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CSL Season Ticket Price Hikes Across the Country But Still A Bargain

With just over a week before the Chinese Super League season kicks off, we’re finally getting news about season ticket prices.  Across the country, ticket prices have gone up considerably, many teams raised prices by 25-50%, with Shanghai Shenhua’s price raise being the most dramatic.  As regular prices move closer to $100 (and in some cases far surpass it, especially for better seats), the question the league now faces is how much higher can prices go in some cities before fans start to push back.

Even considering those price raises, season tickets include all 15 Chinese Super League matches and at least one CFA Cup match, making them an incredibly good deal for any football fan.  Most teams even include a free scarf or “replica” jersey with their season tickets. The chart below shows the price of season tickets in each Chinese Super League city along with that city or province’s GDP, demonstrating truly how good a deal Beijing and Dalian season tickets are (and Shenxin as well, though they are playing closer to Zhejiang than Shanghai’s city center).

Club Season Ticket Price(s)     City/Province GDP
Guangzhou Evergrande           350-800              43596
Beijing Guoan             500             70251
Liaoning Whowin             380             40003
Jiangsu Sainty   300 (students, 220)             51999
Shandong Luneng          480-1380             41147
Qingdao Jonoon          120-1000             41147
Changchun Yatai       400 (VIP, 888)             31232
Hangzhou Greentown          380-1380             49791
Guizhou Renhe             280             13221
Tianjin Teda             600             70402
Shanghai Shenhua     800 (VIP, 1500)             73297
Dalian Shide             200             40003
Henan Construction           270-540             23398
Shanghai Shenxin             270             73297
Dalian Aerbin     300 (VIP, 500)             40003
Guangzhou Fuli             320             43596

*All amounts above in RMB

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Kenneth Chilcoat

    29/02/2012 at 21:52

    I bought my tickets with one of the Jiangsu supporters groups and then ended up costing me 200rmb and that includes a scarf and t-shirt. If I was a student it would have only cost me 150rmb.

    • bcheng

      29/02/2012 at 22:48

      I was just going by what Sohu posted, not surprised they got it wrong (or their information was incomplete). Even at RMB300, it wouldn’t be bad, RMB200’s a steal. Unfortunately, elsewhere in the country, prices are going up considerably…

  2. Norton006

    29/02/2012 at 22:39

    Kenneth how do you go about getting the tickets with Jiangsu, i’m interested!

    • Kenneth Chilcoat

      03/03/2012 at 23:37

      I check out one of the Jiangsu message boards for info on the club. Here is the thread talking about the season tickets..

      http://www.xici.net/#d164455218.htm

      If you want you could probably just wait until the first home match of the season and buy season tickets outside the stadium. That’s what I’ve done in the past.

  3. David

    03/03/2012 at 13:48

    This is so wonderfully compiled and useful. Thanks very much bcheng. I’ll see you in Goingti!

  4. Samuel Green

    05/03/2012 at 14:53

    bcheng, do you know anyone selling a Guoan season ticket? I left it too late (didn’t realize they were on sale) and I’m desperate for one now. Don’t want to give money to a season ticket scalper though. Bastards profiteering off innocents!

    • WEF Editor

      05/03/2012 at 21:48

      judas

    • bcheng

      06/03/2012 at 00:52

      Nope, sorry. Season tickets were nearly impossible to come by as it is, at this point you’re out of luck and will need to deal with the scalpers…

  5. Raoul Weatherell

    08/03/2012 at 16:41

    Any news on what the matchday tickets will cost for Shanghai Shenhua? They were around 50 last year, had Anelka’s arrival boomed up the price?

    • WEF Editor

      08/03/2012 at 18:43

      It’s not clear just now unfortunately, the first few games are likely to be sold out, so it will be tough to get tickets. Official tickets from the ticket office won’t be more than 100, but buying from scalpers will be a lottery. Best arrive very early if you want to try your luck at getting a matchday ticket.

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