Bosses at Macclesfield Town have defended the cost of match tickets. A survey for BBC released last week said the cheapest season ticket at the Moss Rose was more expensive than the cheapest at Manchester City.
Bosses at Macclesfield Town have defended the cost of match tickets.
A survey for BBC released last week said the cheapest season ticket at the Moss Rose was more expensive than the cheapest at Manchester City.
However, the club’s chief executive has rubbished the claims saying the figures are inaccurate.
Jon Harris said in fact the cheapest Silkmen season ticket was £220 – £55 cheaper than City’s cheapest offering.
And he said fans of the club, who were last season relegated got to see 23 home league games for that price, as opposed to just 19 in the Premier League.
The most expensive Macc season ticket is £365, but Mr Harris said he believed the club gave its fans value for money.
He said: "Manchester City are our neighbours and a fantastic club with whom we have a great relationship so I’m not going to criticise them.
"But I’m confident we do provide value for money – 23 games for £220 works out at £9.56 a game. There’s not many cinemas you could get into for that price.
"What we’re trying to do is improve the match day experience. It’s difficult as we are competing with City, United and Stoke.
"But we have a core support of around 2,000 and the key thing for us is to keep them happy as they are the ones who keep coming through."
The club has also sold 1,000 discounted season tickets to Peaks and Plains Housing trust who are distributing them to community groups, to use on a game by game basis.
The aim is to allow fans who may not be able to afford tickets to still attend games.
Jon Smart, chairman of the Silkmen Supporters Trust, backed the club. He said: "I think they are very reasonable.
"Prices have been frozen for the last three seasons and I think it represents value for money.
"They reduced prices significantly around four years ago and it didn't really have an affect on attendances, it just meant less money was coming in.
"But in fairness they haven’t gone up much since then."