Coventry City, the English Football League One club, has been allocated a further 6,000 tickets for the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley Stadium following convincing sales of its initial 39,000 ticket allocation.
The additional tickets are likely to bring the club’s presence for the game against Oxford United to around 45,700 – more than half Wembley’s capacity – with the club fully expecting to sell out, the Coventry Observer reports.
Around 7,000 tickets from the initial allocation went on general sale yesterday (Monday) after seats were originally offered only to prioritised groups such as season ticket holders and match ticket holders.
During the initial round of priority sales, the organisation of the ticket office at Coventry City was criticised after hundreds of fans waited for several hours to purchase tickets for the final, which will be held on Sunday April 2.
The club maintains that queuing at the ticket office is primarily for those needing tickets allocated for disabled supporters, and therefore it has been advising fans to buy their tickets online or over the phone.
Coventry City has always said that should the current Wembley allocation sell out, a further release of tickets was possible, depending on demand for tickets among Oxford fans. However, Oxford fan groups may stay away as part of a national boycott in protest at the inclusion of Premier League club’s under-23 teams in the competition this year.
Coventry City’s technical director Mark Venus said the extra tickets had been confirmed.
He said: “Ticket sales have been really strong today. There is a feeling that we will get through our allocation and that’s why these extra tickets have been released for sale.”
The club’s success in the tournament comes despite a Coventry City fans group calling for a boycott of season tickets for the next campaign in an escalation of animosity between supporters and the English League One football club’s owners.