Town's new season ticket prices revealed

PREMIER League football for 43p a game.Okay you have to be under-11, and Jim Magilton has to get his side to the promised-land first but that is among the range of offers Ipswich Town have included in their new season deal package for next season.

Derek Davis

PREMIER League football for 43p a game.

Okay you have to be under-11, and Jim Magilton has to get his side to the promised-land first but that is among the range of offers Ipswich Town have included in their new season deal package for next season.

For the rest of season ticket holders who renew before April 13 there is the chance to watch top flight football at half of what you are currently paying price next season, or the one after that if the dream doesn't materialise this year.


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That could mean an adult watching Town pit their wits against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester United for as little as £184.

The deal is part of the club's Premier League price pledge where Town will refund almost £2m to 13,123 season ticket holders who qualify for the 50 per cent rebate. They are fans who have been a season ticket holder for the past two years, while those bought season tickets last year while get a 20 per cent pay back.

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For those supporters who are not existing season ticket holders the price goes up by 5.7 per cent, which means an adult paying £596 instead of £565 for those who are renewing although anyone buying after April 13th will pay £703 for the same seat.

Although Norwich City fans will pay £366 to renew in the Barclay Stand, and it would be £375 for a Bristol City supporters buying his season ticket in the Micra Wedlock stand, even if they are promoted.

Ipswich insist the average cost for Blues fans is cheaper at £15.10 and they are doing their bit to make it affordable.

While Blues chief executive Derek Bowden said: “We have frozen prices as we promised we would do and rescued prices for the under-11s.

“We will continue to run price promotions for season ticket holders and schools promotions.

“If you look at 43p a game for under-11 is extraordinary value, you can't buy a lolly for that.

“Given we have a fixed cost base, a prize freeze for this year and next year coupled with a he promise of a 50 per cent rebate on Premiership football does a lot for those supporters who find watching football expensive.”

Operating costs have risen so much over the past couple of years that the club expect to run at a loss of around £2m a year and all the money raised by season tickets goes towards those costs.

Bowden said: “This money goes towards our running costs. The investment that Marcus puts into the football club subsidises that while the main funds for the playing squad comes from Marcus' investment.”

Due to the way credit card companies stagger payments, and charge interest to supporters, the club encourages fans who want to spread payments to use their new interest-free direct debit scheme.

The club launched the season-ticket sales under the banner 'Operation Premiership' highlighting the excellent home record, one league defeat at Portman Road this season, and the investment made by mystery new owner Marcus Evans which has allowed Jim Magilton to bring in five new players during the January transfer window and go shopping for a couple of loan players.

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