The Premier League vs. The Bundesliga – The facts

The success of German football in 2012/13 has caused the British public to sit up and take notice of the Bundesliga. While many people (including myself) have fallen in love with the German game, there are equally as many people out there ready to dismiss these people as ‘hipsters’. So, how does the Bundesliga really compare to the Premier League when it comes to ticket prices? I researched the price of the cheapest adult season ticket at every top flight club in England and Germany (not including discounts for senior citizens or tickets for a designated disabled section) to find out just how good the German public have it in comparison to us. With the help of designer Sean Rainey (whose graphical wizardry puts my Microsoft Paint efforts to shame), this infographic compares the differences between German and England football, without the hyperbole and exaggeration which can often be found on social media.

Supporters Not Customers

Infographic produced by Sean Rainey, the designer behind some excellent stuff at the Legends of the Game online store.

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Posted on June 25, 2013, in General. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I agree with you, but it’s also a bit unfair to compare a ticket on the terrace to a seat. Personally, I’d pay more to be able to stand and not to be bound to a certain spot on the stand but be able to associate with and where I want, but when looking at it neutrally, a seat more covers more space than a person on a terrace and has some advantages as well.

    To give an example: I’m a season ticket holder at FC St. Pauli for many years and I always had tickets for the Gegengerade terrace. This season I moved to a special seated section on the same stand where you are allowed to stand as well (and everybody does) and where you don’t get a designated seat. Simple reason for my choice: I get a decent spot without having to enter the ground more than 1 hour before kick-off and it’s less packed. And if I’m in early, I can still sneak into the terraced area. Season ticket: 268 Euro (~206 GBP) instead of 140 Euro (~108 GBP) on the terrace. Still far cheaper than a seat at an EPL club or even in some lower leagues in England, but the difference looks much less dramatic.

    Comparing twice the amount of the cheapest standing ticket or looking at the cheapest seat in the Bundesliga to a seat in the EPL gives a better impression of the different level of prices. Terraces have different advantages: better atmosphere and the lower prices make it possible for people with less money and especially young people to go and see a match. That said, there are people that could afford a corporate box but are still on a terrace as it’s just a different culture and a lot of fun.

    Another fact about the cheap tickets for the terraces: at some clubs it’s not as easy to actually get one as they might all be sold to season ticket holders. If you just walk to the ticket office and ask for a ticket, some clubs might only be able to offer you a seat which might still be cheaper, but not in a totally different dimension.

  2. Hi Ben, thanks for your work!
    I’m afraid, there is a little mistake due to translation issues, as your 80,-€ price at Bayern is for disabled persons, the 80,- at Wolfsburg is for children under 12 only, etc.
    So it’s a bit unfair to compare these with the Premier League full fare tickets.
    You can look up the figures in this article, (in German, unfortunately) in the “Steh Heim” column in the first jpg for the Bundesliga (and on the second jpg for the 2.Bundesliga, if you like):
    http://blog.uebersteiger.de/2013/06/24/preisubersicht-dauerkarten-1-2-fusball-bundesliga-20132014/
    The next colum (Sitz Heim, günstigste Kategorie) is the cheapest available seat, the next column is the most expensive one except VIP tickets. Feel free to use the numbers, I really enjoyed your article.

  3. Lovely design, but the “facts” presented here are a tad disingenuous

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