Tottenham Hotspur fans have voiced their anger after tickets for the Premier League club’s first match at its new stadium rapidly sold out after a website error.
Thousands of people missed out on Tuesday after spending hours waiting for tickets only to be faced with a sold-out message. A batch of tickets had been released on Monday, which had also sold out.
The new 62,000-seat stadium staged its first test event on Sunday, finally giving fans a chance to look around after two years of being without a home ground. The stadium had originally been due to open last September.
The ground has been hit by a string of delays due to problems with its critical safety systems but, following a second test event this weekend, it will be ready to host its first Premier League match against Crystal Palace on Wednesday, April 3.
After being left empty handed, many fans criticised the system’s seemingly random distribution of tickets.
One fan on Twitter said: “Tottenham fans wait almost 2 yrs for the first game at the amazing new @SpursOfficial stadium. But the club sells tickets in a free-for-all where those that signed up yesterday have the same chance as members of over 20 years like me. No ticket, gutted.”
Tottenham fans wait almost 2 yrs for the first game at the amazing new @SpursOfficial stadium. But the club sells tickets in a free-for-all where those that signed up yesterday have the same chance as members of over 20 years like me. No ticket, gutted. @THSTOfficial
— Ian Mitchell (@EconMitch) March 26, 2019
Another added: “Going to Wembley for almost 2 years and being a Hotspur plus member means absolutely nothing. The ticketing system needs a complete overhaul. Two days trying to get Palace tickets only to find all sold out.”
To make matters worse for those loyal fans, tickets have been found on the secondary market for hundreds of pounds, despite the club’s “Hotspur plus” membership scheme.
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