Scotland fans have taken to the internet to make their feelings known after the Scottish FA announced their ticket prices ahead of their EURO 2016 qualification campaign.
Fans took to the internet labelling the prices as a ‘disgrace’ and a ‘rip off’.
Season tickets for all home games for Scotland’s EURO 2016 qualifying campaign have been priced up to £250, compared to £150 for the embarrassing World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign. However, this campaign’s season ticket also includes November’s friendly against England.
In fact, Scotland’s prices are cheaper than some of their opponents. Germany are charging up to €100 alone for the away tie in Dortmund, while Scotland’s top price is £42 [outwith the season ticket discount].
Across the Irish Sea, Ireland fans can purchase season tickets also, but at a top price of €246.00 this season’s ticket only covers games against Gibraltar, Poland, England, Scotland, along with two friendlies and the FAI Ford Cup Final. The ticket does not include the German game on 8th October 2015 – therefore Ireland fans have to purchase two season tickets to cover the full EURO 2016 campaign, spending €492.00.
Despite this, fans have started a petition calling on the Scottish FA to reconsider their pricing structure. The petition created by Graham Stewart, which has around 700 signatures to date, states: “All loyal supporters and members of the Scotland Supporters Club, are being priced out of attending Scotland matches due to the excessive levels of ticket prices for the forthcoming qualifying matches (including the friendly match against England). The discounted prices for the season ticket offers no real reward to supporters.”
Chris Blackwood, who added his name to the petition, claimed: “Way too expensive. I could get a season ticket at most SPFL Premiership grounds for just slightly more than that and get to see 17+ games not 6!”
Alastair Cheyne added: “Desperately over inflated prices considering the performance of the team in recent campaigns…. Scotland are lucky to still have the support they do and without them the sfa is nothing.better prices please.”
And Scott Day also called on the Scottish FA to reward the Tartan Army for their years of loyal support, saying: “These prices are absolutely ridiculous. Supposed to be a working class game so to charge this much is outrageous. SFA should remember that we have shown loyalty to the team, with continued attendance over some very rocky years, not try to take advantage of an excellent support.”
Scotland kick off their EURO 2016 qualifying campaign against newly crowned World Champions, Germany, on Sunday 7th September at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund.
What are your thoughts on the pricing structure for Scotland’s EURO 2016 qualifying campaign?