In another clear-sighted and popular move to further open Argentine football up to the people of the country, the AFA announced on Tuesday that ticket prices for the Primera División would, for the third time in 30 months, be hiked again. The cheapest tickets, for the popular stands behind the goals, will be increased in value from AR$30 to AR$40 – a 33% increase. And all this comes in spite of the fact that conditions in the stadia for the fans are exactly the same now as they were a decade ago.
Official government measurements suggest the cost of living in Argentina has risen by 5.9% since January 2010, as inflation continues to be a problem in the country, but a rise of 33% was bluntly explained by AFA officials, who claimed that when prices were last raised, the added cost went towards increased security at grounds, and that clubs didn’t get any benefit from this. Just over a year before AFA president Julio Grondona is up for re-election, and with club presidents being the ones who’ll cast the votes for him, it’s hard to see where the motivation for this rise has come from, isn’t it?
Pensioners will pay half price whilst children will pay AR$12, but the plateas – the stands at the side of the pitch – will also see sharp rises; prices will start at AR$90 and rise to, in some stands at some clubs, possibly over AR$200. In the lower divisions, adult tickets for the populares will range in price from AR$12 in Primera D to AR$30 in Nacional B.
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