Non-League minnows Marine FC are to hold ticket prices at the usual £10 for the visit of Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur for next month’s FA Cup third round tie.
The Merseyside-based Northern Premier League club will welcome a maximum 500 supporters for the televised match at Marine Travel Arena on January 10. The Football Association and Sefton Council agreed the limit for the 3,000-capacity arena, located in England’s Tier 2 zone, following a COVID-19 stadium assessment carried out by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority.
Club officials have decided that tickets will be allocated initially to priority groups such as members, players, staff and main sponsors. The balance of the tickets available out of the 500 will then be offered to regular Marine fans who have attended all or the majority of the seven home games played at the Marine Travel Arena up to the October 31. No tickets will therefore be placed on general sale.
Tickets will be sold in person to members of the priority groups and individuals selected from the ticketing systems attendance data on the basis that each ticket buyer completes and signs a declaration regarding ticket use and COVID-19 compliance. Photo ID will be required to purchase the allocated ticket.
The prices continue at the rates charged for league and cup games played at the Marine Travel Arena this season with adult tickets costing just £10 and concessions £6.
Marine chairman Paul Leary said: “It is absolutely vital that our members, regular supporters, players, staff and main sponsors receive between them the number of tickets that we have available.
“Our members and regular fans deserve the chance to watch the most magical FA Cup game in the history of the competition.
“As we are strictly limited to the number of spectators that can attend the game, it is of course regretful that we cannot put any tickets on general sale, as the demand for any possible remaining tickets would be overwhelming.”
The hosts recently offered Tottenham season ticket holders free tickets to a Marine game during the 2021-22 season as fans of the Premier League club would be unable to attend the FA Cup match.