The Dortmund fans were angry about Stuttgart charging them €19.50 (£15.23) for standing tickets and €38.50 (£30.07) for the cheapest seats.
“Obviously it’s not something we want to do, but it’s something we have to do, ” Dortmund fan Marc Quambusch, who is part of the campaign group Kein Zwanni, told the BBC World Service. The protest appeared to be well supported, even though the cost of watching live football has been kept much lower in Germany by the fact fans have a far more powerful voice in the running of the game.
The average price of a ticket in the Bundesliga this season is just £23, whereas the average in the Premier League is £53.76, narrowly beating Spain’s La Liga, where the average price is £50.83 This is largely down to the so-called 50+1 rule, a clause that means that club members in Germany must hold the majority of voting rights, to ensure, unlike in England, that external investors cannot take overall control of the board.
This has also allowed many German top flight clubs to introduce safe standing areas inside their stadiums, something many fans in England would also like to see return to Premier League grounds.
Nevertheless, Kein Zwanni admit they have been inspired by the rebellion in England, after years of arguing the Premier League has become far too greedy for its own good.
“It was great to see, ” said Quambusch, when asked about the Anfield protest that saw around 10, 000 supporters leave the ground in the 77th minute following the news that Liverpool would be charging £77 for some seats next season.
“It’s always good to see fans protest against bad conditions. They have our solidarity, we put it on Facebook and we support them. Of course, we hope it inspires other fans [in England] to join them and protest again.
“I like English football, I have some good friends in England and have been too many games there. I love English football but English football is killing itself [through the greed of the clubs].” According to the people behind a survey looking into the cost of watching football in all the major European leagues, it could even be cheaper for English fans to travel to Germany and watch a game there than it is to watch their local team.
GoEuro chief executive Naren Shaam said: “It costs almost the same to travel to Germany to see a Bundesliga match as it does to stay in the UK and attend a Premier League game.
“Each week more than 2, 000 British fans travel to see Borussia Dortmund play, in addition to the 1, 500 Brits travelling to St Pauli games in Hamburg and the 1, 000 Brits going to Union Berlin games on a weekly basis.
“These numbers might lead you to question whether home fans in the UK are really getting a fair deal for their money.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle United have announced a price freeze on adult season tickets next season with those for under-18s being reduced. Season tickets for juniors will start at £57 and some individual match tickets for children will be just £3.
The full pricing scheme will be confirmed in the coming weeks but season ticket renewal letters are currently being processed.
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley said: “While the debate around Premier League ticket prices continues, we want to ensure watching football at St James’ Park remains affordable for as many people as possible.
“There is a clear risk that clubs could lose generations of supporters with the cost being a major factor and we have considered that when setting prices for 2016-17.