Manchester City playing staff show generosity toward club's fans. Captain leads the cheers…
The average ticket price throughout the English football league pyramid may have dropped by a touch under 2.5% according to BBC Sport's latest Price of Football report, and out of all adult season tickets, Manchester City do have the cheapest available for Premier League clubs at £299 (most expensive is Arsenal at £1,955), but that has not stopped the Manchester City players from recognising that many football fans are being priced out of watching their team due to the increasing costs associated with live soccer.
In what is an extraordinary act of generosity toward away fans, the players and coaches at Manchester City have made a uniform donation out of their own pay-packets which allows the club to provide half-price tickets for a number of away games to current season-ticket holders.
While neighbours Manchester United have reduced their away tickets by £4 which is in line with a move by the Premier League to make the match-going experience less costly for traveling fans, City have added more to to their pot by donating a further £200,000 to their kitty, a minimum of £1,000 per player/coach.
Tom Glick, chief commercial and operating officer, is quoted by Manchester Evening News to have said that: 'Manchester City fans are famous for their fiercely loyal and vocal support. They have stuck with the club through thick and thin for generations, and both the club and players want to say thank you.'
Club captain Vincent Kompany added: 'In my opinion, our away support is the best in the Premier League and we never take that for granted. Win, lose or draw, City supporters can always be heard throughout our games and I just hope that this initiative proves just how much we value this incredible support on the road.'
Other reductions City have made this season regarding live football at Eastlands includes a drop in the price tag of a cup of tea, from £2.50 last season, to £1.80 this year. The lowest season ticket price at the aforementioned £299, is incidently cheaper than three Conference Premier sides. And City are also one of only a few clubs where a home ticket, match-day programme, a pie and a cup of tea will total 'less than £30'.
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