Filed: Wednesday, 16th May 2012
By: Staff Writer
Blackpool FC have confirmed that they still have in excess of 10,000 tickets for this weekend's play-off Final available for sale - despite the match being just 72 hours away.
With little more than three days remaining until the big game, the Tangerines have confirmed that as of this morning they had sold a total of 27,624 - leaving in excess of 10,000 up for grabs.
Amongst that number are thought to be several West Ham supporters who were unable to obtain tickets in the home end after the club's allocation was sold out within 20 minutes of reaching general sale on Tuesday morning.
As such, there could be in excess of 40,000 West Ham United supporters at Wembley on Saturday afternoon - possibly the largest single gathering of the club's fans since the FA Cup Final against Arsenal some 32 years ago.
Unfortunately none of the tickets left unsold are likely to be returned to the Football League for distribution amongst United supporters, due to the fact that Blackpool have sold seats in every one of the available blocks.
Despite this, West Ham United co-Chairman David Gold told followers of his Twitter account this morning that more tickets may yet materialise. "We are sold out," said Gold, before adding, "it's still possible that Blackpool might return another 500 in the next day or so."
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by rugby irons
06:19PM 16th May 2012
''You have to question the Football league and Wembleys ticket allocation for the Championship Final. Firstly they give Blackpool approx 35,000? Then as expected West Ham sell their out straight away and then sell 500 tickets from Blackpool. At this point Blackpool have 10,000 - yes, 10,000 - tickets not sold but because of the way they have been sold across their end instead of in blocks, the remainder can't be sold to West Ham. So with WHU fans wanting these tickets and only three days left we can't be sold them.
This is just extremely poor ticket management from the FA as Wembley's owners. Blackpool will have 21,000, West Ham over 35,00 already so why couldn't the Tangerines let us have the rest so supporters like me who are missing out could have gone? You are outnumbered already so it makes no difference to you. The biggest losers are the WHU supporters but equally the FA who are missing out on the revenue. Disgraceful.''
by Nathan Hartigan
12:35PM 16th May 2012
''10,000 tickets unsold, the cost to Wembley over £700,000. No wonder they're still in red seats, should be sold in blocks. Got loads of my mates looking for tickets.''
by Lee Sifford
11:17AM 16th May 2012
''Empty seats for a Wembley Final? The Football League should hang their heads in shame, tickets should have been split 65%/35% in our favour. Somebody at the Football League should had done their sums properly.''
by Steve Pulvernis
11:04AM 16th May 2012
''Just hope someone puts an appropriate scarf around the BM statue. Will be watching with 150 other Queensland-based Hammers at midnight on Saturday!''
by Oh really
11:03AM 16th May 2012
''Since when was Wembley West Ham's home ground?''