been purchased.
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