Bundesliga tickets drop for first time in five years

Bundesliga tickets drop for first time in five years
The cheapest season and matchday tickets now below 2015/16 levels.

Match tickets for games in the Bundesliga, Germany’s top soccer league, have dropped for the first time in five years, according to a recent study.

Analysis from German media company Sponsors has revealed a decrease in the average price of the cheapest season and matchday Bundesliga tickets to below 2015/16 levels.

The most expensive prices for both season tickets and matchday tickets have also fallen – marking the first time that a fall in all four categories has occurred since 2013/14, when Sponsors began analysing prices.

On average, the cheapest Bundesliga ticket will cost €15.20 – down from €15.80 last year – while the most expensive ticket price has dropped for the first time since the study began, dropping to €70.60 from last year’s peak of €72.90.

Meanwhile, season tickets saw quite a drastic decrease across the league; the cheapest average ticket dropping to €178.60 from €190.10, while the most expensive season ticket dropped even more – averaging at €700.30 following a five-year high of €727.80 in 2017/18.

The study showed that the cheapest matchday ticket could be bought at newly promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf for just €8, while their €112 season ticket is also the cheapest in the league.

League-wide trends suggest ticket prices may drop even further, with Borussia Dortmund – who boast the largest-capacity stadium in the country at their Signal Iduna Park stadium – lowering their most expensive ticket prices by 15 per cent, totalling €56.60.

They were just one of two sides – along with title rivals Bayern Munich, to lower the value of their matchday tickets, with the reigning champions charging a maximum of €70 to watch a game at the Allianz Arena.

In fact, 15 of the current 18 Bundesliga clubs either lowered or froze their rates, with the most expensive day out being at Hertha Berlin, who charge as much as €99 for a matchday experience. However, they were also one of five clubs to lower their cheapest season ticket price, which now stands at €199 – down 18 per cent on last year.

Stuttgart were the only Bundesliga side to raise prices in all four categories, only topped by Hertha for a single ticket price, charging up to €88.50, while only at Schalke and Freiburg does a season ticket cost more – Schalke’s €884 eclipsing every other team in the league.

While Germany has earned a reputation for low ticket prices and high attendances, leagues like England’s Premier League are yet to follow suit – with season tickets reaching highs of UK£1,768.50 in 2017/18 – although it has capped ticket prices for away fans at UK£30 for the past two seasons.

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