- In the Premier League, Hull’s KCOM stadium provides the best value for money entertainment
- Bayer Leverkusen’s BayArena is the best value in the Bundesliga
- The most expensive place to see a goal scored in the Premier League is Emirates stadium, where it costs a whopping £27.52
- The worst value for money in the Bundesliga is a comparatively very reasonable £12.05 per goal at Darmstadt
What defines value-for-money entertainment?
We’ve taken the average price of a season ticket at all top-flight English and German clubs and tallied the number of goals scored in each stadium to find out the cost per goal. Unsurprisingly, good value doesn’t always mean good news for the home sides.
Value for money doesn’t always mean happy home fans
In the Premier League, Hull, Swansea and Sunderland boasted value for money entertainment, each with a cost of less than £9 per goal. However, they did all concede far more goals than they netted themselves leaving the local faithful disappointed. That disappointment was compounded for Hull and Sunderland, who were also relegated to the Championship at the close of the season. The third relegated side, Middlesbrough also conceded more than they scored at home as did Southampton and West Ham, who endured a baptism of fire in their first season at London Stadium, conceding 31 and netting only 19 times.
Which are the worst value stadiums in the Premier League?
Whilst spurs score plenty at home, the sky-high average season ticket price of £1,330.00 at White Hart Lane means that they represent poor value entertainment at a staggering £23.75 per goal witnessed at home games. Another factor in this high price is the rock-solid Tottenham back line, who often leave away fans frustrated, letting in just 9 goals all season.
The worst value for money overall comes at the Emirates where fans will pay a huge £27.52 to see a goal, again this is due to a £1,513.50 average season ticket price. This is despite 55 goals being scored in the stadium last season.
Despite having less teams overall, the Bundesliga saw more home teams with a negative goal difference – 7 in total.
In the German Bundesliga
These included the 3 best value for money teams in Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Ingolstadt. As well as Augsburg, Hamburg, Darmstadt and surprisingly – considering they finished the season a European spot – Freiburg, who showed the value in travelling well in the Bundesliga. The main factors in Bayer Leverkusen boasting the best value home stadium are the reasonably priced £360.45 average season tickets as well as a season long goal-fest taking place at home games with 55 scored in total at the BayArena. A figure only topped by Bayern’s Allianz and Mainz’ Opel Arena where 64 and 56 goals were witnessed respectively.
Which are the worst value stadiums in the Bundesliga?
Compared to the Premier League, the cost of witnessing a goal in the Bundesliga is reasonable, even at the worst value end of the scale. It only costs more than £11 to see a goal at 4 stadiums last season; FC Cologne’s RheinEnergie Stadion, Schalke’s Veltins-Arena, Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt and at Darmstadt’s Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion where you can expect to spend a reasonable £12.05 to see a goal scored. The main factor in this is that they had the highest season ticket price, £517.98.
Our top tip – give the German league a go
Whilst the Premier League does offer value for money at a select few stadiums, you have pretty much the freedom of the league to choose from in Germany. If you are considering holidaying there anyway, it’s definitely worth checking the football fixtures when they are announced this summer before you book to time your break and see some great value-for-money football entertainment.
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