Manchester United has frozen season ticket prices for the ninth successive season, with the renewals process for the 2020-21 season kicking off today (Monday).
The Premier League club noted that existing initiatives to attract young fans will remain in place, such as the £10 per game season ticket for under 16s in family areas, as well as the 25 per cent discount for 18-20 year olds and free group tickets for local children for certain cup games.
United’s prices range from £532 (€618/$701) to £950. It has more than 53,000 season ticket holders, with another 100,000 people on the waiting list to get regular seats at the 74,994-capacity Old Trafford stadium.
In addition to the price freeze, fans will see a series of initiatives aimed at improving the matchday experience next season including, the expansion of the dedicated area for vocal fans in the Stretford End and the potential introduction of a rail-seating trial, subject to approval from local authorities.
The club has also announced plans to relocate the family section to premium seats in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand at no additional cost for existing season ticket holders. The 2020-21 season will also debut the expanded, state-of-the-art accessible facilities for disabled supporters after more than £11m of investment.
Richard Arnold, group managing director at Man United, said: “I want to place on record our appreciation of the hard work and dedication from the organisers of the atmosphere section. The phenomenal support the team get has been taken to a new level by this successful initiative. We will be seeking to build on this next season by extending this section of the Stretford End out towards the south-west corner, increasing the allocation to at least 2,000 supporters.
“We have worked closely with fan groups and through the Fans’ Forum to help achieve this shared goal of reviving the Stretford End to its traditional status as the heartbeat of our matchday support.
“We have also submitted a proposal to the local authority to trial a rail seating area within the stadium. Our belief is that the introduction of rail seating would enhance spectator safety in areas of the stadium where, as with other clubs, we have seen examples of persistent standing. We hope to have news on our application soon.”
The ongoing refurbishment programme of stadium facilities will also continue in the summer of 2020, with the 1999 Suite, Knights Lounge, 1968 Suite and Centennial boxes all to be upgraded.
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