Premium tickets for this year’s FA Cup semi-final and final have seen a sharp price rise for the first time in three years.

The Football Association (FA) has opted to increase prices for the final stages of the competition, which will be held at London’s Wembley Stadium in April.

Supporters will be charged £20 more for some semi-final tickets and £30 more for final tickets compared to last year.

The cheapest semi-finals ticket cost £30, which includes the Manchester United against Tottenham Hotspur game on April 21 and the Chelsea and Southampton game on April 22. The most expensive ticket will set fans back £80.

Last season, supporters paid £60 for a Category A ticket, with this year’s Category B prices at £65, up from £50.

The most expensive ticket for the final will now cost £145, instead of £115, while a Category B seat is priced at £115, up from £85, and a category C ticket is £80 instead of £65. The cheapest ticket has been frozen at £45.

In an article on the FA’s website, Andy Ambler, director of professional game relations, attempted to explain the pricing policy for this season’s semi-finals and final.

“The cheapest tickets for these matches will remain the same as in 2016 and 2017, £30 for the semi-finals and £45 for the final,” said Ambler. “This season we made the decision to increase the price of some tickets in the stadium. This is the first time that we have raised the price of tickets for Emirates FA Cup semi-final and final ties in three years.

“The Emirates FA Cup semi-final and final are some of the most prestigious events in the sporting calendar and these new prices are in line with many of these events.

“It’s always important to remember that The FA is a not-for-profit organisation where every pound and penny of profit is reinvested back into every level of football in England. If you’re buying a ticket for the semi-final or the final you are directly investing in the future of the game in this country.”

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