Manchester United have reformed their season ticket policy, meaning fans will no longer be required to buy tickets for all home FA Cup and Champions League games from next season
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Manchester United have announced major changes to their season ticket policy for next season under new boss Erik ten Hag.
The reform of the season ticket regime means United fans with season tickets are no longer required to buy tickets for everyone FA Cup and Champions League home games. Under the new scheme, agreed after consultation with fans, season ticket holders can opt-in or opt-out of any of the cup competitions.
The changes were made after discussions with the Manchester United Fan Advisory Board (FAB) and Fanforum, whose members have worked closely with the club in recent months. Under the new rules being introduced for next season, fans will have the choice of a Premier League-only season ticket, with the option to add tickets to the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and European Championships on a competitive basis.
Season ticket holders who withdraw from a competition can request cup tickets for each game, where available, in addition to official members. A cup season ticket will also be introduced for the first time, guaranteeing official members access to all cup matches at Old Trafford.
A ticket buyback program will also be introduced next season, allowing fans to sell unwanted season tickets back to the club game by game if required. Manchester United Chief Operating Officer Collette Roche said: “When the Supporters’ Council asked us to review our season ticket policy, we were delighted to work with them to explore options to give fans more choice and flexibility.
“We recognize that not all season ticket holders will be able to attend every home game throughout the season and given the high demand, we want to increase opportunities for official members to gain access to seats that would otherwise go unused.
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“We listened to fans’ opinions and worked closely with the FAB and Fan Forum to agree on reforms that would allow each season ticket holder to choose the option that works best for them. We believe this new offering provides flexibility and fairness for both season ticket holders and official members.”
The FAB is made up of seven fan representatives and six senior club leaders and meets four times a year to discuss strategic issues. It works in conjunction with the larger fan forum, which focuses on matchday and operational matters.
Roche said: “Over the past year we established the FAB, expanded the Fans’ Forum and appointed our first Head of Fan Engagement. These efforts are already yielding tangible benefits for fans and we are grateful for the work of fan representatives who have helped bring about these positive changes.”
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