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English Premier League Football Tickets

Does anyone know the best way to get tickets to an EPL
(or other) match? I'll be in London in December and am interested in seeing a match. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

Posted by
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If your interested in Arsenal or Chelsea, those tickets are very hard to come-by unless you are registered with the team. Once in a while they sell tickets to the general public-check the teams' websites for more details as you get closer to your trip. You can also try your luck with scalpers outside the stadium/underground station on the day of the match. They will either be buying or selling. If they are only buying, your out of luck-the Japanese fans will pay top dollar when and if tickets materialize. You may also be able to buy tickets at the official US fan clubs:
www.arsenalamerica.com or
http://tinyurl.com/5nffxu

Posted by
264 posts

There are certainly opportunities to get tickets on the streets for the matches especially if you are willing to be flexible in who you see and when you see them. Probably easier to See West Ham play Stoke on a Monday Night then a Derby match or one of the big 4.

Remember Fulham, West Ham, Spurs all play in London in addition to Chelsea and Aresenal.

Also consider a Coca Cola Championship game. Smaller venues, cheaper tickets but unlike American Minor Leagues games still get 15-20k in Attendence. The English are as passionate about these teams as well.

Posted by
5 posts

Thanks so much for the suggestions and advice! I think I may take my chances outside of the the stadium since it seems a little complicated to do it from the states. Thanks for any other advice anyone may have!

Posted by
691 posts

hi fletcher, we had a very hard time finding tickets to a bayern munich game coming up this year's oktoberfest. finally my husband got them from ebay, we paid more than what they are really worth, but that is his treat for the trip! i suggest you check on ebay, search under the team you want to see vs visiting team, season ticket holders sell some of their tickets on ebay, also sign up for the team's website you want to see, there are several in london. there is also some package available wich includes hotel and tickets,they are expensive but it all depends on how much you really want them! i have seen the fc barcelona in barcelona last year, i am not a football/soccer fan but i loved it! good luck!

Posted by
495 posts

It's worth noting that whilst generally in the UK ticket re-selling ("Scalping" to NAs) is perfectly legal, there is one exception. You guessed it... football tickets!

Now it's pretty much a victimless crime and, as anyone who's wandered the streets outside a football match will know, very commonplace but it is still a criminal offence. If Fletcher goes down that route he will not be the only one and (probably) his chances of getting in trouble are next to none but I'd say the usual caveats about breaking the law in a foreign country apply.

Posted by
9088 posts

Debbie that strategy won't work when trying to get tickets for the more high profile teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, or Man U. There is a huge waiting list just to get registered. Scalpers or ticket agencies are your only option for these teams. Also, Italian league matches are no more "dangerous" than any other league in Europe. All countries have there problems from time to time just ask the Manchester police: http://tinyurl.com/62bufh

Posted by
26 posts

Hi

I would advise you not to buy from the scalpers outside the stadium.

If I were you, I would call the club's ticket office and book a ticket on the phone. You can collect before the game.

Good luck!

Al

Posted by
290 posts

Don't buy from scalpers. Buy now directly from the team of your choice website & have the tickets mailed to you. You'll have to register on the site, but it's worth it. Be prepared for the cost as it will not be cheap, but you can get some fantastic seats. I did this last December for my husband's birthday for the match between Fulham and Newcastle. If you end up going to a Fulham game, make sure you get tickets for the riverside section of the stadium. December is freezing cold and that side is a bit warmer since it is mostly protected from the cold winds coming off the Thames. Don't forget to dress warm with hat, scarf, & gloves or you will be a human popcycle. You can take the underground or bus but there will be a bit of a walk to the stadium either way, so I opted for the underground. The fans from each club playing sit in completely different sections. Be preparred for a wait while the visiting team's fans are let out first. They do this to cut down on fighting, but the games in London are very safe to go to....not like Italy at all. Then be prepared for the usual crowds using the underground & buses on the way out. The police meter how many folks are allowed onto the platform for the trains, but it goes pretty fast.

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Michael, Maybe I was just lucky, but I looked at ALL the teams playing the week we were in London and ALL of them had tickets available, including an international game Chelsea was playing. The only reason I picked a Saturday night Fulham game was timing and price. I didn't want to pay $320 minimum a ticket for the Chelsea game and all the other games didn't fit into our packed time schedule or were a little more expensive. My advise is to at least try the websites first before discounting them as not a way of getting tickets, that if bought now can be delivered to your USA address within the week. Time & money are very precious when on vacation & it saves a load of time already having tickets in hand than to take time out to during sightseeing go to the ticket office during opening hours to pick up tickets or to get scammed by a scalper paying for a ticket that isn't any good. Also, it is true that all countries have some hooligan problems, but Italy is the one that sometimes bars audiences all together from coming and only televises those games because it is so bad.