POLL: Ipswich Town fans continue to pay above the Championship average for their footballing fare
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Ipswich Town may not have the most expensive season ticket in the Championship anymore, but a new survey shows that Blues fans are still paying above average for their footballing fare.
The findings come from the annual BBC Sport Price of Football study, now in its fourth year.
The Blues offered a top-end season ticket for £1,061 ahead of the 2013/14 campaign – more than double what the majority of Championship clubs were capping their prices at.
Town’s most expensive season ticket dropped to £805 for the 2014/15 campaign, though that still works out £231.50 above the average for the division.
Only newly-relegated west London-based club Fulham had something more expensive within English football’s second tier for this season at £839.
Indeed, 11 of the 20 Premier League clubs didn’t provide a season ticket as expensive as Ipswich’s top price.
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Ipswich’s cheapest season ticket (based on the early bird deadline) was £399 – that’s £64.67 above average. Only six other clubs in the division – Rotherham, Bournemouth, Leeds, Norwich, Middlesbrough and Brighton – had more expensive starting prices.
Norfolk neighbours Norwich had the most expensive starter price season ticket in the Championship at £499.50. Eleven Premier League clubs – including Manchester City – offered something cheaper.
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Town’s match-day pricing ranges from £23.50 to £34.50 this season, with the average being £19.73 to £35.02.
The survey shows that the average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011. The average price of the cheapest match day ticket from the Premier League to League Two has increased 13%, compared to a 6.8% increase in the cost of living during that time.
In the Premier League, the increase is 15.8%, while it is 31.7% in League One and 19% in League Two. In the Championship, however, the average price has dropped 3.2%.
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