Norwich City 2013/14 season ticket prices: One price rise softened by chance to avoid another

Norwich City fans will have to dig deeper to maintain their place in the Yellow Army next season. Norwich City fans will have to dig deeper to maintain their place in the Yellow Army next season.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
9:54 AM

Most Norwich City adult season tickets will cost between eight and 10 per cent more next season – if they are renewed by the first available deadline.

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However, each season ticket price except under-17s and under-12s includes an optional £19 donation – £1 per home game – in support of the club’s Academy. Fans can opt out of the donation, but those taking part will be entered into a draw at every home league match to try to win back the cost of their season ticket.

The Canaries have issued their price list for the 2013-14 campaign, with season tickets available for renewal from 9am today.

An adult seat in the Barclay Stand, Norwich & Peterborough Stand, Thorpe and Wensum Corners or Aviva Community Stand will cost £518.50 next season, compared with £471 this season, a rise of just over 10 per cent – or £2.50 per match based on 19 Premier League games, assuming City stay in the top flight. Admission works out at £27.29 per match.

Prices in those areas also rose £2.50 per match for the current season.

Season tickets for 2013-14 in the Geoffrey Watling City Stand wings and Jarrold Stand blocks J, N and O rise from £482 to £529.50, a rise of 9.8 per cent.

City Stand centre seats and those in Jarrold Stand blocks K, L and M are up from £532 to £579.50, a rise of nearly nine per cent.

And season tickets in the County, Cathedral, Castle and 59ers Lounges rise from £790 to £856.50, up 8.8 per cent to just over £45 per Premier League match. Those prices apply up to the first deadline of Saturday, February 23 - the day of City’s home game against Everton.

As an incentive to renew promptly, ground season ticket prices will be frozen for the 2014-15 campaign for fans meeting the first deadline – provided City are in the Premier League again. Leave it to the second deadline of April 6, and the price of a Barclay adult seat rises to £547. Up to the final deadline of May 17, the price becomes £575.50.

Most fans with concession tickets face higher rises. An over-65 seat in the Barclay Stand or Norwich & Peterborough Stand is up from £310 to £357.50, and in the City Stand or Jarrold Stand from £316 to £363.50, rises of just over 15 per cent.

Season ticket sales will be capped again at 22,000. Priority for seats that become available after the last deadline will go to more than 1,800 fans on the waiting list.

Ten of City’s 11 Premier League home games in 2012-13 have been sell-outs in home areas – an indication of the continuing strength of support.

City boss Chris Hughton, looking to secure the club’s Premier League status for another season, said the fans’ backing was as vital as ever.

“The one thing you can’t under-estimate is how important our home crowd is for us,” he told the club’s official website. “The home crowd is vital – the feeling around the stadium, and how that makes the players feel is vital.

The vocal backing we receive from the Norwich fans gives those players a lift, you know it does, and right when the players need it more often than not.”

Chief executive David McNally said: “Norwich City supporters are the club’s biggest asset and have played a huge part in helping to drive the team on to success. Time and again, Canary fans back their club and we are so grateful for their continual support. We do hope that all season ticket-holders renew their seat once again, to take advantage of both the best possible prices and to freeze Premier League prices for the following season.”

City have posted renewal details to every season ticket-holder in their “We are Norwich” brochure. Membership information for 2013-14 will be released next month.

8 comments

  • Went to the Man City Surprised how many supporters at Carrow Rd were over 65 or under 21 Like watching in a old folks home, guess you can all do the season ticket sums.

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    PaulH

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • The freezing of season ticket prices for 2014-15 against future rises if renewed before the first dealine are caveated both on the basis that City remain in the PL and excludes those STH's within the lounges areas within the City Stands. Seems that the £1,000+ season ticket is probably just two three seasons away based on recent rises!

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    GMF

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Comparing NCFC's prices with the elite clubs, they still look ok, but you're not comparing like for like at all. Those clubs are arguably some of the biggest in the world. We're a community co-op, well-managed and very fortunate to be where we are. The club is also fortunate to be the only PL club within 110 miles, so is taking every opportunity to push supporter loyalty as far as it can. The academy surcharge is a strange thing to do, just as it's about to potentially cash-in on the biggest TV deal the football world has ever seen. I love the idea of a flourishing academy, and I think it's a forward looking strategy, but does the club really need to pull on supporter heart strings to 'opt out' of such a thing? No, not really. The club is a few months away from being debt-free, and after that, it can (hopefully) claim to be one of a very select few that will be in the black. I think McNally and co. have a keen sense of what's 'right' (See the Luton FA Cup prices, and freezing prices for loyal supporters next season), but in terms of matchday ticket costs (for both home and away fans), it's becoming a massively expensive day out, especially if you no longer live in the area (like me). I just can't get away from the fact that the club is financially doing better than ever, but punishing hard-pressed fans at a time when the country is struggling, living costs are soaring, wages are flatlining, and pensions and benefits are being cut. Football does not operate in a vacuum.

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    Kristan Reed

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Ok, I understand the club needs to make money. The season ticket price has DOUBLED in 4 seasons though. I understand the TV deal for next season will TREBLE. I do not understand why my season ticket has increased by over 20% in 2 seasons with this in mind. Surely it would be better to increase revenue by increasing the capacity of the city stand. I will be thinking carefully whether to renew or not. I urge all city fans to also think carefully whether or not to renew. Is our support being taken for granted? I think as the Spurs league cup game shows that it is. New shirts every season, huge increases to food and drink also shows this. I think we are seen by the board as a cash cow. If they wanted to increase it by 10% why not also include cup games as a sweetener? That would be understandable but it won't happen.

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    theshed

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Really, £500 for 19 Premiership games is not bad these days. Perhaps I`ll wait until next season & try the over-65 price! Though available season tickets will be as rare as rocking horse s**t I expect. The Academy surcharge is a good idea. I look forward to that bearing fruit one day, the Murphys, perhaps, and Loza? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Thanks Mad Brewer. I feel like a lone voice sometimes. A lot of supporters think that any criticism of the club is somehow out of order, but what's the end game of all this? £1000 season tickets? £60 matchday tickets? Unless you live near the ground and can therefore remove travel costs and fooddrink costs, each cat A or A+ match costs near to £100 per person. I live 160 miles away from the ground, but still try to come as often as possible, but the on-the-day prices have got out of hand. I gave up my season ticket for family reasons, due to the time it was taking up to attend, but now I have more time, I can't justify the money! Crazy. You sense that Archant can't really give the club a hard time either, because they have too much to lose. It's disappointing. McNally also pointedly refused to answer questions from those who feel the rises are too steep (such as the graduate).Unless you're under 21 or over 65, the club has become a typical gouging premier league business, as much as it pains me to say it.

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    Kristan Reed

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Your not wrong about the old people. The issue no-one wants to talk about. Elephant in the room.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Kristan, what you have said is a refreshing blast of realism. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

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