A new study has revealed that on average, Premier League fans have saved £1587.90 in 2020 due to professional football being played behind closed doors.
Supporters had been banned from watching most elite sport at stadiums and events since the coronavirus pandemic gripped Britain in March.
The absence of fans has had a damaging effect on the finances of clubs across the country, but this means that fans have benefited from saving the money they’d usually spend following their team.
New research fromNetVoucherCodes.co.uk has analysed every Premier League game played behind closed doors during 2020, then cross-referenced the cost of season tickets, single home and away match prices, as well as matchday costs such as parking, pints, pies and programmes.
The costs supporters spend on average were evaluated, and the results show that across home and away fixtures for each team, the average fan has saved £1587.90.
To put this into perspective, that is enough to buy 398 pints in the pub, and for those FIFA 21 fanatics out there, that’s 217,800 Fifa points to spend on their ultimate team!
Breaking down the data in more detail, Arsenal FC fans saved the most money, saving £1984.09, which is enough to pay Mesut Ozil’s salary for 2 hours and 7 minutes.
At the other end of the table, West Bromwich Albion fans saved the least, pocketing £1139.92 in savings.
The research has also revealed that Liverpool FC fans could buy four replica premier trophies with their saving of £1738.98, and Man City FC fans could fly two people return to Dubai with Emirates economy class with their saving of £1,268.87.
And for Burnley FC fans, missing out on watching ‘The Clarets’ means they could have bought 109 “This is our happy place” signs from Etsy.
A spokesperson for NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “ It’s great to see stadiums reopening, as clubs in certain areas of England can now allow a limited number of supporters into their stadiums following a relaxation on Coronavirus restrictions.
“It’s amazing news that the 2020/21 premier league season is allowing fans back into the ground to watch their beloved teams. It has not been the same without the roars and screams from tens of thousands of spectators in the stands.
“Whilst it is great to see fans back, the ban has hit clubs hard financially, with teams still incurring costs and suffering from a reduced income.
“But from a fans’ perspective, they have benefited financially. I’m sure they’ll tell you no money can change missing out on watching their teams from the terrace, but a bit of extra cash can certainly help.
“We’d also like to thank the government, and especially the NHS, and the work they’ve put in to make this possible for football fans up and down the country.”
For the full breakdown of the football fan savings data, please visit https://www.netvouchercodes.co.uk/blog/die-hard-football-fans-money-saving-2020/