Calculating cost of attending top division games in 25 countries around the world
Wed 23rd Sep 2015 | Money & Finance FC BUSINESS online
With Premier League matches well underway, GoEuro.co.uk, the search engine for comparing flights, coach and rail travel options across Europe, has partnered with Onefootball to calculate the cost of attending the top division games in 25 countries around the world.
Utilising several world rankings including UEFA, FIFA, and third party databases, GoEuro.co.uk and Onefootball found the best value leagues for Brits to travel to, based on the quality of the league and the cost of the ticket is Germany, followed by Spain, Portugal and finally England.
Naren Shaam, CEO of GoEuro said: "It costs almost the same to travel to Germany to see a Bundesliga match as it does to stay in the UK and attend a Premier League game. Each week more than 2,000 British fans travel to see Borussia Dortmund play, in addition to the 1,500 Brits travelling to St. Pauli games in Hamburg and the 1,000 Brits going to Union Berlin games on a weekly basis. These numbers might lead you to question whether home fans in the UK are really getting a fair deal for their money.''
Average ticket price was calculated using an average of first division game tickets for multiple stadiums and seat types across a standard football season.
*While it did not factor on the value ranking, we calculated away game costs for informational purposes, specifically for travelling football fans. The away game cost is intended to represent the actual cost of attending an away game in each league's country. Factors included transport costs (using data from the GoEuro Transport Price Index), one nights accommodation costs (using data from the GoEuro Accommodation Price Index), and food and beer costs (using data from The Economist's Big Mac Index and the GoEuro Beer Price Index).
Each league's ranking was determined by combining several world football rankings including UEFA, FIFA, and third party databases.
We use the 'value score' field to determine where you get the best value football for the money you're spending to see a game. The score is the result of a calculation combining average game costs and the league ranking. Teams with a better league ranking or a lower cost of a ticket will have more value. Formula = 10000/(TicketPrice*(3+LeagueRanking)^2)
Posted by: Kev Howland