Sunday August 18 2013
La Liga season ticket sales down

Reports in Spain maintain the sale of La Liga season tickets for the 2013-14 campaign are down on previous seasons.

Although there are still signings to be made with two weeks of the summer transfer window remaining, most clubs are weighed down by increasing debt and have accordingly raised their prices, a situation seen as a major contributing factor as the country struggles through an economic crisis.

Eleven teams have increased season ticket prices for this season: Almeria, Barcelona, Celta Vigo, Elche, Espanyol, Getafe, Levante, Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Real Valladolid.

The remainder have lowered their prices except for Real Betis, who have maintained the same cost. The cheapest highest-priced season ticket on offer is at Levante for €440, while the most expensive is the €1,840 Real Madrid fans would need to cough up to get prime seats in the Santiago Bernabeu.

La Liga President Javier Tebas said last year that the number of spectators at grounds in Spain had fallen 2.4 per cent compared with the previous season, and evidence this summer suggests the trend will continue.

Meanwhile, Madrid and Barca are the only two clubs that can feasibly allow an increase on season tickets as both have long waiting lists in that department.

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