Leading fans’ associations of both Madrid clubs strongly oppose suggested pricing for their derby clash in Copa del Rey final. With most expensive entry possibly at €250, they fear fans would get priced out, despite having built it in the first place.
Valores del Madridismo (Real’s supporters trust) and Señales de Humo (equivalent at Atlético) teamed up in a joint statement against pricing policy for the Copa del Rey final, in which both teams will meet in May.
Though no official prices were released yet, there are suggestions that admission may cost between €60 and €250. That’s out of the line for both fanbases.
“Prices […] would be unacceptably high, more so in the current economic crisis. At these prices the Federation could make a box office of over €7 million, at the cost of leaving out of the stands at the Bernabeu fans and push away less affluent fans who, lest we forget, are those who have contributed their economic and emotional investment to the growth of football in our country” we read at FASFE.org, website of national fan federation of Spain.
Fan organizations give the example of UEFA, who in recent years started consulting supporters about pricing for their cup final games. This led to a decrease in prices for some games.
This year’s Copa del Rey final will be played at Santiago Bernabeu on May 17, but Real cannot count on a full stadium-advantage as both clubs will receive similar ticket allocations of some 37,000.