English Premier League club Chelsea has been urged to reconsider its proposed season ticket price rises for the upper tier of the West Stand at Stamford Bridge by the Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST).
The Westview refurbishment of the West Stand’s concourse and top tier has led to the creation of four sections, each with different price points, ranging from 1,500 for a seat level with the goalline to £3,900 for a view from the halfway line. Prices for a Westview match-by-match package will be announced in the New Year, along with prices for the rest of the stadium.
Currently, the price of a season ticket in the section in question is £1,250, but Chelsea has insisted that the new prices reflect an enhanced matchday experience, considering the significant refurbishment that has been carried out. New bars, food outlets and TV screens have been included in the project, as well as padded seats for fans.
However, the CST said in a statement that the Westview prices were “insulting” and said that it had “protested to the club’s executives in the strongest possible terms” the proposed price rises when they were made aware of the decision back in April.
The CST added: “Not only is CFC out-pricing loyal supporters, but this decision would force long-time supporters to relocate at Stamford Bridge.
“The CST is deeply concerned that football will become even more out of reach for many more of our supporters and this will undoubtedly cause problems for future generations.
“The CST requests that the Chelsea board reconsider this price increase.”
Season ticket holders have been contacted and have until May next year to decide whether or not they wish to renew their existing seats, move within the newly rebranded Westview or move to other parts of the stadium.
Chelsea will aim to accommodate supporters that currently sit together and would like to move seats as a whole group, should there be availability. Other fans that would like to move to Westview will be able to join a waitlist on 10 January 2022.