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Football is always meant to be the working mans game, let's not forget that. Just wondering people's views on our ticket prices nowadays? We're playing some blinding football at the moment fair enough, and hopefully on our way to the Championship! (Don't speak too soon) but to me personally our ticket prices still seem pretty pricey.

When I speak to my Chelsea, West Ham, Spurs etc mates, they can't believe what we charge and I'm happy to pay it and support the club in the money sense but I can't help but think if we charged a little less we could increase our fan base and get a few more in?

They say themselves if it was a bit cheaper, they'd come down etc when playing away...

I just think we should keep up the "pay what you can" and bundle schemes etc, cracking ideas.

Our average ticket prices though what you thinking?

To your average Joe in his 20's the increase from a fiver to 20 odd pound, is an increase that is difficult to take...
 

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The price of a Family Ticket is very good value.
 

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Football is always meant to be the working mans game, let's not forget that. Just wondering people's views on our ticket prices nowadays? We're playing some blinding football at the moment fair enough, and hopefully on our way to the Championship! (Don't speak too soon) but to me personally our ticket prices still seem pretty pricey.

When I speak to my Chelsea, West Ham, Spurs etc mates, they can't believe what we charge and I'm happy to pay it and support the club in the money sense but I can't help but think if we charged a little less we could increase our fan base and get a few more in?

They say themselves if it was a bit cheaper, they'd come down etc when playing away...

I just think we should keep up the "pay what you can" and bundle schemes etc, cracking ideas.

Our average ticket prices though what you thinking?

To your average Joe in his 20's the increase from a fiver to 20 odd pound, is an increase that is difficult to take...
"Chelsea fans can't believe what we charge". They're having a laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've taken early retirement so I've lost my monthly income. Am I complaining? No, I'm paying to see the best football I've ever seen at BFC. Good value for money as far as I'm concerned.
 

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Football is always meant to be the working mans game, let's not forget that. Just wondering people's views on our ticket prices nowadays? We're playing some blinding football at the moment fair enough, and hopefully on our way to the Championship! (Don't speak too soon) but to me personally our ticket prices still seem pretty pricey.

When I speak to my Chelsea, West Ham, Spurs etc mates, they can't believe what we charge and I'm happy to pay it and support the club in the money sense but I can't help but think if we charged a little less we could increase our fan base and get a few more in?

They say themselves if it was a bit cheaper, they'd come down etc when playing away...

I just think we should keep up the "pay what you can" and bundle schemes etc, cracking ideas.

Our average ticket prices though what you thinking?

To your average Joe in his 20's the increase from a fiver to 20 odd pound, is an increase that is difficult to take...
Our crowds this season would suggest our pricing is fine. Believe our lowest league gate is circa 5600.
 
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"Chelsea fans can't believe what we charge". They're having a laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've taken early retirement so I've lost my monthly income. Am I complaining? No, I'm paying to see the best football I've ever seen at BFC. Good value for money as far as I'm concerned.
Yeah, I'm not condoning what they charge either and I wouldn't set foot in the Matthew Harding for a fiver what I am saying is I still think we could lower the price a little. Sheffield United, don't like them as a club but tenner for the cheapest adult ticket?

Deffo good football yes, but I know mates who are priced out of it now. Just sad I think.
 

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Yeah, I'm not condoning what they charge either and I wouldn't set foot in the Matthew Harding for a fiver what I am saying is I still think we could lower the price a little. Sheffield United, don't like them as a club but tenner for the cheapest adult ticket?

Deffo good football yes, but I know mates who are priced out of it now. Just sad I think.
Trouble is, every time you reduce the prices there is only one person picking up the bill. It isn't you or me that's for sure.
 
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Trouble is, every time you reduce the prices there is only one person picking up the bill. It isn't you or me that's for sure.
That's such a good point you've raised that's what I mean. Can only think all they'll be able to do is increase the prices at Lionel Road too.
 

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Brentford FC's price structure is fine as it is, offering great value for money at the moment.

£5 for Under 18's is excellent value. Do other clubs offer this? I bet most go to Under 14 or 16.
Advanced Student prices £12-£14 offers good value to those in further education as they are more than likely on a tight budget.
Adults £20 to stand and £21 to £22 to sit, prices in Advance of the game, is still excellent value. Compare our prices to others.
Seniors are classed from 60 and over, any other club offer that? £14 to £16 in advance.

Match-day prices rise by only £2 across the board apart from Junior prices.

Family tickets of 2 adults and 2 children are just £35. On the day £40, still great value.

Check out and compare our prices to every other club in League 1 (and League 2 come to that) and then comeback with what you believe is a fair price to watch League 1 football.

Also, compare Championship prices too. What is the average?
 

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Brentford FC's price structure is fine as it is, offering great value for money at the moment.

£5 for Under 18's is excellent value. Do other clubs offer this? I bet most go to Under 14 or 16.
Advanced Student prices £12-£14 offers good value to those in further education as they are more than likely on a tight budget.
Adults £20 to stand and £21 to £22 to sit, prices in Advance of the game, is still excellent value. Compare our prices to others.
Seniors are classed from 60 and over, any other club offer that? £14 to £16 in advance.

Match-day prices rise by only £2 across the board apart from Junior prices.

Family tickets of 2 adults and 2 children are just £35. On the day £40, still great value.

Check out and compare our prices to every other club in League 1 (and League 2 come to that) and then comeback with what you believe is a fair price to watch League 1 football.

Also, compare Championship prices too. What is the average?
I'd throw in geography into the matter as surely tax etc on London property would be much higher than say a more northern town such as Carlisle. Stadium upkeep too plays a factor. Older stadiums, such as ours, cost more to run I'd imagine for safety reasons etc, whilst newer stadiums are a bit more robust.
 
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We have a difficult catchment though, we could nip so many other supporters from Chelsea, QPR, Fulham etc even the Reading lot etc before they make the wrong choice.

Five pound is yes, but why the jump? Why not stagger it again with a young people's rate alongside the student rate? Half the students down there, don't have a clue about football only down there because there uni is near and it's something to do, then the idea that they get it cheaper than me I feel is somewhat unfair.

Leeds United? One of the biggest clubs in England, for a while Europe. Supporters club across the globe. A score for an adult ticket tomorrow night? Tenner for a junior? That's value. They say you can do a day at Shef United on under a score 17.70. Ticket. Tea. Programme. Pie.
 

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Appears only on the family day, something we've done before right - on top of pay what you can?

Gillingham was reduced prices and didn't really improve the gate as much.
I gathered that. I'm assuming LP probably read the BBC ticket prices piece they did in September when some clubs gave duff info. How many 'family days' do Sheffield United do? Compare that to Brentford FC's Pay What You Can scheme, lower prices for certain matches, bring a friend for £5, plus all the other deals and offers they do throughout the season.
 
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I gathered that. I'm assuming LP probably read the BBC ticket prices piece they did in September when some clubs gave duff info. How many 'family days' do Sheffield United do? Compare that to Brentford FC's Pay What You Can scheme, lower prices for certain matches, bring a friend for £5, plus all the other deals and offers they do throughout the season.
Fair shout then. Yeah read that back in September, I'd at least like to see a young adults rate though.
 

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They say you can do a day at Shef United on under a score 17.70. Ticket. Tea. Programme. Pie.
Only for certain matches each season. Check the small print.

Other clubs offer Junior prices for Under 12's, Under 14's, Under 16's, etc I've paid £16 for a Junior, this season, that's a disgrace. I think Brentford are the only ones offering a flat entrance fee for Under 18's and below.
 

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Fair shout then. Yeah read that back in September, I'd at least like to see a young adults rate though.
Why? If they're working, £20 to stand is great value, Students get a good deal, as do Seniors.
 
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Only for certain matches each season. Check the small print.

Other clubs offer Junior prices for Under 12's, Under 14's, Under 16's, etc I've paid £16 for a Junior, this season, that's a disgrace. I think Brentford are the only ones offering a flat entrance fee for Under 18's and below.
Yes, read it and the BBC titled it as something far different.
 

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Most of your "Young Adults" piss out more than the entrance fee to Griffin Park every weekend. They can afford a beer or two, £20 to watch football is nothing nowadays, plus, I bet most parents still subsidize their young adults to live at home.....
 
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Most of your "Young Adults" piss out more than the entrance fee to Griffin Park every weekend. They can afford a beer or two, £20 to watch football is nothing nowadays, plus, I bet most parents still subsidize their young adults to live at home.....
Wycombe charge 15 quid with membership for terraces, 9 quid up to 25?
 

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Whilst the club does some excellent offers (Kids, Seniors, Pay what You Can, discounts like Gillingham etc), I have to say the general Adult 'walk-up' price is expensive, when you consider that it is 3rd tier* football in an outdated stadium.

But when I consider the fact that it is London, and BFC is costing the Owner five million big ones a season to cover the losses on the playing side alone, I accept that it has to be that way.

Meanwhile, the fact that the team is currently playing entertaining and winning football is a bonus, since all I normally expect for my money is that the team be reasonably well organised and show 100% effort.



* - And when Bees dropped down to League Two, I have to say I rather resented the admission prices, even though I could afford them.
 

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I do agree that the walk up prices can be expensive. However, why not get an advanced ticket or "super six booklet". Most clubs in the top two tiers of football offer reduced prices to members who purchase on a regular basis. Our crowds are increasing as the results improve. The reduced rates for students, young adults and family are good value imho, Our season tickets rates are good too, but this season I got the early bird reduced rate and I be doing that again next season (although I expect prices to go up quite alot if we in the championship, but we may still not know which diverson we will in when earlybird is on sale in April or May). Most of our league games tickets go on general sale, meaning anyone can buy advanced tickets at reduced prices without even being a club member or prior booking history (except wolves).
 
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You're prices are reasonable.

Knocking a fiver off the prices won't increase the crowd by 33% to recoup the income.

It's an ongoing debate on the Oldham messageboard. £19-£20 for a seat at BP is one of the cheapest in the division. People moan about price, but I'd suggest it's more about the results on the pitch than the actual money. When the owner did a "five games for £15" offer a couple of seasons ago he got anonymous death threats from somebody claiming to be a season ticket holder and it only added 1,000 to attendances.
 

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My good god let me get in my time machine to get a deal...

West end shows 30-80 quid

Cinema 9-15 quid

Entrance to nightclubs 10

Entrance to some pubs after a certain hour 5-10
Music concert 15-100
Tower of London 21
Sky television 60 a month

Brentford is value for money and in line with entertainment industry.. If you want to be entertained for free museums are a option or watch football in betting shops or through the window in dixons..

Get a season ticket if you want real value works out at 13 quid a game to stand. If you can't afford a one of lump sum then you should learn to save or buy one with others...

Hate this something for nothing society
 

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Liverpool fan at work said arsenal vs Liverpool cup game ticket price - £93 !
Ok, this is probably the best quality players you will see. Take a family and it's the equivalent of a season ticket !
Compared to port vale away, think it was £18 on the gate and 7 year got in free, most league one prices looks ok to me.
Although Preston was £34, Bradford was about £28, Walsall £22 and Shrewsbury £22.

No complaints from me on bees prices, wish some other clubs in our league had similar pricing structures.
 

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Shrewsbury is 19
Preston 22

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Under 18's for a fiver is great! I've been to a few away games this season:
Gillingham: £12 or £14 (can't remember which)
Crawley: £7
Peterborough: £15

Great value, bring me mates down as it is affordable. At Church Road Hayes and Yeading used to charge £7 for under 16's!
 

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Sorry the club have to charge more for the young un's , to keep down the price for the old gits that sit there in silence , don't worry you will benefit in 40 years time.
 

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Port Vale have free admission to under twelves.
That is good value, and starts getting the next generation of football supporters in and watching the game.


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Orient £25 and Peterborough £28 walk up price.
 

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I would be complaing about the price if we were playing "dire ball" when AS was in charge. :thetruth:

With a club membership card you get a reduction for purchasing a ticket in advance. I think the prices are fair for a club in the big smoke. :sorted:

We are playing the best football I've ever seen at G.P, with a young squad being built for a tilt at the championship (hopefully next season). Hopefully with a new ground on the way the only way is up. :bound:

If you think our ticket prices are steep, speak to any Arsenal season ticket holder....................................................................! :banghead:
 

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We have a difficult catchment though, we could nip so many other supporters from Chelsea, QPR, Fulham etc even the Reading lot etc before they make the wrong choice.

Five pound is yes, but why the jump? Why not stagger it again with a young people's rate alongside the student rate? Half the students down there, don't have a clue about football only down there because there uni is near and it's something to do, then the idea that they get it cheaper than me I feel is somewhat unfair.

Leeds United? One of the biggest clubs in England, for a while Europe. Supporters club across the globe. A score for an adult ticket tomorrow night? Tenner for a junior? That's value. They say you can do a day at Shef United on under a score 17.70. Ticket. Tea. Programme. Pie.
I can save you money. When I was young, earning but didnt have much money, I went without the Tea (tastes disgusting) programme, and pie. There you are thats the best part of a tenner saved. Over the course of a season I have now saved you £230. If you pay basic rate tax then its the equivalent of £285 a year or equivalent to a 2.3% wage increase on the minimum wage.

No need to thank me
 

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personally as every game is an away game for me (live in southampton) its a costly affair having said that i think we are priced about right but i worry that the potential success championship football and one day maybe prem football i would struggle to cope with £30 plus tickets a game and thats my worry about the new stadium. i am hoping to bring my grandson along in a few years (the next generation) but not if the ticket prices go through the roof
 

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Port Vale have free admission to under twelves.
That is good value, and starts getting the next generation of football supporters in and watching the game.


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success is more likely to get young kids back rather then free admission... I've heard of so many fans flocking back to watch us now we're doing well
 

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Its a tough question to answer. £24 to sit, paying on the day, is certainly a lot more then I'd be willing to pay to watch league one football. £22 in advance is a little easier but once you factor in travel costs especially for those of us outside London it becomes an expensive day out. Against that though season tickets are incredibly good value for money if you can make 19-23 games a season. There is also the argument about how much MB has invested to keep the club going, do the fans need to do 'their bit' financially as well to sustain the quality of football we are enjoying at the moment? We all know the kind of players we are bringing in cost more then we can afford on gate money alone. Are adult tickets a bit higher to subsidise the cheap tickets for kids?

For me the on the day prices are too high to pay. No doubt I'll be at GP for the promotion party no matter the cost but at the moment going regularly is out of my financial reach. I dont blame Brentford for this though, its partly my own fault and also the cost of football in general, we dont charge anything more then our league counterparts (£25 to get in to Orient, Swindon? You can shove that up your arse :nono: ). A season ticket is the only way I could afford to go to every game and I'll almost certainly be renewing my lapsed one for next season. Would dropping the prices by, say, £5 have meant I could go more regularly? Probably not in all honesty, you still have to factor in travel costs and time. Dropping the price by anything more would be a ridiculous gamble for Brentford to take and I seriously doubt it would lead to a significantly higher average attendance. As is being shown at the moment, success is what brings the crowds in not price.
 

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The aim must be to maximise revenue, which must mean a balance between the number of people paying and how much each pays... as a gross simplification 10,000 people paying £15 bring in more than 5,000 paying £20... but I doubt if our gates are that price sensitive. You'd have to cut prices significantly to have any impact IMHO, and if you cut them by a third, that would mean you'd need to increase the crowd by 50% to bring in the same gate money (I know there would be a bit more from food, drink, programmes etc).

I think there are reductions for the unemployed and students as well as under 18s and OAPs, so full price is theoretically only paid by the waged

We'd all like them cheaper, but Matthew B is already putting in enough, so less gate money would mean less for players. You could certainly argue that footballers' wages are too high, but if you want to compete, you have to pay
 

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Our ticket prices our fine and there are plenty of initiaitves and deals that make it very affordable for families to attend. I got my son the Golden Junior season ticket, people don't believe me when I tell them how cheap this was, plus the £10 voucher and 10% off purchases in the club shop. There can't be many clubs that rival that for value.

Chuck in the initiatives we have done in the last 2 seasons, reduced admission for JPT, league and FA Cup games, pay what you can, season ticket holders able to buy cheap tickets, reduced admission for televised games, early bird discounts, free coach travel for certain games, 6 game bundles, silver ticket community initiative, family tickets.......I'm sure I've missed plenty but all evidence of the club trying to make getting to a game more affordable.

There is probably a wider issue regarding ticket prices across the football league but I think Brentford have got it pretty much right......attendances would suggest so to.
 

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If we have to factor in travel costs of non local bees perhaps we should factor in housing costs of local bees!!

I hate this poor me society wanting a quality product for peanuts!! How do you think the rest of us get through the gates of football grounds by working and managing our money.... Cutting back on other things we enjoying doing
 

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Some very good posts on here. There probably is a wider issue here in football with ticket prices. I think there may be an argument from varouis supporter clubs that money used from tv revenue should help reduce ticket prices. Its ridiculous the cost of tickets for place's like the Emirates and Stamford Bridge compared to top class football in Germany or Spain.
 

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When i was in my late teens and early 20's, I had a 600 quid a month mortgage, bills to pay and still managed to watch the Bees,
home and away. BFC is good value, even better now Mr. Benham encourages special deals.
As Hullbee stated, get a S/T and get your mates to come down when there's an offer on.
 

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Football is always meant to be the working mans game, let's not forget that. Just wondering people's views on our ticket prices nowadays? We're playing some blinding football at the moment fair enough, and hopefully on our way to the Championship! (Don't speak too soon) but to me personally our ticket prices still seem pretty pricey.

When I speak to my Chelsea, West Ham, Spurs etc mates, they can't believe what we charge and I'm happy to pay it and support the club in the money sense but I can't help but think if we charged a little less we could increase our fan base and get a few more in?

They say themselves if it was a bit cheaper, they'd come down etc when playing away...

I just think we should keep up the "pay what you can" and bundle schemes etc, cracking ideas.

Our average ticket prices though what you thinking?

To your average Joe in his 20's the increase from a fiver to 20 odd pound, is an increase that is difficult to take...
Ticket prices are fine and line with other clubs at our level. Plus, as you say, the product on the pitch is far superior to most clubs at our level so we must be getting better value than other supporters.

We have to appreciate the position we are in - yesterday's signing for example - and realise that MB can't do all he is plus let us in for £5 each. That's unreasonable and quite frankly a kick in the nuts for the guy who has probably saved us from lower half L2 disaster. The club run excellent promotions that if done too often lose there impact. If you did pay what you can once a month there would never be any urgency for people to attend as they could always put off until next time. Plus our family offering is one of the best.

In short get used to paying higher prices rather than expecting a reduction. Unless you want to return to the days of cheering on Lee Thorpe, Jon Mackie and Ricky Shakes of course.
 

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Just an observation but, when I went into ER this season, I queued behind about a dozen of what I took to be the "right side yoof" who seemed to think it hugely amusing that they could get in as under 18... and were practicing their birth date, just in case they were asked...
 

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How many pints would these mates drink before and after.
I bet they don't mind parting with 4 quid every time they have a drink.
 

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I bought my first adult season ticket this year - My birthday being two days after the allowed date or I would have still come under young adult or whatever it is. Difference was 80 odd quid.
 

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i think we should charge those yellow jacket crowd a bit to watch the bees, seeing as there getting paid while there watching a quality game ?? lol lol ps could do a deal for those out of work say a fiver a game and made to sit in hate corner which is allways empty ????
 

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