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Criticism of price increase for season tickets at RB Leipzig

RB fans cheer on the team from the stands in the Red Bull Arena / Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa
RB fans cheer on the team from the stands in the Red Bull Arena / Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa

Supporters of RB Leipzig criticize significant increase in season ticket prices, especially in Sector D. An online petition has been launched.

RB Leipzig supporters have criticized the significant increase in season ticket prices in a block previously popular with families. As the prices in Sector D have more than doubled in some cases, an online petition has been launched against the Bundesliga club's move. "As long as people in the structurally weak region of central Germany have less left in their wallets, we may be able to compete with top teams in terms of sport, but we shouldn't try to do so when it comes to revenue from stadium visitors," the fan association also wrote on its website.

Fan representatives were involved in the plans at an early stage, according to the club. However, they had not succeeded in "representing the interests of the fans to the committees involved with regard to the price increase." The "Mitteldeutsche Zeitung" first reported on the criticism.

RB Leipzig published the season ticket prices for the coming season last week. For the most part, the increases remained moderate and were generally justified by the club with increased matchday costs. In Sector D, the prices rose drastically. The full-payer price for a family of four with two children under the age of 14 will increase from a minimum of €844 to €1520. A children's ticket alone will rise from 91 to 235 euros per season. If tickets are used for at least 16 home games, half of the price increase will be credited for the 2025/26 season.

The club justified the increase to the MZ with the high no-show rate in this sector. In other words, fans bought the cheap tickets in this sector but did not show up to a large number of the matches. The club wants to tackle this. A minimum usage requirement of ten matches per season was introduced when the new prices were published. Otherwise, the ticket will be withdrawn.

The proportion of season tickets in the arena is currently 68 percent, which corresponds to 32,000 of the 47,000 seats. The club is aiming to reduce this proportion. At least six games must be attended this season. Season tickets that have been returned or withdrawn will not be reissued.

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