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Old 17th December 2018, 20:15   #1
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This week, I received my 'County Members' application form for next year's Lord's Test Matches. I expected the Ashes tickets to set a new high in price but I didn't anticipate by quite how much. Upper Edrich and Grandstand come in at 150 - and that's for 'all ages' (ie there's no junior rate for those stands). This constitutes a rise of over 35% since the last Lord's Ashes Test in 2015.

I thought perhaps this was just a London thing, for people with more money than sense. However, a glance at the Yorkshire CCC website reveals that the Emerald Stand at Headingley is priced at between 130 and 150 - again, with no dispensation for juniors.

150. Not much less than the price of some annual county memberships. The popularity of Tests may be declining around the world but it would appear that the draw of The Ashes remains as powerful as ever. I guess as long as there are enough mugs who will stump up the dosh, prices will continue to rocket.
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Yes it's simple supply and demand. Personally I think it's just about ok value, and I'm someone who finds paying 18 for a day's Championship cricket a bit of a rip off. I suppose Headingley are milking it to cover for the redevelopment as it does seem a bit steep by their usual standards.
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Personally I think 150 for a snails pace day of cricket is a joke. I would love to be at Lords once again but not at any price.
For the record 150 is 25 more than a membership at Leicestershire. I accept totally that we won't see any test standard cricket at Grace Road but there is no doubt which offers better value for money.
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Old 17th December 2018, 21:44   #4
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This week, I received my 'County Members' application form for next year's Lord's Test Matches. I expected the Ashes tickets to set a new high in price but I didn't anticipate by quite how much. Upper Edrich and Grandstand come in at 150 - and that's for 'all ages' (ie there's no junior rate for those stands). This constitutes a rise of over 35% since the last Lord's Ashes Test in 2015.

I thought perhaps this was just a London thing, for people with more money than sense. However, a glance at the Yorkshire CCC website reveals that the Emerald Stand at Headingley is priced at between 130 and 150 - again, with no dispensation for juniors.

150. Not much less than the price of some annual county memberships. The popularity of Tests may be declining around the world but it would appear that the draw of The Ashes remains as powerful as ever. I guess as long as there are enough mugs who will stump up the dosh, prices will continue to rocket.
Keep the riff-raff out. Don't want people who aren't from the right sort of family trespassing on their annual day out. Some of them are even state educated don't you know!
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Old 17th December 2018, 21:51   #5
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Personally I think 150 for a snails pace day of cricket is a joke. I would love to be at Lords once again but not at any price.
For the record 150 is 25 more than a membership at Leicestershire. I accept totally that we won't see any test standard cricket at Grace Road but there is no doubt which offers better value for money.
I totally agree. I view 20 for a day's Championship cricket as one of sport's great bargains but a ton for a day at a Test as exorbitant (at least 6 fewer overs as well). And yet, I invariably still end up forking out for the Test.
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I've given up on international cricket. 150 is return flights to Scotland or car hire up there for a week, ie a sizable chunk of a holiday, and anyhow, when it comes to watching cricket, the view on my tv is much better. Plus I have cover from the rain or sun.
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All my kids would watch a day’s test cricket. I might struggle to convince the wife but you never know. However, 150*5= 750. Chuck in a return train ticket and a bit of food and not that much change from a grand. Incredible.
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I should point out that 150 was top whack at Lord's. There are cheaper options in the more restricted viewing areas, but some of those still come in at 100 for adults and 50 for kids.
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... Upper Edrich and Grandstand come in at 150 - and that's for 'all ages' (ie there's no junior rate for those stands). This constitutes a rise of over 35% since the last Lord's Ashes Test in 2015 ... a glance at the Yorkshire CCC website reveals that the Emerald Stand at Headingley is priced at between 130 and 150 - again, with no dispensation for juniors ...
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I should point out that 150 was top whack at Lord's. There are cheaper options in the more restricted viewing areas, but some of those still come in at 100 for adults and 50 for kids.
Whatever, it's a total rip-off, for tests as well as for the championship. It's a disgrace, especially as most people are so poor.
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Whatever, it's a total rip-off, for tests as well as for the championship. It's a disgrace, especially as most people are so poor.
I still think Championship cricket is a bargain compared to other entertainments. A gig at a medium sized venue in London will likely set you back 20 to 30. Similar for a restricted view seat in Theatreland. Admission to an Orient or Dagenham & Redbridge game in the National League (level 5) will be 15 to 20. You'd be lucky to get a round of five drinks in a London boozer for a purple note. In comparison, six hours of top level domestic sport seems a snip (and 20 is top end...an advance CC ticket usually weighs in at around 15).

The Test prices are ridiculous. But inevitable given the combination of 'events culture' in the UK and the universal ownership of credit cards, which allows for pretend money to be spent on such luxuries. I don't think I could rock up to a turnstile and hand over a ton and a half in cash but, a digital transaction on-line eight months in advance seems remote and painless.

Oh, for the days when I could saunter along to St Johns Wood on the morning of an Ashes Test, hand over four 1 notes and take whichever one of several thousand seats that took my fancy.
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I've given up on international cricket. 150 is return flights to Scotland or car hire up there for a week, ie a sizable chunk of a holiday, and anyhow, when it comes to watching cricket, the view on my tv is much better. Plus I have cover from the rain or sun.
Imbibe at a decent price...have a smoke whilst still watching the game, should you be so inclined....go to the toilet without missing half a dozen overs....

BUT...you won't be able to take a badly over-exposed photo of yourself at the match to post all over social media.
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The first four days of the Oval Test are already sold out. I don't know what the prices were but they won't be any lower next time with that level of demand.
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The first four days of the Oval Test are already sold out. I don't know what the prices were but they won't be any lower next time with that level of demand.
They were around the 100 mark as well, Rich. I paid 35 to watch Cook make his farewell century from the Peter May Stand last summer.
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I thought perhaps this was just a London thing, for people with more money than sense. However, a glance at the Yorkshire CCC website reveals that the Emerald Stand at Headingley is priced at between 130 and 150 - again, with no dispensation for juniors.
I have a ticket for Headingley on the Saturday in whatever the stand is next to the Western Terrace at 80. We've got twin rooms booked in the IBIS at 120, so all in less than the Lord's ticket. It probably won't even cost more to travel given we're all jumping in one car. Long since stopped doing Tests at Lord's (or Oval), and to be honest, the price hike has done me a favour in getting to visit loads of other grounds for roughly the same price.

As a Berkshire Cricketer, my daughter gets Middlesex Membership for 20 and can take her old man to any FC, One Day or T20 domestic game at Lord's. I intend to take her up on this very kind offer a couple of times this year.
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I still think Championship cricket is a bargain compared to other entertainments. A gig at a medium sized venue in London will likely set you back 20 to 30. Similar for a restricted view seat in Theatreland. Admission to an Orient or Dagenham & Redbridge game in the National League (level 5) will be 15 to 20. You'd be lucky to get a round of five drinks in a London boozer for a purple note. In comparison, six hours of top level domestic sport seems a snip (and 20 is top end...an advance CC ticket usually weighs in at around 15).

The Test prices are ridiculous. But inevitable given the combination of 'events culture' in the UK and the universal ownership of credit cards, which allows for pretend money to be spent on such luxuries. I don't think I could rock up to a turnstile and hand over a ton and a half in cash but, a digital transaction on-line eight months in advance seems remote and painless.

Oh, for the days when I could saunter along to St Johns Wood on the morning of an Ashes Test, hand over four 1 notes and take whichever one of several thousand seats that took my fancy.
The thing is a day at a match is but a chapter. It's like offering seats at the theatre but for each act only. Your 20 ticket at Orient or Dagenham entitles you to see an entire match. At the cricket you're not even guaranteed to see an entire day's play as it is at the mercy of the weather and the state of the match.

And if you want to see the denouement of something you've already invested eight hours plus travel time in it will cost you around 75 in total.


(In contrast membership, if you are unemployed or retired, is a bargain)
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And if you want to see the denouement of something you've already invested eight hours plus travel time in it will cost you around 75 in total.
Yep.....For the greatest activity on god's green earth, it's soooo inexpensive.
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As someone who likes to see the whole test where possible, the current pricing structure just prices people out of this. To do so this year at Headingley was crazy, probably more than my sky sports subscription for the year!
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I still think Championship cricket is a bargain compared to other entertainments. A gig at a medium sized venue in London will likely set you back 20 to 30. Similar for a restricted view seat in Theatreland. Admission to an Orient or Dagenham & Redbridge game in the National League (level 5) will be 15 to 20. You'd be lucky to get a round of five drinks in a London boozer for a purple note. In comparison, six hours of top level domestic sport seems a snip (and 20 is top end...an advance CC ticket usually weighs in at around 15). ...
It's good value for those who can afford and fully appreciate it. But some would say that about vintage Bollinger (not of the Doug variety). Most people can't afford the time to go for a whole day, and will be put off from going for just a session because they have to pay for all three. That's me on many a sunny morning as I trudge past Sophia Gardens, for example. It needs to be cheap enough for people to pop in for a bit when they can, with their kids, and with their mates who don't know much about cricket yet. The current pricing structure for CC games seems to be designed simply to keep the retired diehards paying their annual subs as members (rather than paying on the door for the games they attend); yet it also guarantees tiny audiences.
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It's good value for those who can afford and fully appreciate it. But some would say that about vintage Bollinger (not of the Doug variety). Most people can't afford the time to go for a whole day, and will be put off from going for just a session because they have to pay for all three. That's me on many a sunny morning as I trudge past Sophia Gardens, for example. It needs to be cheap enough for people to pop in for a bit when they can, with their kids, and with their mates who don't know much about cricket yet. The current pricing structure for CC games seems to be designed simply to keep the retired diehards paying their annual subs as members (rather than paying on the door for the games they attend); yet it also guarantees tiny audiences.
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It's good value for those who can afford and fully appreciate it. But some would say that about vintage Bollinger (not of the Doug variety). Most people can't afford the time to go for a whole day, and will be put off from going for just a session because they have to pay for all three. That's me on many a sunny morning as I trudge past Sophia Gardens, for example. It needs to be cheap enough for people to pop in for a bit when they can, with their kids, and with their mates who don't know much about cricket yet. The current pricing structure for CC games seems to be designed simply to keep the retired diehards paying their annual subs as members (rather than paying on the door for the games they attend); yet it also guarantees tiny audiences.
But isn't that what T20 does?
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