Barnet object to Man Utd ticket price cuts

October 3, 2005

League Two outfit Barnet have scuppered Manchester United's plans to slash prices for the Carling Cup third round clash between the pair at Old Trafford later this month.

Fearing a major struggle to fill their 67,500 capacity stadium and recognising an obvious opportunity to entice youngsters who would not normally get a chance to see their heroes in action live at the Theatre of Dreams, United proposed a radical revision of their ticket prices.

They planned to cut the cost of admission for juniors to just £5, while pegging non-member adult prices between £15 and £25.

However, the proposals needed the agreement of Barnet, who hope to pocket around £500,000 from the tie, and the North London side flatly rejected them.

Instead, the Underhill side have eventually rubber stamped a complicated pricing structure which will see members of United's automatic cup ticket scheme have their ticket prices cut by a third, no matter where they sit in the stadium.

The remaining seats will be cut by 15%, although United fans who are not members of the 'One United' scheme, as well the 6,000 away allocation, will be subjected to a £5 surcharge.

All juniors will pay £8, which at least gives United an opportunity to attract local schoolchildren, many of whom will be on half-term for the October 26 encounter.

Club officials are unhappy with Barnet's stance, which is aimed at maximising their own income from the tie. United feel the decision will cost the Londoners money because of the virtual certainty of a reduced gate.

Away supporters will have to pay £27 for their tickets, while some United fans will forced to stump up an incredible £36 - £10 more than it cost to see the semi-final tie with Chelsea in the same competition last term.

'Our original plans were for bigger reductions to encourage fans to come to this match but we have to accept Barnet FC's right to veto reductions as they want to maximise their revenue from this fixture,' said Old Trafford director of venue Karl Evans.

'We hope the junior concessions which we have secured will encourage young fans who would not normally be able to watch the team to come and experience a game at Old Trafford, especially since it is at half-term.'