On Wednesday this week, Pars Review set a Twitter poll to get fans' feedback and opinions on the cost of football in our division.
The results of the poll are shown below. Fans were ask to select a realistic admission price, and for the purpose of the poll only adult prices were included. Expanding the poll to cover concessions, parent and child deals, and other categories, would require a whole study rather than a 24 hour Twitter poll. So while the poll does not cover admission prices for every type of supporter, it still reflects the biggest supporter category - non-concessionary adults.
Looking at admission prices across the division, with the exception of Brechin City (who have by far the smallest stadium and also the least expensive admission prices), the differing facilities, stadium capacities and general standard of the venues are not always reflected in prices (it is more expensive to get into Morton or Dumbarton than East End Park). Clubs set their own prices and the complete list of all adult and concession prices are also listed below.
So the poll asked fans to assess the cost of entry for the second tier of Scottish football, regardless of the merits of each club's stadium. What amount do fans deem as a fair amount to watch a Championship game? For the sake of realism, the lowest price option was set at £10. It would not be possible for clubs in the division, the vast majority being full-time, to survive on current attendances while charging, for example, £5 for adults.
Pars Review Twitter poll results (poll ran from 11am on Wednesday this week, for 24 hours).
The most acceptable price for Championship football, (£15) with 53% of the total votes, is only available at Brechin City. Only 4% of those who responded thought the most common price (£20) was acceptable for an adult.
Here are all current walk-up prices for this season's Championship clubs. I went through all 10 clubs' websites to gather this information. For clubs with main stands that had slightly higher prices, I used prices for their other stands, to reflect standard admission prices. As you can see from the list, clubs have varying types of concession categories. Some did not list specific types of concessions, such as disabled prices; some listed more concession types than others. The information below is exactly as it is listed on the clubs' websites.
Most clubs did not list "Parent and Child" prices, unless noted below. There has been a shift from Parent and Child deals to lowering admission prices for younger children, with the assumption being that they will be accompanied by a parent in any case.