Report: EPL fans need £1.8k to follow home games
English Premier League (EPL) fans need to find £1,833 to follow their team at home this season, as football inflation continues to beat inflation in the economy as a whole, according to new research from Virgin Money.
Virgin Money’s Football Fans Inflation Index, which has tracked prices since 2006, calculates the £1,833 by including a home season ticket (average cost £834); Sky Sports subscription (average cost £522) and price of a train ticket to all home games (average cost £258).
Fans across all four English leagues will need to find an average £1,572 to watch all their team’s home games as costs increase. Prices have risen three per cent compared with 2.8 per cent for the Consumer Price Index.
The rise in football inflation has been driven by increased costs of replica shirts, which are 11 per cent more expensive than a year ago at an average of £38.33 across all leagues. Season ticket costs are up by just two per cent and the cost of annual TV subscriptions has increased three per cent.
Championship fans will need to find an average £1,634 each to go to all their team’s home games, with the price dropping to £1,418 in League One and £1,407 in League Two. The average Championship season ticket price is around £525; £342 in League One; and £346 in League Two.