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West Ham Champions Of Season Ticket Affordability

Wed 19th Jul 2017 | Money & Finance

With the new Premier League season approaching it promises to be another exhilarating season, full of twists as well as surprises for fans.

Chelsea convincingly captured their fifth Premier League triumph inAntonio Conte’s first full season in charge and their rivals have been actively acquiring new reinforcements to knock them of their perch.

As Premier League clubs break records in the transfer market in a bid to clinch the title or even just maintain their league status, research by TicketGum.com has calculated the affordability of season tickets for the country’s top 20 clubs.

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Based on the average weekly wage for the area using statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), they calculated how long a person would have to work in order to afford the best-priced single-adult season ticket (excluding those discounted for ‘family seating’ or any similar offers),

Ticketgum’s analysis revealed that West Ham has the most affordable season ticket in the Premier League, as it would take a mere 19 hours and 33 minutes to pay for the ‘Hammers’ cheapest single-adult season ticket at the London Stadium.

Close behind in second is newly promoted Huddersfield Town, whose local residents would need to work slightly more at 20 hours and 33 minutes to afford the best priced season ticket.

In third position is two-time Premier League champions Manchester City, where residents would have to work 21 hours and 38 minutes for a season ticket at the Etihad Stadium.

At the bottom of the table, Liverpool has the least affordable season ticket in the Premier League, as local residents would have to work 48 hours and 12 minutes for a season ticket at Anfield – the equivalent of 6 working days.

Just above Liverpool is Mauricio Pochettino’s ambitious Tottenham Hotspur, whose local residents of Haringey (the London borough the club is based in) would have to work 42 hours and 1 minute to get the most affordable season ticket at White Hart Lane.

Despite having the highest season ticket price in the Premier League at an eye-watering £891.00, Arsenal interestingly rank 16.

Local residents of Islington, would have to work 40 hours and 3 minutes to gain a single-adult season ticket at the Emirates Stadium.

Overall, 65% (13 out of 20) of Premier League teams require residents in the area they are based in to work more than 30 hours to afford the best priced single-adult season ticket for the upcoming 2017/18 season.

A spokesperson for TicketGum.com commented: “This research is certainly fascinating. Whilst the focus always tends to be on who offers the cheapest and most expensive season tickets in the Premier League based on just the price, this research provides a more insightful approach.

“With residents in the towns and cities the Premier League clubs are based in making a significant proportion of the season ticket holders, taking into account the respective areas average weekly wages provides a better and truer indication of how affordable the season tickets really are for local supporters”.

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Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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