Man United raises ticket prices at Old Trafford

Most ticket prices for Manchester United’s home games will go up by £1 next season.

The club said Wednesday that the most expensive tickets for a Premier League match at Old Trafford next season will be £50 ($82), while the cheapest seats will sell for £28 - compared to £49 and £27 this campaign.

That’s an increase of 3,7% for the cheapest tickets, which United pointed out is still lower than the 6,5% hike announced by Arsenal this week. The most expensive tickets are going up by 2%.

But United fans had urged the owning Glazer family to cut ticket prices during tough economic times as they have done at the stadium for their NFL team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

United said the increase is because of the hike in Britain’s so-called value added tax, which was lifted from 17,5% to 20% on January 4.

The club also said it will be cheaper for 16-year-old and 17-year-old fans to attend games, as they will now only pay £20 rather than the price of a full adult ticket.

The 67 000-capacity Old Trafford is sold out for most matches.—Sapa-AP

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