A £2,000 ticket to West Ham (which includes a helicopter tour of London!), £2,500 for disgruntled Man United fans to see them face Bayern… but it’s £4,200 at Man City! The most expensive seat in English football – REVEALED
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- Mail Sport has been crunching the numbers to find the most expensive of all
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When your team is winning, getting to go to matches and experience those wins – regardless of the money spent – feels priceless.
Clubs know the money floating around football and when it comes to the Premier League, some tickets are certain to make most fans’ eyes water.
When Mail Sport spotted a Manchester United hospitality ticket for their upcoming home game against Bayern Munich priced at £2,500 per adult, it got us thinking.
So, after crunching the numbers, here are the most expensive seats across English football.
When it comes to the most expensive offerings the obvious conclusion is one of the Big Six.
They have the best players on show, often the biggest stadiums and the most resources, and play in the biggest competitions.
But clubs outside of that still rake in huge sums of money through their lucrative hospitality packages.
Manchester City offer one of the most premium and immersive ticket packages in England
Chelsea sure know how to fine dine their supporters housed in their Platinum VIP lounge
Nottingham Forest’s boardroom experience is a high-end premium option for their supporters
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In the east end of London, West Ham offer fans the chance for a one-of-a-kind matchday package known as the ‘Helicopter Experience’.
The £4,000 package – which is for two people – includes a private tour over the London skyline in private helicopter; a private tour of their Rush Green Training Ground; private car transfer to the London Stadium; private table in their Forge Lounge, with a three-course meal; complimentary house beer, wine and soft drinks in your lounge space, as well as meet and greet with a West Ham ambassador and lower tier seating behind the tunnel for the match.
It is, unquestionably, one of the most extravagant packages on offer to Premier League fans.
At the other end of the scale you have Wolves who can provide a match-going group with a more affordable, but luxurious, high-end option.
For the visit of Arsenal on April 20, 2024, one of the biggest games at Molineux across the season, use of Sir Jack’s Restaurant, a package worth £3,420 but suitable for 10 people, is the best in class.
At £342pp, Wolves fans receive a private table for 10 in the pitch-facing Sir Jack’s Restaurant, along with prime position padded seats.
As well as this, purchases of this package get three car park passes, a tour of dressing rooms and tunnel areas, a sparkling wine reception, a group photo, and a unique gift and matchday programme for each guest.
There is also a four-course menu as well as half-time and full-time refreshments.
Arsenal’s hero experience comes in at more than £2,000-per-person – but the benefits are big
As well as private booths for dining, fans get to meet a current player and get a pitchside tour
Speaking of Arsenal, they really push the boat out for their Hero Experience, one of the most sought-after packages given that it has sold out for the remainder of the season.
The four-guest package, priced at a staggering £11,500 for a Category A game, in this case the visit by Liverpool, gives Arsenal fans unprecedented access on a matchday.
An example of a menu offered from Arsenal as part of their Hero Experience package
As well as premium club level match seats, this package serves up pre-match three-course dining, along with half-time and post-match refreshments.
There is also a presentation from one of Arsenal men’s first-team players of either a squad signed shirt or football – which is to keep – and a private pre-match pitch-side tour with an Arsenal legend.
In addition the Hero Experience promises a souvenir group photograph with the Arsenal men’s first-team player for all guests; a private booth for four in The Foundry restaurant; complimentary drinks including champagne, house spirits, selected wines, beers and soft drinks throughout matchday, and an announcement in the matchday programme.
But even Arsenal pulling out all the stops cannot compete with the team taking top spot – the most expensive ticket in English football.
Step forward – Manchester City.
The Premier League champions are the best in class on the pitch, and they appear to be so off it as well with their ‘Autograph’ package.
Priced at an extraordinary £4,200-per-person, this is an unrivalled offering right across the Premier League, with fans getting up, close and personal with Pep Guardiola’s Treble-winning stars.
Described by Manchester City as ‘one of the most extraordinary experiences in the world of football,’ buyers get:
- Executive transport to the Etihad Stadium from a City centre location
- Drinks and canapes reception
- Meet & Greet with a Man City club legend
- Behind the scenes stadium tour with a club legend
- Private talk from one of our first-team analysts
- See the teams in the glass players’ tunnel
- Go pitchside to watch the players warm-up
- Five-course fine dining experience with inclusive drinks
- Luxury, padded, heated seats directly behind the team dugouts
- Meet & Greet with some first-team squad players post match
- Personal photographer capturing your day
The fine dining takes place in City’s state-of-the-art Tunnel Club Premier, widely hailed as the most immersive experience anywhere in world football.
At the price it costs for one match on the ‘Autograph’ package, Brighton fans could almost attend 10 Category A matches in hospitality as a Non 1901 Club Member, with their price for the visit of Man United this season set to £426pp.
For those fans wanting to splash the cash to the tune of £1,000 or more, look to Nottingham Forest, as well as a more familiar big spender in Chelsea.
The best package on offer for a Category A game at Nottingham Forest is £1,075+VAT-per-person to indulge in The Boardroom Experience.
Described on Forest’s site as ‘the ultimate premium Premier League experience’, fans are housed in a newly refurbished boardroom for fine dining, before taking a seat in the directors’ box.
It also includes a fully inclusive drinks package.
Manchester City’s Tunnel Club Premier is among the most luxurious spaces in world football
Fans get unprecedented access; able to watch Pep Guardiola and his players in the tunnel
They get to go pitchside and those on the £4,200pp Autograph package get even more perks
As is typical across Premier League clubs, games are categorised into A, B and C, with A in this case Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Tottenham.
A regular ticket at those clubs is expensive, never mind hospitality, and at Chelsea fans looking to attend the visit from Manchester United as a Platinum VIP can expect to pay £1,680 per person.
Securing a luxury padded seat in the East Stand middle tier, situated on the half-way line, fans are served up a fine-dining three-course menu having had champagne on arrival.
As well as a complimentary bar, there is an appearance from a Chelsea legend as well as a cheese station at full-time for those still feeling peckish.
Heading north to Merseyside and over at Everton the most expensive offering available is £450+VATpp for the Merseyside Derby.
Like many clubs throughout the league, Everton’s seasonal hospitality packages long since sold out and only a small number of seats are sold on a match-by-match basis.
Over at rivals Liverpool, for the price of £1,026pp, a spot in the 1892 Lounge offers Reds fans a plush seat in the Main Stand, next to the Directors’ Box in the Lower Tier, as well as access to the lounge three hours prior to kick-off and a four-course meal.
There is also complimentary beer, house wine and soft drinks, as well as a matchday gift and a visit from a former Liverpool men’s player or former women’s player.
Fine dining is a given at these price points, with Nottingham Forest showing off their cuisine
Brentford’s Oxford & Cambridge package is their most expensive, set at £430-per-person
MOST EXPENSIVE TICKET PRICES ACROSS THE PREMIER LEAGUE
MAN CITY – Autograph/Tunnel Club premier package (must be sold in twos, fours, sixes or eights) – £4,200pp
WEST HAM – Helicopter Experience for Two package – helicopter tour over London skyline + private tour of training ground + lower tier seating behind tunnel + complimentaries in a lounge space – £4,000 (£2,000pp)
ARSENAL – Hero Experience for Liverpool at home – £2,875pp
MAN UNITED – North East Private Executive Box for Bayern Munich at home in the UEFA Champions League – £2,500pp
CHELSEA – Platinum VIP ticket for Man United at home – £1,680pp
ASTON VILLA – Doug Ellis Box (for the final home game against Liverpool) – £1,416+VATpp (Mail Sport reached out to Aston Villa to check pricing but received no response prior to publication. The following price has been generated from vipticketsandcorporatehospitality.co.uk)
NOTTINGHAM FOREST – The Boardroom Experience for a Category A game – £1,075+VATpp
LIVERPOOL – 1892 Lounge package (for Brentford match) – £1,026pp
TOTTENHAM – The Locker Room Experience for West Ham at home – £749pp
NEWCASTLE UNITED – The Rooftops package – £650+VATpp
AFC BOURNEMOUTH – Hospitality box – split by 10 people – for a Category A game – £600pp
FULHAM – Johnny Haynes Box for Liverpool at home – £598.80pp
CRYSTAL PALACE – The 2010 Club ticket for Man United at home – £595pp
EVERTON – Hospitality ticket for Merseyside derby – £450+VATpp
BURNLEY – Clearly Interiors Longside Lounge package (for a Category A game) – £450+VATpp
BRENTFORD – Oxford & Cambridge package – £430pp
BRIGHTON – Category A Matchday Hospitality as a Non 1901 Club Member – £426pp
SHEFFIELD UNITED – Premier Club Hospitality Box for a Gold Plus/Category A game – £375pp
LUTON TOWN – Boot Room hospitality package – £350pp
WOLVES – Sir Jack’s Restaurant 10-person package at £3,420, for Arsenal at home – £342pp
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