AN ADDITIONAL 6,000 tickets have been released by Wembley officials to Coventry City fans for the Checkatrade Trophy final as sales were heading towards sell-out today, we have learned.
The remaining 7,000 or so tickets from an initial allocation of just over 39,000 went on general sale this morning, after weeks of being sold to priority categories of fans only, including season ticket holders and match ticket holders.
With demand expected to continue, Wembley is now set to be decked in Sky Blue with an amazing 45,000 Coventry City fans on Sunday, April 2 (kick-off 2.30pm).
It is similar to the number made available for the 1987 Charity Shield game, and many more than the 25,000 officially released to Coventry fans for the historic FA Cup final of the same year.
The extra allocation is around 6300.
Queues formed once again this morning outside the Butts Park Arena ticket office, and tickets were also available online.
Many fans who had no access to the priority sales had been anxiously awaiting today’s general sale in the hope there would still be tickets left.
CCFC technical director Mark Venus told us the extra tickets had been confirmed and were expected to be available for sale later today.
He said: “Ticket sales have been really strong today.
“There is a feeling that we will get through our allocation.
“That’s why these extra tickets have been released for sale.”
The club has been urging fans to buy tickets online or by phone, rather than queueing at the ticket office, which is predominantly for those needing tickets allocated for disabled supporters.
The club has always maintained that, should the current Wembley Coventry City allocation sell out, a further release of tickets by Wembley was possible, depending on demand for tickets among Oxford United fans.
Some Oxford fans’ groups are boycotting matches for the Checkatrade Trophy as part of a national boycott in protest at the inclusion of Premier League club’s under-23 teams in the competition this year.
The additional tickets bring the Sky Blues’ allocation to 45,741, the club says.
Fans can still purchase up to six tickets per person.
Category 5: Adult £28, Concession £14, Junior £10
Category 6: Adult £20, Concession £10, Junior £10
Concessions are classed as Over 60s. Juniors are classed as 16s and under.
Tickets are now only available on Level 5 of Wembley.
HOW TO BUY:
Supporters will be able to buy via the following methods:
– Online: eticketing.co.uk/CCFC
– Phone: 0844 453 9134 (Monday – Friday, 8am to 8pm. Saturday/Sunday, 8am to 6pm.)
– In person: Only disabled or ambulant disabled fans should buy in person.