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Bristol City urged to drop Ashton Gate ticket price hikes

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Bristol City fans are urging the club to suspend season ticket sales for next season after the club revealed significant price hikes in certain sections of Ashton Gate.

Under the new proposals, some childrens’ under-12 season tickets will increase from £50 to £335 while OAPs are also facing a 10% increase from this season to 2018/19.

Robins fans in the Lansdown Central section of the ground who take their kids to the match are facing huge hikes in their annual pay out to the club – ranging from 50% to 340% increases, with just a few weeks to decide.

After receiving a raft of complaints from Bristol City fans the FSF will be working with its affiliates at the club, the Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust, to urge the club to address fans’ concerns about the price rises.

The trust said it was “baffled” by the ticket pricing strategy, hitting parents with young children hardest, and timing of the announcement.

Chair of the trust Stu Rogers said: “Increases for under-12 tickets from £50 currently to £335 next season to stay in the same seat just isn’t right.

“With adult ticket prices rising too, how can a family possibly afford this and only have until 19th March to decide?

“We urge the football club to suspend sales and re-consider.”

The Trust is now asking club to withdraw its proposals and commit to “meaningful dialogue” on season ticket prices. A supporters meeting will be taking place at the club’s supporters bar next Wednesday, and the trust is urging club representatives to attend.

Any fans concerned about the ticket price issue at Ashton Gate should contact the FSF – we will take supporters’ views to our next meeting with the EFL, due to be held in April.

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