MORE than 41,000 tickets have been sold to Sky Blues fans for next month’s return to Wembley after 30 years.
Today’s figures from the football club indicate a slowdown in sales since some 7,000 were sold on Monday, the first day of general sale to anyone at six tickets per person, after weeks of sales exclusively to priority categories of fans.
Because of the high demand, the English Football League released an additional 6,300 tickets on Monday to Coventry City, bringing the total available to 45,741.
The precise amount snapped up by mid-morning was 41,232 for the Checkatrade Trophy final with Oxford United.
Coventry City said on their website this morning: “The football club have been overwhelmed by the support of the Sky Blues fans, and would in turn, like to thank every supporter who has purchased their ticket thus far.
“There are still a limited number of tickets remaining, available online, over the phone and in person, as we look to fill our entire 46,000 (approx) allocation.
“To date, 41,232 tickets have been snapped up, and the distribution process will begin shortly!”
It is understood Oxford have sold around 25,000 tickets so far. The Football League Trophy Final record attendance in recent years is 72,315, set by Walsall and Bristol City two years ago.
Should the Coventry City tickets sell out, club sources and the EFL have said there is still the possibility of more tickets becoming available, depending on demand from Oxford fans.
We revealed earlier this week Coventry City are in line for a potential £600,000 windfall – based on an attendance of 75,000 at the 90,000 capacity stadium, including a £100,000 winners’ prize (the runners-up get £50,000).
Fellow League One club Oxford took 33,000 fans to Wembley last year versus Barnsley for the same competition. But some of their fans’ groups have publicly called on their fellow supporters to support a national boycott of the tournament this year in protest at the inclusion of Premier League under-23 teams.
It was reported 30 years ago that Coventry City took 50,000 to the old Wembley for the 1987 Charity Shield game, double the 25,000 tickets officially released to Sky Blues fans for the historic FA Cup final earlier that year.
Queues formed once again on Monday outside the Butts Park Arena ticket office, which has been predominantly for those needing tickets allocated for disabled supporters.
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: Tickets can also be purchased at the Butts Park Arena Ticket Office, but the club advises that, due to the increase in demand, please expect significant queues.