Anyone else losing interest in going to football?

Bing

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Managed to get a season ticket this year.

I'm hoping it is just the Wembley effect but I have found the whole thing pretty sterile. Arsenal game was immense but hard to get excited about West Brom in a half empty stadium where there are three empty seats to your left and a family of tourists to your right. I guess that is part of being a supporter but when the club take the piss with the pricing it makes it more difficult to swallow.

I'm going to take the plunge next season on season ticket but to be honest it is bloody expensive for what you get. I just hope new stadium is full for most games and atmo is more akin to old WHL.

I do feel the atmosphere at premier league games is just not there any more though. Imagine somebody lighting a flare at Wembley or even unfurling a large banner. You get told to sit down if you stand over here! Continental teams seem to do it better but just thing the game has changed too much and is too far gone in England.
 

Bing

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Also what is this not being able to take a beer to your seat b0ll0x?

That really f**** me off!

Such a simple concept to police..no purchases when the game is in progress and only one beer per person can be taken in.
 

John48

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I've been a ST holder since the 90's, but I must say I've found going to Wembley a pretty under whelming experience. Just getting in & out is a bind & the atmosphere is generally poor, unless we're playing the likes of Arse.

I just hope Danny's sorted it out for the new stadium & hopefully we won't feel quite as remote from the pitch.
 

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I went to see us live this season for the first time since 1999 and absolutely loved it. One game (United) the atmosphere was electric, the other (Southampton on boxing day) was a bit sleepy, but it was still great seeing my team playing, and playing well. Perhaps you're just jaded.
 
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I've actually missed the trip to Tottenham as much as the games this season. Only been to a handful of matches but just can't get excited for the whole Wembley experience. For me the match experience starts once I get to Seven Sisters, stop in the usual pub, questionable burger from a van on the high road. Wembley, as a stadium, is just a soulless, cavernous bowl with no atmosphere or charm.

That said, roll on next season and a trip back home! Hoping to experience the new south stand but it's not looking promising as a member looking at the amount sold to season ticket holders.
 

TottenhamMattSpur

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Think I'm getting more into rather than less interested.
The cost of the ticket is my only real cost. I work in London so the bulk of my travel is already paid for.
I don't eat or drink at matches unless it means I'd miss lunch or dinner, which is rare.
It's literally just going to the match so whatever I spend on Thursday divided by 19

I do crave the atmosphere though and have certainly lost that in the upper tier at Wembley. I wasn't expecting a season ticket last year though so didn't have the money ready, hence buying the cheapest available.
 

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I'm on the fence. I haven't actually enjoyed Wembley this season at all, and the expense is climbing to levels that makes it difficult for me to unquestionably prioritising the return trip from the West Country to London. But I will absolutely give the new stadium next season a go, and if the atmosphere and experience is much better, it might rejuvenate my interest. However I'm constantly out of the country for weeks or months at a time, and I've had a great time this season going to away legs in the CL. So that's something I very well might continue to seek out moving forward.
 

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I used to go all the time in the 90's home and away, just my luck eh? I've missed the good times although Gazza was worth the money alone back then. But I moved to the south west in 2000 and had a young family so it's too far and too costly. I hate sitting too which puts me off going. Now the kids are older I'm thinking about going to more away games as I can get to so of them easier than home games next season.
 

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Can't really add too much to the discussion, but I'm a proper armchair fan (averaging 1-2 games per season) and I don't regret it. I live in Bedfordshire so not crazy far from WHL, but it's the time and travel that stops me going to more games; I just have too many other commitments to find the time and energy to make the journey to the Lane on any kind of regular basis. Wouldn't take a season ticket even if I was offered it as I wouldn't be able to get to enough games to make it worthwhile.

I can only imagine the effort and commitment that regular matchday fans make to support the team (especially those who live outside London) and my hat goes off to you: it's more than I could manage.

On the plus side for me, the times I do manage to get to the Lane feel like a bit of a treat, so it's a great experience for me every time I am able to make the trek.
 
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Love going to the games, even if Wembley has been a pain this year. It’s the whole day out for me; a few beers before and after game, the buzz of the game itself, and meeting up with fellow Spurs fans. Nothing beats it. It can be hard when we suffer a bad defeat, and on those occasions i’d rather be back home. But then you get the big wins, especially against Arsenal or Chelsea, and you leave the ground buzzing. Go to the pub afterwards and the whole place is rocking, with fans singing and chanting. Nothing beats that, it makes your whole weekend, and makes following your team worthwhile! There is no better feeling!
 

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It's simple for me.. Mid 50's..going to spurs since I was 6..gave up my s. T 3 years ago.. Not because of the football etc..
Thfc don't want people like me anywhere near the lane anymore.. I meet my mates in the pub.. Get in the ground just on kick off and give me two pennies worth during the game then back to the pub.. No replica shirts or buying merchandise in the shop.. May find a Cockerel badge being worn but that's the limit.?Got fed up being told to sit down and shut up by a fucking illiterate hi vis nazi earning a fiver an hour.. I'm. Old school and not afraid to say... This generation doesn't go to games the aggressive overtones of our day nor do I think many understand what I mean. Its not a critic of supporters today either?.. Time and social behaviour changes have caught up with me. and my generation...but it's our generation that generated a real atmosphere.where gone?.. .that's why the atmosphere is shite?.. Loads still go but stay in the pub of choice and won't go near the ground. The lane and the walk to the lane from seven sisters was as an intimidating experience for both away teams and fans as anywhere and something away bods always commented on. ...not anymore.. Football has become family entertainment.. Great for TV and the people who believe football began with sky.. But shite for the match day experience... Been to Wembley 3 times this season and seriously feel where well on our way to library status.
 
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neilp

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Love going to the games, even if Wembley has been a pain this year. It’s the whole day out for me; a few beers before and after game, the buzz of the game itself, and meeting up with fellow Spurs fans. Nothing beats it. It can be hard when we suffer a bad defeat, and on those occasions i’d rather be back home. But then you get the big wins, especially against Arsenal or Chelsea, and you leave the ground buzzing. Go to the pub afterwards and the whole place is rocking, with fans singing and chanting. Nothing beats that, it makes your whole weekend, and makes following your team worthwhile! There is no better feeling!
I agree totally with this. I had to give up my season ticket 9 years ago due to work commitments, and although Wembley is a real pain, it takes me 3 hours to get there, I am loving going to live games again.

I can’t wait for the new stadium to be ready and looking forward to going for years to come.
 

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I love going to games but I appreciate that's probably partly down to not having a ST so only getting to go a few times a year. If I had to go to every single game paying all the travel costs etc. as well I can appreciate that it would start to feel like a bit of a chore sometimes.

The point about atmosphere is a big thing though. The main reason for me wanting to go vs. watching on TV is to be a part of the atmosphere etc. but nowadays the atmosphere at most premier league games is absolutely shite. Nowadays if you get 5 minutes of continuous "Oh when the Spurs" when we go 3-0 up people rave about it being "rocking". Maybe I'm just being nostalgic and remembering things through rose-tinted goggles and all that but in my head at least you used to go to games and everyone would be singing for pretty much the whole match. Now it seems like it takes the team doing something big i.e. going 3 up against Chelsea or something before any atmosphere really gets generated, unless you count a couple of hundred people singing one of the players songs for a couple of seconds every now and then.
 

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I don’t think I couldn’t go to games now. I definitely couldn’t be an armchair supporter after having a season ticket for 11 seasons. I’d probably just go and support a local amateur team instead. It just wouldn’t be the same. I would go as far as to say I hate watching us on tv.

The new stadium is going to be so exciting trying out the new bars, finding the best places to go in the stadium other people don’t know about etc and that’s before all the other redevelopment takes place around the stadium. It’s going to make going to games better if the team performs and the atmosphere is good because let’s not kid ourselves, it wasn’t great 70% of the time at WHL.
 

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I'd say it's the flight from Melbourne to London that kills me.

There's a part of me that wants to call the people who dont go to games when they actively can attend spoilt and tell them to pull their heads in. But it seems there's mostly valid or understandable reasoning. I don't attend every AFL game my team play in melbourne so can't be a hypocrite :)
 

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I’m giving my season ticket up after 18 years, so I’m guessing that answers the original question. Had enough of the money drain and it keeps getting worse. I’ve watched some crap over the years, but as we’ve got better the interest has lessened for me strangely, but that said I’m sick of the money grabbing, it’s not so fun anymore. Good Luck to whoever gets my ticket! 👍
 

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I don’t think I couldn’t go to games now. I definitely couldn’t be an armchair supporter after having a season ticket for 11 seasons. I’d probably just go and support a local amateur team instead. It just wouldn’t be the same. I would go as far as to say I hate watching us on tv.

The new stadium is going to be so exciting trying out the new bars, finding the best places to go in the stadium other people don’t know about etc and that’s before all the other redevelopment takes place around the stadium. It’s going to make going to games better if the team performs and the atmosphere is good because let’s not kid ourselves, it wasn’t great 70% of the time at WHL.

Blimey the atmosphere wasn’t great for 70% of the games at WHL

Your in for a huge shock at the new ground then once everything settles down!!

I’d be pleasantly surprised if the new ground is EVER as noisy as the old ground could be even with an extra 20k in it
 
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