It’s no secret that the gap between the prices of English and German football tickets is sizeable, but just how sizeable is it? Here we crunch the important numbers.
In fact, Germany is commonly hailed as the dreamland of affordable football tickets along with safe standing used in most stadiums and alcoholic beverages allowed in the stands when watching the game.
The English game is unfortunately a totally different story. So much so that many English fans tend to buy German football tickets and travel over, not expecting better football, but to experience a proper experience at a cheap price.
Let’s start with the averages.
Research showed that the average of cheapest football tickets for a single match in the Premier League came in at £28.30, just less than £18 more than the average of cheapest in the Bundesliga.
Despite the average of cheapest single football tickets being just £10.33, the average of most expensive single football tickets is up at £47.39 – Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg all charge higher than this for their most expensive.
The English average is higher though, over £10 higher to be precise at £57.95 with some Premier League match football tickets costing supporters over £100, a ludicrous amount.
In terms of season ticket averages, it’s easy to put the gap into perspective. The average of Germany’s most expensive top-flight season tickets is less than £100 more than the average of the cheapest English top-flight season tickets.
England’s cheapest average at £467.95, meanwhile Germany’s cheapest is just £207.22 and most expensive is £549.44, which obviously can’t be affordable for everyone and emphasises why German commercialisation means it isn’t the utopia people make it out to be.
The average of England’s most expensive season tickets, not the most expensive, is at a ridiculous £865.42 with some of the top clubs charging way over £1000.
So how about the biggest teams?
Those top clubs charging way over £1000 are unsurprisingly London-based; Chelsea (£1250), Tottenham Hotspur (£1845) and Arsenal (£1955).
Manchester United’s most expensive season ticket is priced at £950 while Liverpool charge £802 and Manchester City an impressive £695 given the terrific football on display at the Etihad Stadium last season.
In comparison, Borussia Dortmund charge the most for a season ticket in the Bundesliga, but the £823 for the best seats in the house doesn’t even seem that much when looking at the atrocious pricing in the Premier League.
Other top German teams such as Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg’s most expensive are priced at around £500, as well as Bayern Munich – the most expensive season ticket at the Allianz Arena costs just £540.
What’s astonishing is that you can bag a season ticket at Bayern Munich for just £67. The best club, by miles, in Germany, is charging around £1.97 per game. That is what football is all about.
Dortmund and Schalke 04’s cheapest season ticket costs £303, while Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg’s are all below £200.
That’s a stark contrast to the Premier, most notably Arsenal. £985 is the cheapest season ticket available at the Gunners, but Liverpool (£725) and Spurs (£730) aren’t much better.
Despite Man United’s costly upper echelon football tickets, £532 is the cheapest you can pick up a season ticket for which many would believe is a fair price. City top that though, with some lucky supporters watching Pep Guardiola’s side reach 100 Premier League points in the 2017-18 season for just £275.
The cheapest single football tickets in the Bundesliga allow you to watch matches for less than £15 for all sides, including just £12 in Bayern Munich’s case.
In England it’s a bit higher. Although you have to pay astronomical amounts to claim a season ticket at Arsenal, the cheapest match football ticket comes at just £26, as well as City.
The Gunners’ most expensive single ticket comes at £126 though, Chelsea’s cap is £87, and Spurs’ is £81.
The most expensive single football tickets in Germany are at Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Bayern – both the latter clubs charge a maximum of £58 while Leverkusen charge £63.
Yes, not everything is spot on about German football but it’s far cheaper to buy football tickets and the English game could take away a lot from it.
More affordable football tickets lead to much younger crowds, better atmospheres and an all-round sense of community.
English football is taking the correct steps. Safe standing is being seriously considering, and installed in some cases, while clubs continue to freeze their football ticket prices.
However, there’s a long way to go until the English game is enjoyable and affordable.