The new mega-millions television deal signed by the Premier League in 2015, means that English teams have more money to play with than ever before. With this being said, Chelsea have frozen their match-day ticket price at £52 for the upcoming season.
That figure is just the cheapest end of the scale, with the most expensive adult ticket coming in at a whopping £87, pushing their pricing scheme into the extortionate European echelon once only occupied by Arsenal and to a slightly lesser extent, Real Madrid. This rise may be a tactic to recover some of the capital the club will inevitably lose due to their failure to qualify for any kind of European competition, but it’s a move that has angered the vast majority of Chelsea fans.
Thankfully, there are still plenty of places in England and across Europe where you can watch top quality football at an affordable price. This price index published by BWIN shows the match-day ticket prices, as well as flight and accommodation prices, offered by a wide range of teams across Europe. Using this as a guide, let’s look at three of the best, cost-effective options available if you want to take in some incredible action and atmosphere.
Under the management of Diego Simeone, Atletico have become one of the most fearsome sides in European football. They may not always play the most attractive football, but Atletico have won La Liga and reached two Champions League finals over the past three seasons. This new-found success has resulted in the Atletico faithful becoming more passionate than ever, whipping their old stadium into a complete frenzy every home game, and the 55,000 capacity Vicente Calderon stadium is one of the most historic and unusual stadiums in Spain. Flights and accommodation into and around the area are extremely affordable, as are the ticket prices, as the cheapest adult ticket will only set you back £25, almost half the price offered by their intercity rivals Real.
The BayArena, home of Champions League regulars Bayer Leverkusen, may only be 30,000 in capacity, but there is a spectacular atmosphere in the ground, especially if you are lucky enough to get a ticket for their clash with rivals FC. Koln. German fans are incredibly passionate about their football, but are also extremely welcoming towards tourists. A single adult ticket could set you back as little as £15 and Leverkusen, in conjunction with their partner Hotel Linder, also offer a special International Package. For a minimum price of just over £100, a traveling football fan can get a match-day ticket, a hotel room for the night, a free drink at a local sports bar and a 10 € BayArena Card to be spent on refreshments inside the Stadium.
City will be hoping the appointment of Pep Guardiola will bring about a change in fortunes, after missing out on the domestic title for two seasons in a row. They will also be confident that he can bring European glory to the club for the first time, having won the tournament multiple times with Barcelona. The 60,000 capacity Etihad Stadium is a fantastic piece of modern engineering and when the crowd gets fully behind their team, the atmosphere can be spectacular. The average ticket price for a home match is only £35, which is quite a bit cheaper than the other big Premier League teams and for the Champions League qualifiers against Steaua Bucharest later this month, tickets can still be bought for as little as £27. Whether they will stay that price for the rest of the tournament is yet to be seen, but even if they do go up to regular match-day price, the overall Manchester City package is still extremely attractive.