How long is the Arsenal season ticket waiting list?

So we are coming up to the date when season ticket renewals will be announced. It is likely to be this week 9my bet is it would have been today had we won last night), with fans given until early June to pay. We know 12 months in advance that the season ticket renewal will be early June, so no moaning about the short time frame to pay this year please!

Arsenal are likely to allow you to buy your season ticket once more on credit using one of their credit providers – previously Zebra.

What is more interesting is the size of the waiting list. It is this time of year where people who are no on the waiting list are hopefully. Hoping that people do not renew. Hoping that people on the list ahead of them have either died or do not have the funds when they are offered the ticket. A question is always asked by many:

How long is the Arsenal season ticket list?

The answer is simple, around 11 years.

This time last year, before the renewal date was announced, a friend of mine got in on the season ticket waiting list. He was 44,000 on the list.

He has just check his place on the list now, and has dropped to 40,000. This means during the last renewal process for the 2014/15 season, 4,000 people dropped off the list ahead of him. Whether it was due to getting their own season ticker or no longer wanting them.

The maths are simple. 44,000 divide by 4,000. It gives you 11.

Now this number is not exact, it is an estimation – so please do not moan. A few years of failure will see less people willing to renew. A few years of success will see more people renew. A recovering economy will also mean the list go’s down slower, as fewer people can ‘no longer afford to go’. On the flip side, if the club dramatically increased prices, then the list will shorten quicker as more people are priced out. But on the whole, you can take an average.

That average is 11 years.

So if you have only put yourself on the waiting list in the last couple of years, do not expect to be offered a season ticket this decade.




24 thoughts on “How long is the Arsenal season ticket waiting list?

  1. Andy Kelly

    The list would be much shorter but for those “renting” out their season tickets. I guess in doing this they are allowing non-season ticket holders to go to games. However, the problem is that there is no prioritisation. This means someone could be on the list for ten years and not get a season ticket whereas someone can get one without being on the list purely because they know someone.

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  3. Atid

    I spoke to my pal who has access to the waiting list on Thursday. My son who has been on the list since April 2011 (original place 42,737) is now 14,284.

    However the list has now really grown, it is now over 100,000

  4. Adam

    i Joined the list about 4-5 years ago and started at 45,000… last summer I was at 14,000 and this week received a phonecall and email from the season ticket office to check my contact details are all up to date as they expect in the very near future that they will be in touch with regards a season ticket….

  5. Gary Stevens

    I’ve added my son to the waiting list this yea and he is currently number 78,049. That’s about 20 years if the above calculations are correct. He’ll thank me for it one day…

  6. Francis Atkinson

    I joined the scheme in February 2013 and it was 36331. I am now 17400, a drop of 19000 over 3 years. This makes an average fall of 6,300 approx, although this last year it was only 4000+.
    But hopefully I will be offered one in about 2-3 years time, just in time for retirement!

  7. Gravesend Gooner

    A friend of mine received his letter from the club on 10th June 2016 confirming his position as 88,499 on the Season Ticket Waiting List. Another friend who has been on the waiting list for a number of years received an email from the club last Wednesday 20th July 2016 asking him to phone them as they were able to offer him a season ticket starting season 2016/17. He has accepted a seat in the upper tier of the Clock End. Out of interest he checked his place on the season ticket waiting list before he phoned the club & his position was showing in the 9,000s! Go figure!

  8. Rob

    When we as supporters receive that magical call saying “we have a season ticket for you”…. do we get to choose the location of our seat (Upper or lower, North Bank or Clock End) or is it a matter of “This is your seat, that’s the price, take it or leave it”

  9. Duncan

    Anyonknow what is goinng on with the waiting list? I keep checking an I’ve not moved single place in what seems to be 2 years now. Was at 14831 am still at 14831 So who’s getting access to the tickets? Does not appear to be the members on the waiting list.

  10. John Raymond

    On a slightly different tack regarding waiting lists, apologies if this has been posted in the past but do we not have an undersized stadium? For the record, Arsenal could have has a stadium to accommodate 80,000 as part of the Kings X deveolopment (sanctioned by the great Jeffrey Archer no less).
    Can the Emirates be expanded? (Islington have a height restriction on buildings).
    Can it be expanded without looking a right dog’s dinner?
    Does the will to expand it exist?
    Have Arsenal instead settled for being a cosy little family-friendly club?

    1. keenosafc Post author

      The last two seasons Arsenal have struggled to sell out, so I would say 60,000 is right. I watch a lot of Italian football and in the 90s a lot of clubs built massive stadiums that were far to big for them and they now sit half empty. Look at Juventus, they have downgraded the stadium.

    1. keenosafc Post author

      I have heard the odd story of the club giving people permission to will their season ticket to someone, but in terms of signing it over, your best bet is leaving it in your name and just letting them use it

  11. sh3rgill

    I put 4 names down for the waiting list and at the start of this (18/19) season, we were 90,971. Looks like a long wait. But I got contacts at Arsenal, one of them being the director of arsenal and I will try and get us bumped. Can’t be many 4 seaters together. Anyone know how long this wait could be??

    1. keenosafc Post author

      Looking at 10 years+ this days

      There are ~40,000 season tickets. so basically you need every seat to be given up twice to just be 10,000th on the list


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