The cost of your football season ticket (to the pub)


New research from broadbandchoices has revealed the cost of a football season ticket for fans of the 20 teams watching either at the pub, or from the comfort of their own homes - thanks to a study of Britons analysed alongside correlating research into the number of televised Premier League games in the UK this season so far.

  • Almost 41 per cent of British footie fans tend to watch their team's televised games at the pub, with the average spend per match equating to £30 for food and drinks
  • Home comforts: Nearly 87 per cent watch games from their sofa, with broadband costs and bought-in drinks and snacks adding up to £19.20 per match
  • Priciest Premiership team: Research into the number of Premiership Games televised this season has worked out how much fans would've spent so far at the pub versus at home
  • Watching all 18 televised matches at a pub would've cost Arsenal fans £595.80 - but only £385.20 if they watched from home
  • At the other end of the spectrum, watching their team's five televised matches would've cost Watford fans £165.50 at the pub, but just £107.00 at home

The team at conducted a poll of more than 1,000 British Premier League Football fans in a bid to uncover the true cost of following each Premier League football team - depending on where in the country fans live, and how they choose to watch it. 

When asked how often they watched their team's televised matches, more than a quarter (26 per cent) stated 'every match', with a further 38 per cent claiming they watched 'almost every match'. As for where they watch it, 87 per cent of fans said they did so at home, 41 per cent watch games from the pub, and 24 per cent enjoy them from a friend's home.

Of those who watched games from home, the average amount of money spent on drinks, food, and their broadband/TV package costs per game emerged as £19.20 across the UK, while the typical amount spent during a match viewed at the pub (again, on food and drinks) was revealed to be £30.00.

Researchers were also able to delve even further into the average amount spent by fans of each Premier League Football team, and found that the amount of money spent during matches at the pub and at home could differentiate depending on which club they support. 

Taking these specific team-based findings, as well as the number of televised matches so far this season for each club into account, broadbandchoices could calculate the cost of a football season ticket to the pub, and compare the price difference of watching each game from home.

3 Priciest 'Pub Season Ticket' Costs

1. Arsenal - £595.80 (versus £385.20 to watch at home)
2. Tottenham Hotspur - £562.70 (versus £363.80 to watch at home)
3. Chelsea - £463.40 (versus £299.60 to watch at home)

3 Cheapest 'Pub Season Ticket' Costs

1. Watford - £165.50 (versus £107.00 to watch at home)
2. Burnley - £172.50 (versus £131.00 to watch at home)
3. Swansea City - £181.30 (versus £90.30 to watch at home)

Here's the full set of results for all 20 Premiership clubs:

Football price at home vs pub

The most expensive team to watch at the pub was found to be Arsenal, whose fans have been able to watch 18 televised matches since August - that would cost fans watching in the pub £595.80, but home viewers just £385.20 to date. At the lower end of the scale, meanwhile, Watford fans who've been to the pub to watch all five televised games this season would've spent £165.50 out, and just £107.00 from home.

Vix Leyton, consumer expert at, said:

"If you can't physically get to the game then there is no denying that a Saturday afternoon spent at the pub watching the football with friends can feel like the next best thing. But when you consider that some of the top flight teams have had up 17 or 18 games televised so far, your season ticket to the pub could end up costing you a small fortune.

"Taking a few breaks from the bar to watch matches from your sofa can have benefits beyond always having the best seat in the house. By applying a good strategy to getting the best broadband and TV deal you can make sure you have all the sports and commentary at your fingertips for the lowest price, even when the 90 minutes is up. Plus getting your mates around and chipping in for drinks and food can unlock enough to kit yourself out in the new strip ready for next season - or for that last minute, impulse trip to the finals."


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