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Arsenal and Orient reduce teen ticket prices

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Arsenal have announced a new £10 “teenagers only” section for next season. The club will release 800-1,000 of these seats in their bid to attract a new generation of fans, reports the Evening Standard.

It’s good news for young Gunners and comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s news that Leyton Orient will give 1,500 free season tickets to teenagers and students. Orient owner Barry Hearn said, “Nothing beats the magic of live football with your mates when you are a teenager.”

While the Football Supporters’ Federation’s Twenty’s Plenty campaign looks specifically at away ticket prices, it also aims to draw attention to the rising cost of football more generally. We’re very pleased to see clubs waking up to fans’ views on tickets prices.

The Gunners’ £62 ticket prices were the focus of much media attention after Manchester City returned 900 tickets for January’s Premier League clash. Liverpool fans attending the Emirates a fortnight later also made their views clear.

In response Arsenal froze ticket prices for next season and have now announced their £10 ticket initiative, although Category A matches are currently exempt. The Gunners have not had a specific section for young fans since leaving Highbury in 2006.

Teenage kicks

One of our concerns is that younger fans are being priced out of football. Anything which makes the game more affordable to this age group is to be commended, although it goes without saying that we would still like to see prices reduced across the board.

The club say the initiative will cost them around £400,000 and was devised after discussions with the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and FSF affiliated supporters’ group Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association.

Clubs who invest in their future will be rewarded with a loyal fan base that stretches into future generations and we hope Arsenal choose to extend this offer to Category A games and young away fans in future seasons.

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