The Bundesliga regularly tops the rankings of league attendances amongst Europe’s elite top flight divisions outperforming the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A in terms of numbers of spectators inside stadiums.
The German top division is also famed for its fair ticket prices that allow fans to enjoy top quality football without being ripped off in the process.
But just what does it cost to watch your favourite team live and which club offers the best deal to its loyal fans? The results based on the cheapest season ticket prices on offer for the 2015/16 season by the 18 Bundesliga clubs may surprise you.
18. Darmstadt (11,000 season tickets sold)
It might come as somewhat of a surprise that the cheapest season ticket on offer at the newly promoted side comes in at a whopping €240. Not only is it the most expensive ticket in these rankings, but it represents a €72 increase on the previous season.
17. Hamburg (27,500 season tickets sold)
You might think it a bit of a liberty that a club that has struggled through the past two seasons and only kept their place in the Bundesliga as a result of nerve-jangling relegation play-offs are one of the most expensive when it comes to season ticket prices. That however is the case at HSV where their cheapest offer comes in at €208.70 (a €9 increase on last season!).
16. Borussia Dortmund (55,000 season tickets sold)
The ‘Yellow Wall’ of the Süd-Tribune is always full and BVB have the highest average attendance in the Bundesliga, but at the same time their season tickets are not the cheapest in comparison. €207 is the cheapest you can get one at the Signal-Iduna Park.
15. FC Augsburg (19,000 season tickets sold)
With European qualification secured last season and a high demand for tickets at the WWK Arena, the cheapest you can purchase a season ticket to see Markus Weinzierl’s men in action next season is €199.
14. VfB Stuttgart (28,500 season tickets sold)
The Swabians are charging €198.50 for their cheapest season ticket and regulars at the Mercedes-Benz Arena will hoping it is a little more of a pleasant experience than last season’s nail-biting battle against the dreaded drop.
13. Schalke (43,935 season tickets sold)
€190.50 is the lowest ticket on offer at the Veltins Arena for what will surely be another season of drama on and off the pitch. However, with some shrewd investments in players during the transfer window it could and should be a price worth paying.
12. Bayer Leverkusen (18,500 season tickets sold)
The Werkself nickname might hark back to the club’s working-class roots, but they are only offering the 12th cheapest season tickets in the league at €190- a €20 rise on last year.
11. Hertha Berlin (17,500 season tickets sold)
The capital club from the Olympia Stadion have frozen their season ticket prices from last season at €188 meaning fans of the Old Lady will pay around €10.50 for each Bundesliga home game.
10. Hannover (23,500 season tickets sold)
The 96er are a mid-priced club with regards season tickets charging €185 for their lowest-priced season ticket. The Hannover faithful will be expecting a mid-table finish in the league as well this season.
9. Mainz (19,000 season tickets sold)
Null-Fünfer supporters are getting a pretty good deal next season, where they will only have to fork out €181 for the club’s cheapest season ticket. There was no shortage of entertainment at the Coface-Arena last season meaning fans of the Karneval club are getting good value for their Euros.
8. Werder Bremen (25,000 season tickets sold)
Fans of the Grün-Weißen cannot grumble at paying just €10 for each of their home games next season. Forking out €180 for the cheapest season ticket is affordable to lots of Werder fans leading to a great atmosphere inside the Weser Stadion on match days.
7. FC Ingolstadt (10,000 season tickets sold)
Unlike fellow newcomers Darmstadt, a season at the Audi-Sportpark could cost as little as €178. With just a 15,000 capacity the stadium will be two-thirds filled with die-hard fans having sold 10,000 season tickets even though there has been a €33 hike since last season.
6. Borussia Mönchengladbach (30,000 season tickets sold)
The Nordkurve at the Borussia-Park will be rammed as usual next season creating a great atmosphere for the Foals as they look to build on last season’s success. The cheapest season ticket on offer at Gladbach comes in at €175.
5. 1FC Köln (25,000 season tickets sold)
There was more good news for Geisbock fans following their securing of Bundesliga football for a second successive season- the cheapest season ticket prices were frozen at €165.
4. Eintracht Frankfurt (26,000 season tickets sold)
One reason why the Commerzbank Arena is usually always sold-out is the fact that only three clubs offer cheaper tickets than Die Adler. €159 will get you access to all the club’s home games and the chance to see Alex Meier banging in the goals again.
3. Hoffenheim (15,100 season tickets sold)
High scoring games and high entertainment are usually standard fare in Sinsheim, so the fact that you can get a season ticket for as little as €150 is an added bonus. The defending might not always be the best, but fans cannot complain about ticket prices.
2. Bayern Munich (38,000 season tickets sold)
Fans particularly from the English Premier League will be amazed that a season ticket in the standing area of the Allianz Arena can be had for as little as €140. The best football for the lowest price….German football is doing something right!
1. VfL Wolfsburg (21,500 season tickets sold)
The Cup winner and Bundesliga runners-up offer tickets for a meagre €130- an amazing price when you get to see the combined talent of Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schürrle, Bas Dost, Luiz Gustavo and Max Kruse every other week.
* Just to compare, the cheapest season ticket on sale at the Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal in the Premier League comes in at a whopping €1461!!
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