How to order, Clubs, Big
Matches , Touting
increasing ticket prices, it has become a little bit easier to get tickets for
football matches in London. For the majority of matches, tickets can be ordered
via the internet or via the club hotline.
we get deeper into the topic, you should be aware that football tickets are
a whole lot more expensive in England than in other European countries. For
a Premier League match, 35 to 70 Euro would be a ballpark figure. Even for a
League Two match, you will have to pay approx 20 Euro. Concessions (e.g. for
students) are rare in the Premier League, however kids and seniors (65+) will
get cheaper tickets. In lower divisions (Championship, aso) concessions aren't
really common, too, but it may pay off to ask when buying the tickets.
when you're going to London to see a specific match, it's definately a good
idea to get your tickets in advance. Although it's unlikely that matches in
divisions below the Premier League will be sold out before gameday, you will
avoid dissapointments when you've already got your ticket.
how do I order tickets?
thing to do is to check the respective club's website, on which
day tickets can be purchased by non-members "General Sale".
From that date on, everybody can get tickets for that match. So
just visit the online ticket booking system or give the ticket hotline
a call. In order to pay, you are going to need a credit card, so
keep it ready while ordering.
on how close the match date is, tickets will be shipped to you via
mail or you have to pick them up at the Ticket collection counter
at the stadium on matchday. You will have to present your receipt
and/or credit card in order to get them..
the ticket situation at the different clubs in London?
||Ticket Broker Website
||Club Ticket Website
you're not an Arsenal member, chances to get tickets at Emirates
are slim to zero. The Gunners have always drawn big crowds in the
past and additionally the new stadium draws crowds as well.
If you're lucky, Arsenal will get a really crappy opponent in a
cup fixture. At this point that is the only scenario in which there
will be a general sale. A change is nowhere near, so you should
either become an Arsenal member, buy tickets via a broker or look for another stadium to visit.
It has become a bit easier to get tickets for a match at Stamford
Bridge these days, matches against big names put aside. Matches
against less attractive oponents as well as cup fixtures (especially
CL!) often go to general sale a couple of days before the match.
The easiest thing to do is to monitor the website (probably the
best ticket section of all London clubs) and order as soon as possible.
There's one thing you have to keep in mind: Chelsea lets its fans
pay for seeing international stars play. Even the cheapest Premier
League tickets will cost you about 50 Euro.
||After West Ham moved to the London Stadium, the ticket situation has become really tricky as the vast majority of seats are occupied by season ticket holders. Therefore chances to get tickets are not great, unattractive cup ties let aside. It is adviseable to have a look at ticket brokers if you want to see a West Ham home match.
||After Fulham got relegated to the Championship, tickets have been less of an issue and fairly easy to obtain, with some restrictions when it comes to local derbies.
Spurs matches will go to general sale. Again, the matches against
big names will be members only. Ordering tickets is easy. Just visit
their online ticket service, you can even pick a specific seat
being relegated to the lower divisions, tickets shouldn't be an issue
anymore. But check the website for derby matches and cup fixtures
against attractive opponents.
||LEss problematic than during QPR's times in the Premier League. Monitor their website and buy the tickets once tehy go on general sale.
||After Palace established itself as Premier League club, the ticket situation has become really tricky. Many individual game tickets will only get sold to members, so you have to join the club or buy via a ticket broker.
sellout is rare at Millwall, however from time to time certain "trouble
matches" will require a membership in order to buy tickets.
Also check for all-ticket matches. These are fixtures with no ticket
sale on the day of the match due to security reasons. (Potential
opponents: West Ham, Birmingham, Sheffield Utd, Cardiff or Chelsea).
shouldn't be a problem to get tickets for these clubs on matchday.
Problems might occur when these clubs play each other or when there's
an attractive fixture in the cup.
general, fixtures during the week (e.g. Monday night game of the Premier
League) are in less demand, so it's easier to get tickets. Same thing
goes for the Carling Cup (aka League Cup). Carling Cup tickets are often
cheaper, too, however some teams (e.g. Arsenal) play this competition
with their reserves. Still it's a great opportunity to attend a match
in a stadium you normally wouldn't get tickets for.
the hell, I want to see Arsenal - ManU!"
you're totally focused on attending a big match, you basically have three
you could buy a ticket on the street (see Touting). Second, become a member
of he respective club. This could come a lot cheaper than paying big bucks
on the street. Membership fees vary, e.g. 30 Pounds at West Ham. For 30
Pounds, you will get at Arsenal a Red Membership only, which will give
you the chance to get tickets for less attractive opponents only. Just
check the website of the club you're interested in. All membership details
should be listed there.
The third option is probably the most expensive one: Ticket agencies.
There are lots of them, e.g. Sportsevents365 . Oftentimes these agencies offer packages that include matchday
tickets and one or two nights in a hotel.
Just like in every other country in the world, there
are people in front of England's stadia who try to make quick money
by selling ticket. They are called "Ticket Touts". Once
thing first: Touting is illegal in England. If you get caught, you
might get punished. There's also a chance that the access to the
stadium will be denied with a ticket from the black market. Since
touting is not allowed, the black market works differently than
usual. Instead of holding tickets into the air, touts will ask if
anyone has a spare ticket "Spare Ticket anyone?"). That's
the sign that this guy is actually offering a ticket. The price
is up to your negotiation skills. It's your own fault if you pay
a fortune. Leave that to the Japanese...