The Cost of Becoming a Premier League Mascot19 April 2023
- The costs of being a mascot across Premier League clubs has been revealed
- Only six top flight sides charge supporters for the experience of being one
- Aston Villa’s package costs the most at £500, while the Big Six don’t charge
West Midlands rivals Aston Villa and Wolves lead the Premier League in the staggering amount it costs to be a match-day mascot.
Villa top the table with their ‘Mascot Experience’ setting you back a whopping £500 for a Category A game, while it dips to £460 for Category B games.
For Wolves meanwhile, it costs up to £450, with spaces still available for their final three home fixtures against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Everton.
A club-by-club list of costs to be a mascot, compiled by Mail Sport, shows the dear price of what many teams sell as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’.
Information was only available for 18 of the 20 Premier League teams with Newcastle and Nottingham Forest informing Mail Sport that mascot places are either handed out for free through community programmes or available as part of a wider hospitality package – meaning an exact figure isn’t available.
Not All Clubs Charge
Many other clubs also offer packages for free, although they are often restricted to certain sections of the fanbase. There are also often waiting lists to be a free mascot – Chelsea has a four-year waiting list to be a mascot.
To be a mascot at Brentford, there is no cost, but you must have the latest full home kit and also be a junior Season Ticket holder.
Benefits to Paying
The £450 cost to walk out with Wolverhampton Wanderers does include two adult and two junior tickets in ‘premium view seating’, access to hospitality lounges and a full 2022-23 home kit.
At Bournemouth it costs £300 to be a mascot in Category A games. This includes fixtures against the Big Six, plus the south coast derby with Southampton.
For that price, the benefits include a photograph with the team captains and match officials in the centre circle, the opportunity to lead the team onto the pitch and a ‘goodie bag full of AFC Bournemouth gifts’.
Mascots at £375-priced Crystal Palace – where rates begin at £200 – will be able to meet the whole first team squad and management in the changing room, while the same cost at West Ham will allow mascots to ‘take part in the official handshake with the visiting team’, among many other perks.