Paris FC revolutionises ticketing with free stand admission for all Men’s League Two and Women’s League One matches
For the first time in history, Paris FC is offering free tickets for all home matches at the Stade Charléty, starting from the 11 November until the end of the 2023-2024 season from its Bastia reception, in a bid to offer a new and innovative vision of football by welcoming as many people as possible. This first-of-its-kind operation covers all matches involving the second division men’s team, – BKT Ligue 2 – and the first division women’s team, which is competing in the Arkema D1. This ambitious project also aims to encourage generosity by supporting an association or charitable organisation to raise funds at each match for a good cause.
Open to all
Over and above the desire to welcome as many people as possible to its matches at the Stade Charléty, Paris FC, which was founded in 1969 and has been developing this project for several months, wants football to be accessible to everyone, families or groups of friends, football fans or not, whatever their age and background.
This is a major first for a professional football club in Europe and indeed the world. Although a free ticketing model was recently launched in Germany, it only concerned a limited number of seats in the stadium, and is not deployed for all matches, including those of the women’s team.
Thanks to the involvement of the club’s shareholders and the reaction of its current and future partners, we can expect to generate new resources to support this exciting project, which will significantly outweigh the resulting costs and revenue shortfalls.
Activities such as “La Lucarne d’Évry” will be offered in the sidelines of the Stade Charléty to enhance the stadium experience beyond the spectacle on the pitch, as well as other attractions that will be rolled out and announced during the season. Free tickets do not include VIP/Premium seats at the Stade Charléty.
A cause for every match
As part of its commitment to ‘being part of the community’, the club wishes to fully mobilise its energy and that of its community in support of socially useful causes. Each match, for each team, will be an opportunity to highlight local and national associations working for a fairer, more inclusive society that cares for its environment.
The club will mobilise the entire community from players, fans, corporate partners to club ambassadors and encourage them to support the association in question. The cause will be promoted through the whole attendance chain from the online ticket booking process through to the whole football experience.
What They Said
Pierre Ferracci, Chairman of Paris FC
“We are proud to support this ambitious and pioneering project, which goes beyond the simple framework of sport in terms of the values it conveys. We want to bring people together around our club and our teams, while committing ourselves with strength and conviction. In a context of difficult purchasing power, we are confident that a club can be an ideal tool for bringing together people of goodwill and engage with societal issues.”
Rai, former Brazilian international professional player and Paris FC ambassador
“As a former player and committed citizen, I am particularly pleased with this operation, which aims to make grassroots football accessible to all. Football shouldn’t exclude, it should bring people together. It’s a sport that unleashes passions, and they’re even stronger when they’re experienced collectively, in a supportive atmosphere. It is also important for football to be aware of the challenges facing society and to play its part in responding to them, by taking advantage of its exposure. In that sense, what Paris FC is offering is truly fantastic, and I invite everyone to come and experience professional football for free at the Stade Charléty.”