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Aug 25, 2014

Bundesliga standing ticket costs soar

Dortmund standing tickets have gone up by 38 percent over 10 years.

Bundesliga ticket prices have risen by up to 51 percent for the cheapest standing season ticket over the past 10 years, a report in football magazine 11 Freunde has shown.

Cheap standing tickets are a major Bundesliga draw, enabling fans from throughout Europe to regularly attend matches in Germany's top division.

But the cost of such tickets is continuing to increase, and the 11 Freunde report showed that the cost of terrace season tickets has passed the 200 euros mark, increasing at a rate above inflation over the decade.

A season ticket for Dortmund's Sudtribune currently costs 204 euros, with prices up 38 percent over the 10-year period. At Schalke, prices have gone up 51 percent, with the Royal Blues now charging 190.5 euros.

Similar price hikes apply to the cheapest seats, with Dortmund's prices having gone up by 22 percent to around 450 euros and Schalke close to 450 -- 73 percent more than 10 seasons ago.

Although the cost of a similar ticket at Bayern Munich remains under 350 euros, supporters are now paying 36 percent more than in the 2005-06 season.

However, prices for the most expensive tickets appear to have reached a plateau, with costs at most clubs stalling over the past three seasons.

In September 2010, German football fans kicked off a nationwide campaign named Kein Zwanni -- roughly translating as "20 is enough" -- against accelerating price rises.

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