West Ham have just announced the prices for the last game of the season, us at their place, Presumably because their future may well depend on the result, the Hammers have deemed the match to be Category A.
And that means adult prices start at £46. This is for what is called a Band 4, ie bog standard, seat. Such seats must be even worse than those listed as restricted view, since the club charges another £3 for the latter.
Prices go all the way up to £64. And I am told the lowest figure of £46 will apply to visiting fans as well as home supporters. If our supporters are where they’ve been situated before, it is a fair bet at least some will not get a great view for their money.
The basis for making the match Category A does not – or should not – apply to Sunderland, unless we go on a disastrous run and all but two clubs below us steadily pick up points.
Hands up anyone who can think of proper justification for paying at least £46 to see a game at whatever the place is called these days: Upton Park, Boleyn Ground or pre-post-Olympic Stadium. No, I thought not. We are just being “entertained” by rip-off merchants who know they will probably get away with it.
As some has said in a thread at Ready To Go, what a shame Niall didn’t manage to slip in a reference to this when he faced MPs.
A couple of other comments:
Could be the best £46 ever spent if we qualify for Europe and send them down the same day? –
We should all make a stand against this type of thing and boycott the game its a f****** disgrace, plain and simple robbery –
I don”t actually agree with wackyjacky’s desire to see us send the Hammers down. Their fans are victims of extortionate pricing as much as ours.
But I would love Sunderland to hit back on behalf of our supporters.
How wonderful it would be if Niall told Sullivan and Gold: “Up with this we will not put. Stuff your allocation. We don’t want any.”