BBC Scotland have published financial analysis of how much it costs to travel around the country and visit opposing stadiums, after a Celtic fan campaign calling for a cap on ticket prices.
We’ve covered the efforts of Celtic supporters groups to initiate a ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ campaign before on 67 Hail Hail, after fans protested at Easter Road in September.
At the time, fan group Bhoys took to Instagram to explain their thinking behind the banners, saying: “Football fans in Scotland are forced to continue to pay ever rising ticket prices. Yesterday Celtic fans were charged £32 for the away match at Hibs.
“We will continue to push for a drop in ticket prices for ALL supporters and would encourage fans of ALL teams to lobby their clubs to force a change for the better.”
The BBC reference the actions of those fans in a new article published this week, that also highlights the effort of a St Mirren group doing similar this season.
Hearts, away, 9/11/19
Twenty’s Plenty pic.twitter.com/hgMsdC48Gh
— Northbank (@Northbank2017) November 10, 2019
How much are fans shelling out?
The broadcaster’s figures show that it costs over £25 for visiting fans to watch their team at every away ground in the Scottish Premiership, based on the purchase of an adult ticket, programme, pie & tea. At Celtic Park, it can cost as much as £35.40.
Celtic fans though are also directly targeted on our travels, with category pricing in effect for most teams in the Scottish top-flight.
Kilmarnock and Hearts are cited as examples of teams who charge Celtic fans more when Neil Lennon’s Bhoys come to town.
SPFL rules give clubs free rein to set prices as high as they like, as long as away fans are not charged more than home fans for “broadly comparable” seating.
Will this change?
In the Premier League, away ticket prices are capped at £30, but then they have the luxury of massive amounts of TV cash to fall back on.
In Scotland, much of the income is generated by fans.
One club has told BBC Scotland that prices are ‘as cheap as is feasible’, so it seems unlikely that much is going to change soon.
However, perhaps if fans of opposing clubs can come together and create a unified campaign, it might change.
That was something suggested by St Mirren supporter Josh Magennis, who told the BBC: “It’s been very internal, there’s not been any correspondence with any other supporters groups as of yet but I think that is something that, if we’re going to make it work, has to happens in the future.
“It’s cloudy looking – that’s the way to put it. It’s quite hard to see where the next step is going to be.”
Clearly there’s opinion out there that feels supporters of all teams are had done by when it comes to the value of Scottish football and it’ll be interesting to see if more banners and protests occur throughout the season.
That it was highlighted by a big media outlet shows that it’s all been worthwhile to date. Only with more exposure to the issue are people going to hop on board.