Throughout the 2015 international season we’ve been researching the price of tickets for England matches. We approached each host county and asked them to tell us how many seats they were selling, for each match, in which price brackets.
Only Durham, Glamorgan, and Warwickshire, were prepared to disclose the exact number of tickets available for specific prices. For those grounds we were able to calculate the average ticket price. For the others, the best remaining option was to work out a notional average which assumes each stand has the same capacity.
Earlier in the season we reported that the average ticket price for the New Zealand tests was £51.63 (albeit with a £31.75 difference between Lord’s and Headingley); for the New Zealand ODIs was £48.91; and for the Ashes was £81.69.
“Prices from £70.00 for Adults and £30.00 for Under 17s”.
For a family of four attending the match – two adults and two under-seventeens, the minimum price would be £200.
Second ODI – Lord’s, Saturday 5th September
The MCC told us that the prices for tickets in each stand are as follows:
Upper Grand Stand – £125.
Grand Stand – £110.
Upper Mound Stand – £125.
Mound Stand – £110.
Compton and Edrich Stands Upper – £110.
Compton and Edrich Stands Lower – two sections, £85 and £70 (average – £77.50).
If we assume that each stand has the same capacity, the average ticket price for the Lord’s ODI is £109.58.
The MCC also sell restricted view seats in all the above stands for £55 each. Seats in the Tavern, Allen and Warner stands are not on sale to the general public.
Tickets for under-sixteens are £20, which makes the average family-of-four price £259.16.
Third ODI – Old Trafford, Tuesday 8th September
Lancashire CCC were only prepared to direct us towards their ticketing website. From the limited information available there, the best I could deduce is that tickets are priced in the following categories:
1 – £68.
2 – £47.
They also have two small sections on sale for £41 and £129 but as these are likely to account only for a very small proportion of the tickets, I shall exclude them from the notional average, which is £57.50. However, it was almost certainly the case that ticket prices for any fully-sold stands were not visible, and it’s likely that a significant number of considerably more expensive tickets had been on sale previously.
Tickets for under-sixteens are available in price categories of £35 and £25, or an average of £30, making the family-of-four price £175. But Lancashire also offer packages in their family stand of “£45 for one adult and one junior (under 16) and £90 for two adults and two juniors (under 16)”.
Fourth ODI, Headingley – Friday 11th September
Yorkshire CCC sent the following information.
A – £50
B – £60
C – £65
D – £70
E – £75
F – £80.
The notional average ticket price is £66.67. Tickets for juniors are £20 each, making the family of four price £173.34.
Fifth ODI – Old Trafford, Sunday 13th September
For this match, their website revealed too little information for any meaningful analysis to be possible.
The bottom line
This fourth instalment of our ticket survey – the England v Australia ODI series – has been the most frustrating of the summer, as the two clubs hosting three of the five matches were not prepared to disclose any meaningful data about the prices. Given that the county clubs are in this context public bodies, who operate a monopoly, and that the matches are public events in which the public has equity, I believe they are morally obliged to be open and honest about what they charge spectators to attend.
Glamorgan, Durham and Warwickshire saw no problem in outlining to us their prices, in full detail, so our request can neither have been impossible nor unfair.
Realistically, the average prices at the Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford are likely to be around £85 for the former, and £65 for the latter.
One conclusion we can draw, though, is yet again the exorbitant premium imposed on London spectators. The average price at Lord’s – £109.58 – is very nearly double the £66.67 average at Headingley. Is this what the MCC truly mean by ‘the spirit of cricket’?