As part of my English soccer consulting and ticket services, I get a lot of inquiries for hospitality packages at Crystal Palace FC.
Palace have been in the Premier League for several seasons now, and look in pretty good shape to stay there again this year. And since they are in London, they are popular with tourists who want to add a soccer game to their trip.
There are actually seven Premier League clubs around London — and some really fun lower-league ones to check out, as well — with Watford, Palace, Fulham and West Ham being decidedly cheaper to get into than Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.
Of the four less-expensive options, most neutrals will find Fulham and Palace the most entertaining, in my opinion. (And I’ve been to more than 100 games at 69 different clubs).
Palace, though in the top league, really feels like a traditional, neighborhood club, and it attracts fewer foreign visitors than probably all but Watford among the London Premier League clubs. So let’s check out what I have to offer for a Crystal Palace home game.
First of all, Selhurst Park only holds about 26,000 people, meaning only Watford has a smaller ground among these seven. So no seat is too far from the pitch. The coziness really can make for a cracking atmosphere if everybody is up for it — like if it’s a game against another London club or their main rival, Brighton and Hove Albion.
The package I offer has a great view of the pitch — and the away fans.
This is an executive suite in the Whitehorse Lane End, with the away fans just to your left and the rowdiest Palace folks in the Holmesdale Road End opposite. You get access to the suite, with free snacks and beverages available for purchase, and each suite has two rows of seats outside it.
As you can see, you’re right on top of the goal here, and you would have no idea there’s a whole section of seats underneath you. In fact, the pregame shooting drills for the visitors, right in front of their fans, make for some entertaining viewing. On corner kicks you will want to stand up to see the goalmouth action, but otherwise they tell you to stay seated.
Some more photos of my Crystal Palace hospitality:
It’s really just a matter of choosing seats more in the crowd or those with a better view, perhaps, of the game. I will do my best to get the row number for your quote, but often we don’t know until the tickets come out from the club after we make the purchase.