National League’s play-off ticket prices cause widespread fury ahead of final

The National League's play-off final ticket prices have caused widespread fury from fans of Grimsby Town and Solihull Moors.

Ticket prices were released on Sunday after the two finalists had been confirmed, with both clubs informing their fans of the cost of attending the match at West Ham United's London Stadium this coming Sunday. However, with adult tickets varying between £40 and £45, supporters have slammed the National League for their pricing structure.

It will also cost £20 for a ticket for those aged under 16, with no separate price for young adults or fans aged 65 and over.

Reacting to the prices, one Grimbsy fan tweeted: “How can anyone in Grimsby afford that?” Whilst another added: “Just cost me £130 for 3 tickets to f***ing watch non league football…”

A third Mariners fan also criticised the pricing as they wrote: “So it's £44 because of the delivery fee and booking fee… What a joke of a price.”

Solihull fans were also unimpressed, with one writing: “£40? You're taking the p*** guys.” Meanwhile, one other supporter added: “It was actually cheaper to go to the EFL finals at Wembley…”

But the National League insist that the difficult prospect of finding a venue suitable – as well as the large cost of hiring it – has contributed to the pricing.

And they vow that every penny earned in profit will be redistributed to the league's member clubs.

Chief executive Mark Ives issued a statement on the ticketing for the final, explaining: “The prices are a decrease on last year and the bottom line price is in line with previous seasons.

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“In 2018 and 2019, when the game was played at Wembley, adult tickets were £36 and £41. The National League had a problem this season in finding a venue large enough to accommodate a potential 50,000 crowd if Wrexham and Notts County had qualified that was available.

“The London Stadium fitted that criteria, although it was pointed out that all six clubs who were in the play-offs were from the Midlands or the North. One hundred percent of any profits from the game will be redistributed to member clubs.”

Grimsby knocked out both Notts County and Wrexham on route to the play-off final, beating County 2-1 after extra time in the quarter finals before a thrilling 5-4 win over Wrexham on Saturday.

With the exception of the 2011 and 2021 finals, the National League play-offs have concluded at Wembley Stadium since 2007. Last year's match was played at Ashton Gate in Bristol instead in order to avoid a clash with the Euros.

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