Tottenham Hotspur have slashed prices and initially left areas of Wembley Stadium closed ahead of their Uefa Europa League campaign.
The North London club, who are playing their European games at the 90,000-capacity national stadium this season as White Hart Lane is being redeveloped, have dropped into continental football’s second tournament after being eliminated from the Uefa Champions League at the group stage.
Tottenham sold more than 85,000 tickets for their group games against Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco. However, following their elimination, they attracted just 62,000 for the visit of CSKA Moscow, and there are fears that the Europa League visit of Belgian club Ghent in February could be even less of a draw.
Spurs have so far only released tickets for levels one and two at Wembley, with prices ranging from £5 ($6.2/€6.1) to a maximum of £25. It is believed the top tier of the venue will only be opened up should the first 50,000 tickets be sold.
Tottenham did consider returning to White Hart Lane after slipping into the Europa League, despite the arena’s reduced capacity of just 32,000 due to construction work on their new £400m, 61,000-seat home. However, coach Mauricio Pochettino insisted that he wanted Spurs to remain at Wembley to gain experience ahead of having to play Premier League games at the national stadium next season.
The redeveloped White Hart Lane is due to open at the start of the 2018-19 season.