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Thousands sign petition against Wolves’ “offensive” price hikes

A petition launched by Wolves fans, calling on their club to reverse planned season ticket price increases for the 2024-25 season, has received more than 11,000 signatures in its first few days.

Launched at the end of last week by a coalition of supporter groups, fanzines and fan-led media at Molineux the petition calls on Wolverhampton Wanderers to “reconsider the approach to ticket prices before irreversible damage is done to the fanbase and the local community.”

Wolves fans looking to renew for next season are facing an average 15-18% rise across the stadium, with some notable increases of more than 100% for disabled supporters and under-14 juniors.

Additionally, senior concessions have not been spared with increases in the Billy Wright Main Stand up by 19% Wolves 1877 Supporters Trust have reported.

A joint statement from Wolves fan groups said: “In a cost-of-living crisis and a city that has the second-highest unemployment rate in the UK, these prices are offensive and will now force many to question if they can afford to renew – perhaps even putting some in financial difficulty to fund the one thing that they treasure.

“We encourage those at the club to reconsider the approach to ticket prices before irreversible damage is done to the fanbase and the local community. ”

Wolves have introduced ticket price increases every season (except the season curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic) since 2018-19, meaning season ticket prices have doubled in some areas of the ground.

“It is not too late to reconsider and preserve the future of the club for the fans that helped get us where we are today. To preserve the very lifeblood of this famous old club,” they said.

What does the FSA think?

Wolves are the latest in a string of Premier League clubs to announce significant rises to season ticket and matchday pricing this summer ahead of the 2024-25 season.

Sadly, this summer is shaping to be another period of record price hikes following on from across-the-board increases in summer ’23.

Despite record commercial and broadcast revenues among the division’s clubs, owners and executives still feel the need to squeeze loyal matchgoing fans for an extra million here and there. An extra million that will do little when weighed against football’s vast spending problem.

We’ve offered support to our member groups at Wolves and will be including representatives from the Wolves 1877 Trust in a supporter delegation due to meet senior Premier League executives in London today.

They’ll have the chance to explain the impact of these rises to football’s leaders directly, while urging league-wide action on pricing.

It’s time for football to listen.

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