Season-ticket holders at England’s Twickenham Stadium have criticised plans by the country’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) to increase ticket prices by £4,500 (€5,215/$5,564), midway through a 10-year contract.

The proposed price hike would hit season-ticket holders in the East Stand of the country’s national rugby stadium, with the RFU keen to generate extra funds to help support its planned £66m refurbishment of corporate facilities in this area of the venue.

Should season-ticket holders opt against paying the additional £4,500, they will retain their season ticket rights, but be forced to move seats to another section of the stadium.

In response to criticism from fans, an RFU spokeswoman said the organisation would listen to supporters before making a final decision.

“Feedback from fans is important to us; we will listen to it and look at how we can improve the fan experience as a result,” the spokeswoman said, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.

“We are creating a premium experience for debenture holders. This will involve a cost increase for the new service but there is also the option to move seats.”