Both Barça and Espanyol are studying how they can compensate their subscribers because, if they manage to finish this season, they would be without spectators in the stands. Barça, who have not yet decided on the final answer, rule out returning some of the money to the subscribers but want to make a gesture, while Espanyol asks for patience before deciding what to do. “We are studying different options, although we cannot make a firm decision until we are clear if the season is over,” they say at Barça, where it is assumed that the spectators will not return to the Camp Nou until the season. coming.
However, right now the club is opting not to return part of the money for the 2019-20 season to subscribers, as other clubs have decided, but it does want to have a gesture towards the next season. And remember that season tickets for the Camp Nou are one of the cheapest among top-level football, because they have hardly changed in price in the last decade. Barça has almost 85,000 subscribers who pay between 150 and 1,250 euros for a season ticket, depending on the area. The prices paid at Real Madrid, for example, are twice as expensive, and reach up to 2,050 euros.
“There is nothing definitive, but in this context of crisis that will come because of the covid-19 will have to find a solution that is good for the club, but take care of subscribers,” they say in the offices of the Camp Nou, where the social area is doing a study to find out how the covid-19 crisis is affecting its partners and subscribers. So, one of the proposals would be to offer many facilities to renew the season ticket for next season, which should be paid this July. But Barça know that it will be a complex scenario, because it cannot be guaranteed that next season all the matches will have spectators in the stands. In fact, the contingency plan drawn up by the club proposes that fans will not be able to return to the Camp Nou until 2021.
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Some members have been calling these days to receive information, both regarding the Camp Nou and the Palau Blaugrana, and the customer service has asked them for time to decide what to do. Barça do not rule out asking the members for a gesture, because they could stop depositing 20% of the money planned in a context of “crisis in football”. And the gesture could be precisely not to claim the money corresponding to the matches of the season ticket for the 2019-20 season behind closed doors.
Espanyol, for its part, sent a letter to its subscribers in which it told them: “We work in multiple scenarios to find the best way to compensate for the situation, despite being sensitive also to the difficulties that our partners and subscribers will find themselves in a new environment so variable and crisis, which we hope will be the shorter the better. Most First Division clubs, in fact, have not yet decided what they will do in this regard, although some, such as Real Sociedad, Eibar, Valladolid and Osasuna, have already established that they will return a part of money. Others, such as Real Madrid, may deduct money from next season’s season ticket, and a club, Getafe, have announced that they will give away season tickets to next season.