The Chelsea Supporters Trust has penned an open letter to the club over changes in ticket pricing
An open letter has been written by the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust to the club in response to changes in ticket pricing at Stamford Bridge. The trust has described the proposed season ticket prices as “unconscionable” and warned that there could be “irreversible toxicity.”
Under new ownership from Boehly and Clearlake Capital since May 2022, Chelsea has implemented several changes in how the club operates, including the introduction of a Fan Advisory Board (FAB) with representation from supporters. The supporters’ trust plays a vital role in holding the club accountable for decisions that benefit the fans after the failed European Super League proposals in April 2021.
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CST letter to Todd Boehly on tickets prices.
— Chelsea Supporters’ Trust⭐️⭐️ (@ChelseaSTrust) March 9, 2023
The statement by the CST is a three-page letter addressed to Todd Boehly and the rest of the board, which touches on key issues such as the cost of living crisis, commercial revenue, atmosphere, and on-field performances. The letter claims that the proposed price increases are “unconscionable” amid the cost of living crisis and could drive supporters away, particularly as many are already sacrificing to afford attending games.
Chelsea has acknowledged the letter and further contact has been requested between the CST and the club. The decision on how the club will respond to this issue, given the rising costs of football and general living, remains to be seen.