Premier League clubs announce new £30 price cap for away tickets
By Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 09/03/16 11:04pm
Premier League clubs have agreed to limit away ticket prices to a maximum of £30 for the next three seasons.
The clubs announced the new deal on Wednesday after unanimously agreeing to the new price cap at their last meeting in February.
The new initiative comes after a number of high profile protests against ticket prices in the Premier League.
The league has enjoyed a record average attendance of 96.2 per cent this season but a number of supporter groups have raised concerns about increasing prices, particularly for away supporters.
The away ticket cap replaces the existing Away Supporters Initiative - a set of travel and ticket subsidies originally introduced by clubs in 2013.
The new cap is set to run for three years and will apply from the start of next season to the end of the 2018/19 season.
The Football Supporters' Federation's Michael Brunskill welcomed the new deal.
"Every single Premier League club charges more than £30 for category A away games so if you follow one of the teams that falls in to that category you're guaranteed to save money," he said.
"Category B games and C games there is a bit of variation but again I think most fans are going to see savings.
"Hopefully this will help towards ensuring that away ends look like vibrant places and are a real spectacle at Premier League games - that at the end of the day is what everyone wants."
A number of officials from Premier League clubs have expressed their support for the cap including Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis.
"We have fantastic support home and away. We know that following the club is a commitment and are always seeking to strike the right balance in our pricing," he said.
Additionally, Arsenal have frozen season ticket prices for next season and offering supporters £4 off their away tickets, effectively setting a maximum cap of £26.
"These steps mean that we will have held general admission season ticket prices flat for nine of the 12 years since our move to Emirates Stadium by 2018, and are also designed to make things a little easier for our travelling fans who often face the highest prices when watching Arsenal play away," Gazidis added.
Everton Chief Executive Robert Elstone has also given the proposal his backing, saying it is "absolutely right for away fans and for the Premier League" whilst Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck says "the club fully supports the new Premier League price cap for away tickets".