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QPR defend ticket price increase

Queens Park Rangers

QPR say their increased ticket prices will help maintain budgets previously set to provide a better standard of entertainment for home and away fans.

In a statement to BBC London 94.9, the club said: "Since the takeover, the club has had massive investment, for both on and off the pitch activities.

"The board has considered it a necessity to increase match-day prices to maintain budgets previously set.

"We are totally committed to building a sound financial base for the future."

There has already been protests against the rise in ticket prices.

Derby County are refusing to meet the demands and are not accepting the prices set by the R's for the game at Loftus Road on 27 September.

It is believed that QPR have already appealed to the Football League and a decision is expected by the end of the week.

One hundred percent of all matchday profits will continue to be ploughed back into the club

Statement from QPR
The statement continued: "Our ultimate goal at Queens Park Rangers is to reach the Premier League and to compete with some of the biggest club’s in the country, and in time, across Europe.

"100% of all matchday profits will continue to be ploughed back into the club, allowing us to continue our policy of attracting some of the most exciting, young players from these shores and across Europe to QPR."

And despite objections from fans and other Championship clubs, Rangers believe they are offering value for money.

"We've looked at prices both in the Championship and the Premier League and we believe we're providing a good entertainment product," the statement added.

"The base price has not changed. You can still get a ticket at QPR for £20, but we're making an effort to maximise our revenue for the best views in the house.

"Children under the age of eight will continue to be able to purchase matchday tickets in certain areas of the ground free of charge, while concessions will continue to receive substantial discounts."

see also
Norwich 0-1 QPR
17 Sep 08 |  Championship
QPR 4-1 Southampton
14 Sep 08 |  Championship

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