AISA calls for ticket price freeze
AISA has called on the Club to freeze all ticket charges for next season, and put in place a structure that will offer season-ticket holders improved discounts in future years.
Writing to Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, AISA chair Gavin Silvey said:
"On the subject of prices for home matches for the 2012-13 season we found complete unanimity that the Club would be well advised to make an early announcement that no increases will be made to matchday prices.
"The current environment that exists at Arsenal, in football generally and in the outside world, all clearly point to this being the correct decision. We would also like to strongly recommend that the Club review the minimal discount offered to season-ticket holders, with a view to committing itself to increasing that discount over a period of time.
"The discount currently offered is the lowest, we believe, of any professional club in existence. Whilst we like Arsenal being world-leaders this is a title we would gladly relinquish!
"We know that the Club will be carefully considering its options at this time, and we would strongly recommend to you the course of action we outline and furthermore that supporters groups be more fully involved in discussion about future ticketing prices and proposals.
"When Arsene Wenger led the Club to his first league and cup 'double' the most expensive matchday seat at Highbury was less than £30; less than what is now the cheapest seat at The Emirates Stadium.
"The Club sought to justify this season's increases by pointing out that they were only the second such rises since the move to the new stadium. AISA would point out that the cost of the most expensive seat to watch David Platt score the winner against Manchester United in the double season referred to was £29; the equivalent seat for last week's match cost over £100. Other seats have increased by similar percentages, and club level seats are, of course, even more expensive.
"We do hope you accept our recommendations and look forward to hearing from you."