When it comes to season tickets, we always hear about how Arsenal’s is the most expensive in the Premier League (it isn’t as it gives more games than the others) but Spurs look set to ensure they take all the season ticket headlines with their latest move.
If you weren’t an Arsenal fan, you might have a little sympathy for Spurs.
A new stadium, built a decade after their neighbours and fiercest rivals, that cost twice what it was supposed to and opened a year late that’s now unable to be used properly because of the pandemic and the fact people can’t crowd together
Because of the debt that now hangs around their neck, Spurs have become the first club to ask fans to cough up a deposit towards their season ticket for next season despite having no clue when fans will be allowed back into stadiums or how that is even going to work.
The extra seats Spurs installed to ensure they had a slightly bigger capacity than Arsenal must seem like a genius idea now. As long as you leave aside the fact the Emirates was designed to have its capacity increased well beyond that of Spurs’ toilet bowl anyway so it was pointless in the first place.
Spurs have now asked season ticket holders to pay 20 per cent of next season’s price by 7 August to ensure they remain on the list for the season. They are the first club to ask fans to cough up, not long after taking a £175m handout from the government.
Even that won’t guarantee you a seat, however, with ballots likely to take place to determine who gets one in reduced-capacity stadiums when they finally re-open.
Unsurprisingly, the article in Saturday’s Daily Mail doesn’t mention the price of Spurs season tickets.
That’s because they will be the most expensive in the Premier League, even if you don’t factor in a per-game basis. I.e. they will be more expensive than Arsenal’s and you will get fewer games included.
Look out for those headlines.
They’ll be hard to spot.