August 31 – Premier League fans like what they are seeing, think the league is more exciting than ever, would take their children to games and is no longer the exclusive domain of the working class English male.
A survey of football fans by sports ticket broker Ticketgum.com finds that 74% of fans believe that football has changed for the better with only 40% believing that the game has become too money-orientated and only 31% saying the tickets are too expensive.
The survey polled 486 football fans aged 35-70 and found:
- 74% agreed that there are more female spectators than ever before.
- 38% believe football spectatorship has become more ‘middle-class’ in the past 15 years.
- 68% believe football today has wider appeal, reaching a larger demographic of spectators
- 76% of those surveyed believe during-match violence has declined dramatically; majority say this is due to better policing strategies and heightened security.
- 74% believe football has now become safer for spectators in general.
- 59% would bring their children to a game.
Standards and cost
- 71% believe football has become a more exciting sport.
- 90% believe the quality of play has improved in the past 15 years.
- 40% believe the game has become too money-orientated but just 31% think spectating has become too expensive.
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