Football fans who like to spread the word will find something to their liking in the Premier League. And especially in Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. Compared to the other VIP receptions of the English clubs, you pay the most at the Citizens: 4,200 British pounds (4,810 euros) per person.
What makes such an ‘Autograph’ package such an exclusive affair? In addition to a ‘meet and greet’ with a club legend and a tour of the stadium, you get access to the so-called Tunnel Club. Behind a glass wall you can see how the players are preparing to go to the field a few minutes before kick-off, as if you were live in the players’ tunnel. By the way, you have already entered the field, because you can also admire the warm-up of Jérémy Doku, among others, from the sidelines. A five-course menu is the standard.
During the match you can also experience the action up close in seats just behind the teams’ dugout and after the match you can chat with some of the players who are available to buyers of the ‘Autograph’ package. Such a package is only available for groups of two, four, six or eight people.
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But perhaps the most extravagant package is offered by West Ham. For 4,000 pounds (4,600 euros) for two people, the Hammers will give you a helicopter tour above the London skyline. You will depart and land again at the Rush Green Training Ground, West Ham’s training complex, after which you will be taken to the London Stadium in a private car. A three-course meal awaits you there, a meet and greet with an ambassador from the club and also the best seats above the players’ tunnel.
The most effective VIP package can be purchased from Wolverhampton Wanderers. There, a group of ten can first dine in the Sir Jack restaurant, which overlooks the field, and then go to exclusive seating areas. For the match against Arsenal in April, it can be purchased for 3,420 pounds or 4,000 euros. So that is 400 euros per person. You also receive three parking spaces, a tour of the changing rooms and players’ tunnel and you can also join the reception. Food is provided both during the break and after the match.
Arsenal offers one of the most sought-after VIP ranges. Already sold out until the end of the season. For 2,875 pounds (3,300 euros) per person you get the ‘Hero Experience’, the second most expensive package in the Premier League. A three-course meal and tour in the presence of a club legend before the match and a shirt of one of the starting players signed by all players is included in the price.
Anyone who would like to receive feedback from someone from the board during the match should go to Nottingham Forest. There, a place in the board’s box in the City Ground is part of the VIP package.
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