Manchester United FA Cup tie allocation sells out.
- Manchester United v Wigan Athletic, Emirates FA Cup 4th Rnd, Sun 29th Jan 2017, 4pm.
- Total and final allocation of 3,000 tickets sells out.
- “We are committed to providing affordable prices to our supporter base wherever we can” - CEO Jonathan Jackson
MANCHESTER UNITED v WIGAN ATHLETIC
EMIRATES FA CUP 4TH ROUND
SUNDAY JANUARY 29th 2017
The club can confirm that the allocation of 3,000 tickets for the Emirates FA Cup 4th Round match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday 29th January has sold out, three hours after going on sale to season card holders this morning, Thursday 19th January.
This will be the final allocation received by the club.
The decision was made by the club to subsidise the face value adult prices of £46 for the first 2,500 tickets and £55 for the other 500.
The figure of 3,000 was made based upon the current away support figures, previous attendances at Old Trafford and the away following of around 3,500 at The Etihad Stadium for the FA Cup Quarter Final in 2014 when Latics were FA Cup holders.
The next available allocation at Old Trafford was for a further 2,500 tickets, pushing the total allocation up to 5,500 tickets.
Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that our allocation has sold out so quickly and it promises to be a great day for the supporters who travel to Old Trafford. It is always very difficult to predict demand in these situations and the initial feedback from supporters was mixed due to ticket prices.
“However, by subsidising the tickets we have enabled many supporters to go to the match who would not have been able to at the original prices. We are committed to providing affordable prices to our supporter base wherever we can.
“There is a major cost implication to the club of doing this, and when committing to an allocation we have to factor in the risk of having to pay for unsold tickets. To commit to a further 2,500 tickets was too great a risk based on all the factors that we consider relevant and we believe that 3,000 was an appropriate allocation.
“Our season card holders show great loyalty to the club and we feel it is correct that they should be rewarded by being given the opportunity to purchase tickets first. We do apologise to those supporters, including season card holders, who have not been able to purchase a ticket but such situations will inevitably occur when demand is unusually high for our tickets.”