Fans of English Premier League football clubs are paying almost three times as much to park at stadia compared to supporters of teams in the Bundesliga in Germany.
According to a new study by transport analysis company Inrix, Premier League fans pay an average of £12 (€13.24/$15.60) per game to park their cars at stadiums in England’s top-tier, while fans over in Germany face fees of just £4.50.
Tottenham Hotspur fans will pay the largest parking fees in the 2017-18 season, with a car park ticket at Wembley Stadium (pictured), where Spurs will play home matches this season while work is carried out on its new stadium, to cost £40 per game.
This is more than four times as much as the most expensive car park ticket in the Bundesliga, with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Stuttgart and FC Augsburg all charging fans around £9.
However, in comparison, fans of Bournemouth will have to pay just £1 to leave their vehicle on an official parking facility near to the team’s home stadium.
A total of 12 clubs from the 20-team league offer official parking to fans.
According to BT Sport, Dr Graham Cookson, chief economist for Inrix, said: “Recent Inrix research found that UK drivers waste 44 hours a year searching for parking at a cost of £733 each in wasted time, fuel and emissions.
“This latest research shows that some Premier League clubs’ most ardent fans are paying more than their season ticket to park on match days.
“It is clear that parking is a real and significant burden on all types of drivers.”
The new Premier League season kicks off tonight (Friday) with Arsenal hosting Leicester City.
Arsenal does not offer official parking at its Emirates Stadium, while Leicester has been ranked as the second-highest in the league in terms of parking fees, with fans wishing to park on an official site near the King Power Stadium having to pay £17 per game.
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