Cost of Ashes Test tickets will freeze out ‘ordinary’ fans
I HAD heard talk of the high price of tickets for the Test at Headingley next year before I received (as a YCCC member) my glossy brochure for membership and Test ticket prices for 2019. I am stunned. Long ago, I gave up attending Test matches, owing to the high admission price. I have been to an occasional day or two over the last 25 years but that’s it.
I fancied the Ashes Test next summer but have now discovered that for myself and my wife (both YCCC members) to attend all five days (I know it probably won’t last five days but that’s not the point) will cost £830 to sit where we normally sit, in the East Stand.
We could save £100 if we want to sit on the Western Terrace but the general behaviour there often goes beyond the bounds of what I call acceptable: swearing, drunkeness and beer being chucked around not being for me and my wife, thank you.
It is my opinion £830 is a totally disgraceful sum of money to expect a couple to pay to attend a sporting event.
In common with, I imagine, a large number of “ordinary” cricket lovers, we simply cannot afford it.
I have not added the cost of any stadium purchased food, drink and transport, parking etcetera because these are variable EXPENSIVE: according to the individual and not compulsory but could very easily take the five-day cost for a couple over the thousand-pound mark!
YCCC/ECB, no doubt, will somehow justify these prices and perhaps they’ll even sell out the ground but how many seats will bear witness to the backsides of “ordinary” cricket lovers? AFTER signing a spin bowler a few weeks ago, we are now being told that Yorkshire have recruited a fast bowler from ‘Down South’.
At the weekend, speaking to a neighbour who, like me, had been a member for many years (27 in my case) we wondered will the day come when, much like football, we have a team of outsiders.
Almost 30 years ago (autumn 1989) Phil Carrick led a campaign to abolish the club’s traditional policy of which all members were rightly proud in that we’d always find players from our many clubs to take the field.
During my service in the RAF when I found myself playing cricket two or three days every week, I often spoke to my various team-mates about the pride I felt about our genuine, Yorkshire team. Rugby League Challenge Cup final.
But surely the main reason is that one of the teams, Catalan Dragons, came from France and as such only 4,000-5,000 people actually made the journey to Wembley.
Watching Steve Smith and Australia at Headingley next summer will be costly.