Pompey fans face hike in ticket prices as club budgets for VAT rise

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POMPEY will increase their ticket prices by as much as 22 per cent for next season.

Tickets for the 2011/12 season are due to go on sale from 11am today – but at hiked up prices compared to this season.

An early bird season ticket renewal has shot up by 13 per cent, from £399 to £450, for an adult.

And an adult season pass in the family section has gone from £349 to £425 – an increase of 22 per cent.

Club officials say they have been forced to increase prices due to the rise in VAT.

And all Championship teams need to cover a three per cent levy on ticket sales to The Football League – a charge Pompey did not factor in this season.

Lucius Peart, Pompey’s commercial director, said: ‘This season Pompey fans have once again shown they are the most passionate in the country and we hope they continue their fantastic support next season.

‘There has been a slight increase in prices from this season due to the rise in VAT and payment of a levy to The Football League.

‘Despite this, we feel the prices offer value to our fantastic fans, while also making good business sense.’

But the Pompey Supporters Trust thinks the price hike will deter fans from filling Fratton Park, which has the capacity for 20,000 fans.

Ashley Brown, board member for the trust, said: ‘It’s disappointing.

‘We know there’s been a VAT increase and we need a way to balance the books, but the other important thing is to fill Fratton Park, and those sorts of increases are not going to achieve that.

‘Last year they consulted with fans, it’s a shame they didn’t do that this time.’

The club has also increased the price for several ‘category A’ games, for higher-profile matches.

Supporters buying tickets in the first phase can only buy their tickets by cash, cheque or by using Zebra Finance.

Second phase fans can pay by credit or debit card, call 0844 847 1898 or visit eticketing.co.uk/portsmouth