we pay too much for our football?
class action - the football scoreboard at AS Monaco
As Yorkshire's football fans pay more for their seats, Morland
Sanders reveals that it's actually cheaper to fly abroad to watch a game.
take a cheap flight to the French Riviera for a European footballing treat - at
a fraction of the price in this country.
We also want to know if you'd be
tempted to swap your Yorkshire football team for a European club?
much does it cost you to follow your favourite team?
The cost of football
week, whatever the weather, hundreds of thousands of us throw on the team colours
and battle through the traffic to support our team.
the ticket or a big football rip off?|
And we pay handsomely
for the privilege of being a football supporter.
It's common for our supporters
to pay two to three times more than other European clubs.
But while our
ticket prices might be top of the league, in the value for money stakes we're
languishing in the relegation zone
Inside Out travelled to Monte Carlo to
try and give down-trodden fans an alternative - supporting AS Monaco.
AS Monaco are Monte Carlo's top team, a club steeped in
Two years ago they reached the Final of Europe's premier
competition, the Champion's League.
We decided to try supporting the club
for one week to see if it was cheaper than being a football fan in Yorkshire.
bought along a man who's not used to Premiership football, Leeds United fan, Simon
Jose swaps Leeds United for AS Monaco|
He couldn't afford his
season ticket this year, and is fed up with his home town club taking their loyal
fans for granted.
He was impressed by what he witnessed in Monte Carlo.
people of Monaco love their football so much that over a third of the population
turns out to watch every home game.
They've got an impressive stadium and
we visited on the night the club were playing a big game against top French side
Tickets for this top European football match cost just seven Euros,
that's less than £5.
Back home in Yorkshire, Simon is used to paying
six times that amount.
Best value tickets
It's not just Monaco that
performs well in the value for money league - we've had our scouts scouring Europe
for the best value tickets and we've found some startling differences.
found that it's significantly cheaper to watch some of the best teams in the world
than the likes of Grimsby, Doncaster and Scunthorpe.
Time your cheap flights
right and you could watch the cream of Europe for little more than a premium ticket
for Leeds United.
Back at the Monaco match, we were impressed by the quality
And after some cheap half-time grub, we watched Monaco break
away and score again to make it 3-0 at full time.
Inflated ticket prices
worrying evidence that inflated ticket prices mean that fans in Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire are being priced out of the game.
Leeds Utd and Barnsley have
the worst attendance records in the Championship.
At Bradford City, two
thirds of the stadium is empty for every home game.
empty stadiums are bad news for clubs and players|
ex-pro thinks this is having a negative impact on the pitch.
played over 400 games for Leeds and Sheffield United - he's also got three England
He believes falling attendances can mean poorer performances on the
At Leeds United, the cost of some tickets has increased by up to
25% and despite falling attendances, gate receipts last year we're up by £300,000.
have reduced prices for the next home game, but with no commitment to cut adult
ticket prices for the rest of the season, Leeds fans might be returning to Europe
sooner than you think...
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views on football prices in Yorkshire and Humberside compared with Europe.
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