FOLLOWING a public outcry over the ‘exorbitant’ gate charges pegged by the Premier Soccer League at the start of the 2021 season, the fees have been reduced, B-Metro Sport can report.
The initial gate charges had been set at US$20 or the equivalent at the prevailing interbank market rate on that particular day for the rest of the ground.
The gate fees were later reduced to US$10 for the rest of the ground but football fans still complained that the gate charges were out of reach for many supporters.
Local stadiums are generally divided into three segments with the VIP section being the most expensive stand, while the Grand Stands charges a bit less and the Rest of the Ground offers the cheapest tickets to watch a live match.
“The Premier Soccer League has engaged various stakeholders including club supporters’ associations concerning gate charges for PSL matches.
“While the PSL notes that clubs suffered huge financial losses during the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to incur a lot of costs in preparation for matches, we also understand the need to make our matches appealing and affordable to football fans who are the heartbeat of the game.
“Taking into account the above, the PSL has reviewed gate charges for all PSL matches effective from the Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals to be played this weekend,” said the PSL in a statement.
Football fans will enjoy games at US$3 for the Rest of the Ground while those that prefer sitting in the Grand Stands will part with US$5.
The VIP stand will cost US$10.